01.28.2014 Order of Interim Suspension [Richmond County]

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Attorney John W. Roebuck, Jr., illegally purchased hydrocodone from a former client who was acting as a confidential informant for law enforcement.  On December 18, 2013, Roebuck pled guilty to a Class I felony stemming from the illegal purchase.  Roebuck received a suspended jail sentence of three to thirteen months.

The Chair of the Disciplinary Hearing Commission may “enter an order suspending an attorney’s license upon receipt of a certified copy of a plea of guilty to a serious crime showing professional unfitness to practice law” (see Subchapter B, Rule .0115(d) of the administrative rules).  Criminal offenses showing professional unfitness are defined in Subchapter B, Rule .0103(17) of the administrative rules.  One such offense is the “commission of … any felony ….”  Based on that authority, the Chair suspended Roebuck, pending the conclusion of the State Bar’s disciplinary proceedings.

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About Tripp Huffstetler, Senior Staff Writer (57 Articles)
Tripp Huffstetler served as the Senior Ethics Staff Writer for the Campbell Law Observer. He is originally from Cherryville, North Carolina. In 2011, Tripp graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy as well as Political Science. During his undergraduate studies, Tripp spent summers assisting at a practice in his hometown of Cherryville. During law school he interned with the Hon. Kris Bailey, District Court Judge; Judge Paige Phillips, Wake County Magistrate; the Hon. Paul C. Ridgeway, Superior Court Judge; and the Wake County District Attorney's Office. He also assisted a local attorney in drafting a guide to interlocutory appeals, which will be published by the North Carolina Bar Association. Tripp graduated from Campbell Law School in May 2014.
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