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Attorney Jeffrey Moorhead Was 'Not Provided Due Process' in District Court Disciplinary Matter, V.I. Supreme Court Finds

  • Janeka Simon
  • November 30, 2022

Local attorney Jeffrey Moorhead has, at least for now, retained his right to appear before the Virgin Islands Supreme Court after the high court declined to impose reciprocal discipline that had been handed down by the District Court of the Virgin Islands. The District Court had ordered a two-year suspension after receiving a complaint from the parent of a defendant represented by Moorhead in 2021. That complaint resulted in the appointment of a Magistrate Judge from Pennsylvania to hear the case against Moorhead. However, unlike other court proceedings, the appointed Magistrate Judge did not hold evidentiary hearings, neither did she interview the parties in question — Moorhead, his client, or his client’s mother — the woman who penned the complaint in the first place.  The magistrate did, however, review previously disciplinary penalties imposed upon Moorhead, and examined eight different occasions where the attorney in question had received court fines or been removed from his ro...