Former Prosecutor Loses Right to Practice Law, Criminal Charges Dropped

LUBBOCK, TX - Tommy Gene Stanfield, 44, of Lubbock “voluntarily resigned from the State Bar of Texas” according to the bar’s web site.  A call to the State Bar revealed the resignation was effective on Thursday. 

That means he is no longer eligible to practice law in Texas.

Stanfield was arrested in August of 2015 after he was indicted for compelling prostitution from a person under 18.  He posted bond to get out of jail.

Stanfield denied the allegation shortly after the case was filed.

In late January, court records reveal the charge was dismissed “in the interest of justice.”

Court records did not say specifically if the resignation was part of a deal with prosecutors to get the charge dismissed.

Stanfield was a former Assistant District Attorney in Lubbock before starting his own practice. 

A document filed in early January said prosecutors were prepared to present evidence at trial that Stanfield was taking kickbacks from a defense attorney during his employment with the District Attorney’s office. 

That same document accused Stanfield of drug and alcohol abuse.

And the document accused Stanfield of “the practice of exchanging sexual favors for legal representation.”

Stanfield’s attorney, Donald Flanary, said, “The case was dismissed. We’re pleased with that.”

“It’s definitely in the interest of justice,” Flanary also said. “He has always denied the allegations.” 

As for allegations Stanfield engaged in kickbacks, trading sex for services, and drug or alcohol abuse, Flanary said, “Those allegations -- that’s all they were -- allegations.  None of that got resolved.”

 


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