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Court rejects Bey IV attorney Lorna Brown’s plea deal

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Looks like the former attorney for convicted killer and Your Black Muslim Bakery boss Yusuf Bey IV’s problems with the State Bar just got more complicated. The state Supreme Court has rejected the plea deal Lorna Brown had worked out with the State Bar to give up her law license for two years after she was accused of smuggling a hit list from Bey IV out of jail before his trial for the murder of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey.

The 66-year-old Berkeley defense attorney and one-time substitute Superior Court judge (pictured with Bey IV in 2005) now faces the possibility of being disbarred altogether.

Says reporter Thomas Peele, writing for the Chauncey Bailey Project:

"It is very rare" that the Supreme Court rejects agreements reached in state Bar Court, said Diane Karpman, a former Bar Court referee. It means that justices found that the proposed sanction "was so far off base" that it could not be accepted, she said.

Image: Chauncey Bailey Project

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