Tennessee lawyer is being reprimanded for appearing “ drunk in court to represent a DUI-entrusted client ”
- Tennessee lawyer Kent Thomas Jones was removed from court in September 2017 and charged with public intoxication
- He reportedly smelled of alcohol and acted erratically
- The charges against Jones were later dropped, but he has now been reprimanded by the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Responsibility.
- He has also been ordered to refund the money he charged to the client he represented at the time
A Tennessee lawyer was formally reprimanded for allegedly appearing drunk in court while representing a DUI-charged client.
On Monday, Kent Thomas Jones received a public disapproval from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee regarding the 2017 incident.
According to the disapproval, Jones showed up late to represent his client at the court appearance in September 2017.
Court employees removed Jones from the courthouse, and he was subsequently charged with public intoxication. Criminal cases against the lawyer were later dropped.
Kent Thomas Jones has received public disapproval from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee after allegedly appearing in court while drunk. The Supreme Court is shown
Jones reportedly charged his client a flat fee of $ 2,000, but did not specifically state that the money was non-refundable.
He later agreed to return the money to his client, but made only three partial payments in the nearly three years since the incident.
The disapproval orders Jones to pay the remaining money he owes within the next 60 days, otherwise his legal permit may be deprived.
The Board of Professional Responsibility has determined that Jones has violated three rules of professional conduct: preservatives, criminal conduct and prejudice to justice.
DailyMail.com has contacted Jones for comment.
A copy of the public disapproval of Kent Thomas Jones