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W.Va. court suspends assistant public defender

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A longtime Kanawha County assistant public defender won't be able to practice law for 30 days because he ignored an error in a client's case.

The West Virginia Supreme Court suspended John P. Sullivan's law license on Wednesday. Sullivan also must work under a supervisory attorney during a two-year probation.

The order came in a 2009 case involving Anthony White. According to the order, an error in a Kanawha County Circuit Court judge's sentencing order delayed White's eligibility for parole for six months.

The order says Sullivan acknowledged taking no action to have the error corrected and ignoring phone calls from White and his family.

Kanawha County Chief Public Defender George Castelle tells the Charleston Gazette that Sullivan will remain with the Public Defender's Office.


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