Deputy Pinal County Attorney Richard Wintory has been suspended from practicing law for 90 days, effective March 15, after the Arizona Supreme Court accepted an agreement entered into by Wintory and the Arizona State Bar in February.
The agreement came in response to a complaint by the State Bar against Wintory alleging that he made false statements, was dishonest and engaged in conduct prejudicial to justice throughout the course of a capital case when he worked at the Pima County DA’s office.
Read about the bar complaint in our previous post here.
According to the Arizona Daily Star, Acting presiding disciplinary judge of the Arizona Supreme Court Mark Sifferman also ordered that Wintory pay $1,911 to the State Bar for costs incurred during its investigation. He will return to his role at the Pinal County DA’s office upon completion of the suspension:
Wintory, who could not be reached for comment, was placed on administrative leave without pay for the duration of the suspension, Jim Knupp, a Pinal County Attorney’s Office spokesman, said in an email Wednesday. Wintory will return to his duties once the suspension is completed, Knupp said.