Top Air Force Lawyer Practiced Law for 20 Years After Being Disbarred

By Maddy Sauer

Dec 7, 2006 1:32pm

A top Air Force lawyer has been relieved from his duty after it was discovered that he had been disbarred from practicing law over 20 years ago. Col. Michael D. Murphy joined the Air Force in 1983 and had risen to the position of Commander of the Air Force Legal Operations Agency. Late last month, during an internal review process, it was discovered that Murphy had been disbarred in Texas and Louisiana in the mid-1980s. Murphy was immediately relieved from his duties, but he will continue to be paid during the course of the investigation. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS Phony Marine Busted — Too Fat to Be Real Missing Marine Causes Security Alert During President’s Trip Click Here to Check Out Who’s Blowing Hot, Cool and Smoke Today While Murphy is currently on leave, he can return to work anytime where he will be assigned other non-legal duties pending the result of an investigation, according to Jean Schaefer, a spokeswoman for the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s office. Schaefer wouldn’t comment on why it wasn’t discovered sooner that Murphy had been disbarred. "That’s part of the investigation," she said. Click Here for the Brian Ross Investigative Homepage.
"We have now asked for all JAGs to present documentation to their superiors, showing they’re in good standing," Schaefer said. The "Air Force Times," which first reported the story, reported that Murphy had been disbarred in both Texas and Louisiana, after he was sued by the Texas State Bar for professional misconduct, which Murphy then allegedly lied about on his Louisiana Bar application.

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