firm website which is still up and running. The Associated Press is reports that Walker confessed to the crime, and the Legal Profession blawg links to Walker's voluntary disbarment. This is an excerpt from the local news report at WIS10 Columbia, SC:
A South Carolina attorney sentenced to three years in prison for trying to hire someone to kill another lawyer has been disbarred. The state Supreme Court on Monday ordered that Irby Walker's law license be revoked.
Walker in August was sentenced after pleading guilty to solicitation to commit a felony.
Police said they recorded conversations Walker had with another person about how much Walker would be willing to pay to have Conway attorney Doug Thornton killed.
Authorities say Walker paid the prospective hit man with a post-dated check because he didn't have enough money in his account to cover the check's face value.
The underlying story relates to a lot of bad blood between Walker and his intended victim(s). There is also a connection to a small town mayor that Walker represented, a blown divorce representation, and bad real estate deals.
Now get this, under South Carolina rules, Walker can apply for reinstatement after he completes his criminal sentence. Amazed? I am.
By the way when I originally wrote about this case I linked to this article which spells out in some detail what was going on with Walker at the time he pulled these stunts. It's worth reading for the Southern Gothic quality of the attempted murder.