Former district attorney may be disbarred

Former district attorney may be disbarred

February 14th, 2009 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Cookeville district attorney's ethical troubles may soon come to an end unless he can win a Chancery Court appeal to prevent his disbarment.

Bill Gibson was the 13th judicial district's district attorney for 18 years when it was discovered that he broke professional ethics rules.

The Cookeville Herald-Citizen reports he communicated improperly with a man his office was prosecuting for murder and a woman convicted of drug charges.

The Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court suspended Gibson's law license in September 2006. He resigned in April 2008.

This month, a three-member state hearing panel recommended Gibson be disbarred for five years.