Ex-judge disbarred after bribery conviction

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Posted: Nov 29, 2010 10:58 AM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS - A former state district judge who is serving a 10-year federal prison sentence for taking bribes has been permanently blocked from practicing law in Louisiana.

Louisiana's Supreme Court permanently disbarred Michael Walker this month, noting his conviction in 2008 for taking bribes in return for lowering bonds. Walker stepped down as a judge in Caddo Parish after the conviction.

A former juvenile court judge in Caddo, Vernon Claville, was also convicted in the case and gave up his judgeship soon afterward. Records show that Claville permanently resigned from the practice of law in Louisiana earlier this year.

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