In the Matter of James William Richards IV

On May 4, 2015 the Board of Disciplinary Appeals signed an interlocutory order of suspension against Medford, New Jersey attorney James William Richards IV, 48, State Bar of Texas Card No. 00797313. On or about April 26, 2013 Mr. Richards was court-martialed after being found guilty of child pornography and sexual abuse of a child, Intentional Crimes as defined in the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure. He was also found guilty of failure to obey an order and was sentenced to incarceration in the Air Force Correction System for 17 years, ordered to forfeit all pay and allowances and dismissed from the service in United States v. Lieutenant Colonel James W. Richards IV, Cause No. 38346 in the Department of the Air Force Headquarters Air Education and Training Command Joint Base Randolph, Texas 78150-45344. Mr. Richards appealed his criminal conviction. The United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the general court-martial order and issued its mandate on August 7, 2017. On August 27, 2018 the Secretary of the Air Force approved the sentence. The criminal appeal is final and the Commission for Lawyer Discipline asks for final judgment of disbarment. BODA cause number 55908.

BODA Cause Number: 
Type of Matter: 
Compulsory Discipline
Date Filed: 
Thursday, March 12, 2015
BODA Decision: 
Interlocutory Suspension
Appealed to the Supreme Court: 
SBOT Card No.: 
Docket Date: 
Friday, July 26, 2019
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