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Va. lawmaker who brandished AK-47 during legislative session was disbarred following death threat
The Daily Caller ^ | 1-20-2013 | David Martosko

Posted on 01/20/2013 5:02:08 AM PST by servo1969

A Virginia lawmaker who drew gasps from his colleagues when he brandished a borrowed AK-47 during an anti-gun speech Thursday was found guilty in 2002 of committing a vicious 1999 assault, was sanctioned for legal misconduct while prosecuting a rape case, spent six months in jail for contempt of a federal court, and saw his law license revoked in 2003.

Democratic Delegate Joseph Morrissey brought the rifle to the floor of the House of Delegates to demonstrate how easy it is to carry firearms in Virginia. Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert interrupted Morrissey’s speech to ask him to remove his finger from inside the gun’s trigger-guard — a basic gun-safety practice.

“I don’t think you should be able to possess an assault rifle,” Morrissey told ABC News on Friday.

But while Morrissey introduced a gun-control bill Thursday aimed at reducing criminal violence in Virginia, he has a history that involves physical violence of another kind.

Morrissey paid a man $500,000 in 2007 to settle a 2002 court judgment against him, related to a 1999 physical assault.

According to legal brief filed by the victim’s attorneys, Morrissey shouted, “I’m going to kill you. I’m going to beat your head in,” before beating the victim and “smash[ing] his head into the corner of a brick wall.”

The 2003 revocation of Morrissey’s law license followed that courtroom reckoning, but by then his disciplinary record in the legal profession was already a lengthy one.

After he applied for the reinstatement of his law license, the Virginia State Bar listed a litany of Morrissey’s misdeeds when it published his petition.

That list included the December 1993 suspension of Morrissey’s law license for six months following a complaint from a rape victim in a case he prosecuted. Morrissey, she said, allowed her rapist to plea-bargain his case down to a misdemeanor after his father paid $50,000 — half to the victim and the other half to charities Morrissey chose. She also testified that Morrissey hid the details of the plea-bargain from her.

The bar had already sanctioned Morrissey in June of that year when it learned of his misconduct in a felony drunk-driving case. Without asking the court’s permission, Morrissey issued a new arrest warrant with a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless driving. He was required to write a formal letter of apology to the judge.

By that time, the bar was accustomed to hearing about Morrissey.

It forced him to attend legal ethics training after he represented a criminal defendant in the same case in which he had previously prosecuted him. Another reprimand came for engaging in a fist fight with a defense attorney whose client he was prosecuting.

In 1999, the bar suspended Morrissey’s law license again, this time for three years, after he made “public statements about the identity, testimony or credibility of prospective witnesses” in a federal court case.

Morrissey was convicted on two counts of contempt of court in that case, and sentenced to 90 days in jail plus three years of probation. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia also disbarred him, effectively denying him future access to plead cases in federal court.

In a separate case that contributed to that suspension of his law license, Morrissey was cited for contempt in Chesterfield County, Va. after he directed an angry outburst at a judge during a sentencing hearing.

After he was released from jail, Morrissey violated the terms of his probation by “attempting to circumvent the conditions of probation and lying to [his] probation officer,” according to the Virginia State Bar. As a result, he spent an additional 90 days in jail and his law license was formally revoked.

The bar issued a recommendation to the Supreme Court of Virginia in May 2011, arguing that Morrissey’s petition for reinstatement should be denied. The court disagreed, ruling in December 2011 that he could have his law license back after ten years of disbarment.

Morrissey’s AK-47 stunt on Thursday likely pleased at least one man.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported in 2010 that one witness in his license reinstatement hearing was longtime gay-rights activist Guy Kinman, who said he missed Morrissey’s headline-grabbing antics.

“When I pick up the Times-Dispatch, generally his name is not there” anymore, Kinman explained.

“Some of the drama is gone. Where are you Joe? Any drama freaks among us would wish the old Joe were here.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; gunrights; morrissey; obama; secondamandment; secondamendment

1 posted on 01/20/2013 5:02:19 AM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

The gun was NOT an AK47. I was not an “assault weapon” and was not banned under the prior assault weapons ban. The magazine in the gun would be banned under proposed legislation.


2 posted on 01/20/2013 5:05:02 AM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: servo1969
Full Title-
"'I'M GOING TO KILL YOU' Anti-gun Va. lawmaker who brandished AK-47 during legislative session was disbarred following assault, death threat" Look at his thumb.
Imbecile.
3 posted on 01/20/2013 5:08:16 AM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Why did this assclown not have 10 guns pointed at him during this stunt?


4 posted on 01/20/2013 5:14:00 AM PST by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: servo1969

Another liberal doing something stupid with a gun. I see a pattern developing here...


5 posted on 01/20/2013 5:16:59 AM PST by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: servo1969

Seems like a standard-issue Democrat to me.


6 posted on 01/20/2013 5:19:35 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: servo1969

Liberalism is a mental disease.


7 posted on 01/20/2013 5:20:39 AM PST by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe)
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To: servo1969
Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert interrupted Morrissey’s speech to ask him to remove his finger from inside the gun’s trigger-guard — a basic gun-safety practice.

It's a common theme: politicians and media types telling US what guns we should not have, and all the while violating basic gun safety practice, because they know next to NOTHING about guns to start with.

Me, I've just about had it with this whole charade. These people mean to take our civil rights by any means necessary, starting with the right to keep and bear arms. There will be war.

8 posted on 01/20/2013 5:21:51 AM PST by backwoods-engineer ("Remember: Evil exists because good men don't kill the gov officials committing it." -- K. Hoffmann)
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To: servo1969

i must admit... i'm not surprised no one called him out on this.

9 posted on 01/20/2013 5:22:35 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: servo1969
I'm detecting a pattern here...



10 posted on 01/20/2013 5:27:20 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: servo1969

If he’s a convicted felon, and I’m not sure that he is from reading the article, wouldn’t he be violating the law by possessing a firearm?


11 posted on 01/20/2013 5:41:51 AM PST by KingLudd
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To: servo1969

Normally his thumb is occupied somewhere else.......Uh, holding a pen to sign legislation?

Molon labe.


12 posted on 01/20/2013 5:44:18 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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To: servo1969
If any of his convictions could have carried a maximum penalty of one year or more, even if he wasn't actually sentenced that long, then he committed a Federal felony by possessing a firearm.
13 posted on 01/20/2013 6:03:25 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: KingLudd

The guy who lent him the firearm also committed a felony by letting him have the firearm.


14 posted on 01/20/2013 6:03:34 AM PST by Renegade
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To: servo1969; All
“I don’t think you should be able to possess an assault rifle,” Morrissey told ABC News on Friday.

I think we all agree on that point - I don't think YOU should be allowed to possess ANY weapon, Mr. Morrissey. Dangerous fool.

15 posted on 01/20/2013 6:10:51 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The Liberal ruling class hates me. The feeling is mutual.)
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To: servo1969

Can you imagine the hand wringing of what the liberals would do or say had this moron’s finger slipped causing several rounds to shoot and possibly ricochet hitting or killing someone in that room? Would libs STILL be on a rabid anti-gun stance even when it was one of their own that caused the problem with not knowing how to properly handle a loaded weapon? Would the same libs want to prosecute this dopey liberal to the full extent of the law and possible the death penalty if the bullets discharged killed one or more people?


16 posted on 01/20/2013 6:22:26 AM PST by Blue Highway
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To: KingLudd

He is not a convicted felon. He is a disbarred lawyer who got his license back on a 4-3 vote of the state supreme court.


17 posted on 01/20/2013 6:22:54 AM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: servo1969

Just looking at that nimrod pinned my gaydar.


18 posted on 01/20/2013 6:23:05 AM PST by Arm_Bears (Ted Kennedy's Oldsmobile has killed more people than my guns.)
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To: nonliberal
This is the Virginia legislature. Folks walk about the state wearing pistols ~ just like it was normal eh, and there's also a concealed carry situation where law abiding folks, and even state legislators, can carry concealed weapons.

There are 100 members of the House ~ I'd guess there were 99 firearms ready to bring to bear on any problem.

If it's diffferent in other states that's their problem.

19 posted on 01/20/2013 6:30:10 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: servo1969

Sure would have been good if a guard put a slug into him for that stunt...who knows the condition of the gun - or the condition of his brain.


20 posted on 01/20/2013 7:03:11 AM PST by BobL
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To: servo1969
"Democratic Delegate Joseph Morrissey brought the rifle to the floor"

Lunatics with guns bump for later......
21 posted on 01/20/2013 7:15:30 AM PST by indthkr
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To: servo1969

The moron had his thumb on the trigger and the magazine was inserted.

Holy crap. I would have ducked! But then again I would not have been in that room full of politicians since I have CC.


22 posted on 01/20/2013 7:15:58 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: servo1969

A Virginia politician found guilty of committing a vicious assault in 1999 may be angling to become the state’s next attorney general.

Democratic Del. Joseph D. Morrissey was disbarred and lost his law license in 2003 after attacking a man — beating him with a large ring around his finger.

According to legal brief filed on behalf of the victim, Morrissey shouted, “I’m going to kill you. I’m going to beat your head in,” and then attempted to make good on his promise.

When the man attempted to escape his beating, Morrissey “smashed his head into the corner of a brick wall,” according to a court filing by the victim’s lawyers.

In 2002, a jury decided that Morrissey must pay his victim $40,000 in compensatory damages and $1,000,000 in punitive damages. The amount was later reduced.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/12/20/politician-responsible-for-brutal-assault-may-run-for-va-attorney-general/#ixzz2IWsBvgnt

23 posted on 01/20/2013 7:24:51 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: servo1969

I am going to look for this idiot tomorrow as I walk the halls of Richmond with VCDL. I will remind him what an idiot he is and that the whole world knows it.


24 posted on 01/20/2013 7:36:40 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: servo1969

What an idiot...


25 posted on 01/20/2013 8:00:51 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: servo1969
“I’m going to kill you. I’m going to beat your head in.”

Assault words. Ban his mouth.

26 posted on 01/20/2013 8:19:51 AM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: servo1969

Mr. Morrisey, there is a state in this union where your views would be appreciated. It’s called Maryland. Get your ass out of the Commonwealth, plz, and go join your own kind. KTHXBAI.

Why are there so many drunken Irish Dems from Virginia in the news lately? Jim Moron, Gerry Corruptolly, and now this Fegelein.


27 posted on 01/20/2013 8:53:26 AM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey
He is not a convicted felon. He is a disbarred lawyer who got his license back on a 4-3 vote of the state supreme court.

So glad they stood on principle.

28 posted on 01/20/2013 9:05:58 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Bathhouse Barry wants YOU to bend over for another four years)
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To: servo1969

Imbecile,well he’s a democtar it’s expected.


29 posted on 01/20/2013 9:07:32 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: servo1969

Who. in God’s name, elected this offshoot of evolution? Hopefully, he is homosexual and won’t be breeding anymore of his mutation.


30 posted on 01/20/2013 10:43:02 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: servo1969

Who, in God’s name, elected this offshoot of evolution? Hopefully, he is homosexual and won’t be breeding anymore of his mutation.


31 posted on 01/20/2013 10:43:17 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: VeniVidiVici

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_D._Morrissey


32 posted on 01/20/2013 10:59:54 AM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: servo1969
 
 
Isn’t it interesting that the people who are jumping up and down the hardest to disarm us are big thugs themselves. We need a special thread just to keep track of all of them.
 
 

33 posted on 01/20/2013 11:01:22 AM PST by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: servo1969

Hey, thanks for electing a criminal, VA.


34 posted on 01/20/2013 11:52:33 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: servo1969

Under the Lautenberg amendment, I think he is barred from possessing any firearms.

Will he be prosecuted?


35 posted on 01/20/2013 11:58:07 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: servo1969

Pretty humdrum résumé for a dammocrap. No murders, no rapes, no dead interns, no molested underage boys or girls, no arkancides, no dead choir members [secret lovers?], no cocaine parties, no choom choom gang, no “bitch set me up,” no billions stolen from investment clients. I’m surprised they even admitted him to the club.


36 posted on 01/20/2013 12:05:22 PM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: servo1969

I hope this hypocrite is not hiding tomorrow while VCDL is there. I want to find him.


37 posted on 01/20/2013 12:16:13 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: NTHockey
Hopefully, he is homosexual and won’t be breeding anymore of his mutation

You tell me.


38 posted on 01/20/2013 9:27:59 PM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks servo1969. Sociopathy ping:
A Virginia lawmaker who drew gasps from his colleagues when he brandished a borrowed AK-47 during an anti-gun speech Thursday was found guilty in 2002 of committing a vicious 1999 assault, was sanctioned for legal misconduct while prosecuting a rape case, spent six months in jail for contempt of a federal court, and saw his law license revoked in 2003... Morrissey paid a man $500,000 in 2007 to settle a 2002 court judgment against him, related to a 1999 physical assault. According to legal brief filed by the victim's attorneys, Morrissey shouted, "I'm going to kill you. I'm going to beat your head in," before beating the victim and "smash[ing] his head into the corner of a brick wall." ...December 1993 suspension of Morrissey's law license for six months following a complaint from a rape victim in a case he prosecuted. Morrissey, she said, allowed her rapist to plea-bargain his case down to a misdemeanor after his father paid $50,000 — half to the victim and the other half to charities Morrissey chose. She also testified that Morrissey hid the details of the plea-bargain from her... his misconduct in a felony drunk-driving case. Without asking the court's permission, Morrissey issued a new arrest warrant with a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless driving. He was required to write a formal letter of apology to the judge... legal ethics training after he represented a criminal defendant in the same case in which he had previously prosecuted him. Another reprimand came for engaging in a fist fight with a defense attorney whose client he was prosecuting. In 1999, the bar suspended Morrissey's law license again, this time for three years, after he made "public statements about the identity, testimony or credibility of prospective witnesses" in a federal court case. Morrissey was convicted on two counts of contempt of court in that case, and sentenced to 90 days in jail plus three years of probation. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia also disbarred him, effectively denying him future access to plead cases in federal court... was cited for contempt in Chesterfield County, Va. after he directed an angry outburst at a judge during a sentencing hearing. After he was released from jail, Morrissey violated the terms of his probation by "attempting to circumvent the conditions of probation and lying to [his] probation officer," ...spent an additional 90 days in jail and his law license was formally revoked.

39 posted on 01/21/2013 11:59:53 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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