The Supreme Court of Georgia has agreed to suspend the bar license of Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex McIver” until his murder conviction for the 2016 shooting death of his wife is resolved on appeal.
In a separate filing, Jenny Mittelman, deputy general counsel of the State Bar of Georgia, said the bar does not object to McIver’s voluntary suspension and asked the high court to accept it.
It is a violation of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer to be convicted of a felony. The maximum penalty is disbarment. A Fulton County jury convicted McIver on April 23 of the murder of his wife, Diane McIver, and of criminally influencing Dani Jo Carter, the sole witness in the shooting. The verdict came after a five-week trial.
Carter was driving McIver’s sport-utility vehicle when the lawyer fired his revolver from the back seat of the SUV in Midtown Atlanta. The bullet pierced the front seat where Diane McIver was sitting, fatally wounding her.
Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Robert McBurney sentenced McIver, 75, to a parolable life sentence on May 23. He will not be eligible for parole for 30 years.
The unsigned opinion noted that McIver has filed a motion for a new trial and that he intends to appeal if the motion is denied.
The high court suspended McIver’s license the same day it disbarred Columbus attorney George W. Snipes for his failure to pay $130,000 from a settlement to a client’s medical provider, instead keeping the money for himself.
The high court also accepted Florida resident Prince A. Brumfield Jr.’s surrender of his Georgia bar license after the lawyer filed a deed that purported to—but did not—bear a specific person’s signature.