FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 3, 2013
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Prescott Attorney John R. Thornton Suspended for Attempted Aggravated Assault
PHOENIX – July 3, 2013 – The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court has ordered that attorney John R. Thornton of Prescott be suspended from the practice of law for two years.
On March 11, 2013, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge accepted an agreement for discipline by consent between John R. Thornton and the State Bar of Arizona and ordered he be suspended for two years, retroactive to Nov. 19, 2012.
Thornton was arrested on felony charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and disorderly conduct on Nov. 13, 2011. He plead guilty to one count of aggravated assault, a class 4 felony, which lead to the suspension.
In addition to the suspension, John R. Thornton was ordered to pay $1,200 to the State Bar of Arizona for costs and expenses incurred during its investigation. If reinstated, he will be placed on probation for two years and will be required to participate in the Bar’s Member Assistance Program (MAP).
Consumers may report attorney misconduct by calling the State Bar of Arizona Attorney/Consumer Assistance Program (A/CAP) hotline at 602.340.7280.
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