Telfair’s law li­cense sus­pended

For­mer Peters­burg at­tor­ney loses li­cense for 90 days

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For­mer Peters­burg City At­tor­ney Brian K. Telfair, who was con­victed last year for fil­ing a false po­lice re­port, has had his law li­cense sus­pended by the Vir­ginia State Bar Dis­ci­plinary Board.

The dis­ci­plinary board said that Telfair “vi­o­lated the pro­fes­sional rules that gov­ern mis­con­duct”.

His li­cense will be sus­pended for 90 days.

Telfair was found guilty in Septem­ber of 2017 of fil­ing a false re­port to po­lice. The in­dict­ment stemmed from a Peters­burg coun­cil meet­ing that was sched­uled for Feb. 16, 2016, which was right when the city’s fi­nan­cial trou­bles were be­gin­ning to come to light. Telfair, who was still the city at­tor­ney at the time, claimed he had re­ceived a phone call sev­eral hours be­fore the meet­ing, threat­en­ing phys­i­cal harm to him and coun­cil mem­bers at the meet­ing.

Telfair re­ported th­ese threats to the Peters­burg Bu­reau of Po­lice, and the

meet­ing was can­celed at the last minute. The threats would later turn out to be fab­ri­cated.

De­spite the can­cel­la­tion, many res­i­dents and even some mem­bers of the City Coun­cil showed

up at Union Train Sta­tion that night, con­fused about what had hap­pened.

Dur­ing his Septem­ber 2017 trial, Telfair pleaded not guilty, de­spite hav­ing ad­mit­ted to mak­ing the fake phone call him­self.

He was sen­tenced to 12 months in jail, with 11 months sus­pended, and or­dered to pay $7,411 of resti­tu­tion.

Telfair re­signed as city at­tor­ney in March of 2016.

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