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Johnston attorneys in ticket-fixing case get law licenses back

Posted October 5, 2011

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— The North Carolina State Bar has reinstated the law licenses of two of the four Johnston County defense attorneys who pleaded guilty last year to participating in a ticket-fixing scheme.

Vann Sauls and Jack McLamb had the remaining 2½ years of their license suspensions lifted by the State Bar, as long as they comply with various conditions that the disciplinary board set out for them.

The men pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice charges in the ticket-fixing case. Former Johnston County Assistant District Attorney Cyndi Jaeger and defense attorneys Chad Lee and Lee Hatch are serving prison terms in the case, while Sauls, McLamb and court clerk Portia Snead were placed on probation.

Seventy dismissal forms with Jaeger's signature on them were filed after she left her job in September 2007. All of the defendants in the cases were clients of the four attorneys – most were represented by Lee, a former Johnston County prosecutor – and Snead deleted the attorneys' names from at least two cases from the courthouse computer system.

Thirty-four cases that were dismissed involved alcohol-related offenses, mostly driving while impaired. Some of the dismissed cases involved repeat offenders, alcohol levels more than two times the legal limit or people who were later charged with DWI again.

A judge ruled in February that authorities couldn't reinstate the charges that were illegally dismissed.

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  • commonsensical Oct 5, 2011

    Amazing. These guys should be disbarred for life.

  • djofraleigh Oct 5, 2011

    How can they be trusted members of the bar ever again?

  • airbornemonty Oct 5, 2011

    angieb: "Do you feel this way about ALL people that commit crimes?"

    Answer: You bet I do!

    Crimes that the criminals commit cause the tax payers in North Carolina money.
    But if you're on welfare well, that might be another story.

  • ssgoodlife Oct 5, 2011

    as if you could trust them again. It figures, corruption & politics at its finest

  • ssgoodlife Oct 5, 2011

    as if you could ever trust them again, thats johnston county and politics for you. One wonders where all the lawyer jokes come from? most of them are very funny and alot them true until you need one. Of course that doesnt change the truth of the matter most of these lawyers, judges & Da's pat each other on the back and have worked both sides of the courtroom before. Oh lets not forget the golf, parties, and benefits where they mingle

  • wolfpacker1 Oct 5, 2011

    They fit in with all the other crooks running things!

  • angieb Oct 5, 2011

    "Come on Folks. "YOU" who are without a sin be the first to cast the stone!!! They have been dealt with- and hopefully have learned their lessons well. No need to punish them for the rest of their lives. I am sure they will walk the walk now....I wouldn't hesitate to use these attorneys or lawyers. Forgive, forget and move on."

    Do you feel this way about ALL people that commit crimes?

  • martha4 Oct 5, 2011

    I THOGHT YOU COULD NOT HAVE A CONVICTION AND GET YOUR LICENSES SO HOW CAN YOU BREAK THE LAWS (YOU ARE TO UPHOLD) GET A CONVICTION AND STILL GET THEM BACK??????? MAKES NO SENSE BUT DOES ANYTHING THAT THE COURT SYSTEM DO !!!!!!!! MM

  • tatermommy52 Oct 5, 2011

    NC Bar Association is a big contributor to the Democratic Party.

  • davidbh61255 Oct 5, 2011

    Tell me they didn't fire the clerk. What an INJUSTICE!!

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