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Disciplinary hearing on Busch charges is continued

July 14, 2012
By Brad Johnson Senior Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

A state Lawyer Disciplinary Board hearing on charges against former Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Busch ran all day in Charleston Thursday and was continued to a later date.

The hearing was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday and continued throughout the afternoon to the end of the court day, a Lawyer Disciplinary Board representative said Friday. No date had been set for the hearing to continue by presstime Friday.

Busch appeared before a Hearing Panel Subcommittee and faces possible disciplinary action. According to the 17-page filing, an investigative panel found probable cause existed to formally charge Busch with violations of the rules of professional conduct.

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The charges stem from Busch's behavior during separate cases involving Randolph County residents Judy Mae Blake and Autumn Ray Faulkner. Both cases were dismissed in 2011.

The filing accuses Busch of ignoring a court order to provide archives of computer hard drives during the Blake case, and of lying and making false representations to the court.

In January 2011, Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong dismissed the case against Blake and reported allegations of Busch's misconduct, which led to the state Office of Disciplinary Council initiating an investigation.

The filing also accuses Busch of making false statements about why a video was not turned over to the defense attorney during the Faulkner case.

In June 2011, Wilfong dismissed the case against Faulkner and reported allegations of misconduct by Busch.

In all, Busch is charged with actions in violation of five Rules of Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure in each of the two cases.

Busch was admitted to the state bar in April 2002. He was elected Randolph County prosecuting attorney and sworn into office in January 2009.

He hand delivered his resignation letter to the Randolph County Commission office Dec. 5, 2011. The commissioners later learned the Charleston attorney they hired to investigate "personnel matters" in the prosecuting attorney's office promised Busch's lawyer that a full report of the investigation's findings would not be written if Busch resigned from office.

Busch presented his resignation letter to the County Commission approximately 15 minutes before he vacated his office.

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