Two local attorneys disciplined by Florida Supreme Court


Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 8:27 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 8:27 a.m.

Two Gainesville attorneys have been disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court. Both men were suspended and are not allowed to practice law during their suspensions, according to The Florida Bar.

In a news release, The Bar said Russell Flynn Crump, whose office is at 4404 NW 36th Ave., was suspended until further order. The suspension was handed down after Crump pleaded no contest in September to child abuse and failed to notify The Florida Bar as required when the felony charges were filed against him.

The other attorney, William Bedord Watson III, whose office is at 4131 N.W. 28th Lane, was suspended for three years - retroactive to Oct. 1, 2009. In the news release, The Bar noted that Watson “Deliberately and knowingly engaged in misconduct involving client funds. He intentionally disbursed thousands of dollars without their knowledge or consent.”

The suspensions were among Supreme Court orders that meted out discipline to 31 attorneys. Twelve lawyers were disbarred and 15 were suspended. The Bar noted that some attorneys received multiple forms of discipline. For example, one attorney was placed on probation, four attorneys were publicly reprimanded and two were ordered to pay restitution.

According to The Bar, case files on attorneys have been available to the public on the organization’s web site at www.floridabar.org.

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