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|Galesburg Attorney Recommended for Law License Suspension
|A state agency has recommended that a Galesburg attorney be barred from practicing law for a month and a half in connection to allegations that she committed misconduct while representing a man suspected of murder. The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has recommended that Kimberly Norton be suspended for 45 days after allegedly engaging in inappropriate conduct while serving as the attorney for now-24-year old Christopher Mixon.
Mixon was charged with First Degree Murder Accountability for his alleged role in the shooting death of Patrick Thomas Lynch in April of 2006. Norton was appointed to represent lynch after now-former Assistant Knox County Public Defender Geoffrey Campbell was dropped after taking medical leave.
Norton was accused of interviewing the other defendant in the case, Anthony Bell without the knowledge of Bell's attorney, Knox County Public Defender Jim Harrell. Norton was fired from the case after allegedly costing the county too much money, and Campbell was believed to be reappointed. Norton allegedly then failed to turn over a videotape of her interview with Bell.
The ARDC recommendation was filed Tuesday, and does say it doesn't believe she intended to cause Mixon any harm, but that a short period of suspension would be appropriate in order to benefit both the public and the legal profession. The recommendation goes to the Illinois Supreme Court for review.
Mixon eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Bell was convicted of Murder and sentenced to 32-years in prison.
Read the entire ARDC ruling and recommendation by CLICKING HERE (PDF document).
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