In handing down his decision that Morrissey would not be permitted to practice law in New South Wales, the state’s most senior judge wrote that “he is not a person in whom the bench and legal practitioners could repose their trust.”
Chief Judge Peter McClellan conceded that “Mr. Morrissey is a talented and effective advocate” and “an extraordinarily gifted teacher.”
“However, I have after very careful consideration come to the view that he is ‘not a fit and proper person’ to be admitted as a legal practitioner. His character is marked by wilful disobedience of court orders and rules, episodes of violence, a failure to make appropriate disclosure and a lack of candour when dealing with his colleagues.
Morrissey became the center of attention when he brandished an AK-47 rifle during an anti-gun speech in the Virginia General Assembly last week. He has not responded to emails from The Daily Caller seeking comment about his professional history and his legal disciplinary record.
TheDC reported on Tuesday that Morrissey “lost or misplaced” two semiautomatic firearms that he borrowed from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science. One of those weapons, an Israeli-made Uzi, was recovered in a storage locker rented by a heroin dealer. (RELATED: Joe Morrissey once “lost” 2 semi-automatic weapons police loaned him)
“I don’t think you should be able to possess an assault rifle,” Morrissey told ABC News on Friday.