News 12's Chris Thomas got an exclusive interview with Joe Neal Jr. after his trial was continued on Monday. (WRDW-TV / April 30, 2012)
Monday, June 25, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Federal judges in east Georgia have suspended an Augusta attorney from appearing before their court during his probation after he accepted a plea deal in a criminal case.
U.S. District Court judges J. Randal Hall and Dudley H. Bowen Jr. wrote that lawyer Joe Neal Jr.'s conduct and requirements of his sentence "evoke grave concern."
The judges wrote in Friday's order that the prospect of attorney on probation and doing community service at a sewage treatment plant goes against the image and expectations of conduct for attorneys practicing before the court.
Neal was indicted in March after a then-18-year-old babysitter accused him of sexual assault. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, marijuana possession and an alcohol charge as part of a plea deal and was given probation and community service.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)