Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley was disciplined by the state Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct today. He'll be suspended from law practice for 30 days, once the formal order is filed with the Supreme Court.
The committee found Valley had not communicated sufficiently with a client in a child support case. He waited 14 months before filing a petition for reduction of child support payments and then did nothing further, a committee spokesman said. Valley never responded to the committee's request for information on the case. His penalty was enhanced, a spokesman said, because Valley had been reprimanded three times previously.
UPDATE: His statement on the jump.
FROM MAYOR JAMES VALLEY
Following a hearing this morning, a panel of the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct found that I had violated some rules related to the handling of a case in 1999, 2000 and 2001. The panel also found that I did not communicate with the Office of Professional Conduct itself in response to letters sent to the law office in 2007.
The panel suspended my Arkansas Law License for 30 days and ordered me to pay $350.00 in costs. I am contemplating an appeal.
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