A week ago Thursday, Joseph D. Morrissey, a Delegate to the Virginia legislature introduced a bill into the Virginia House of Delegates (similar to House of Representatives in most states), to ban assault weapons and other gun control measures. In an attempt to shock his fellow politicians, he suddenly held up an AK-47 assault rifle and told his colleagues that no one needs to own one of those horrible weapons. Morrissey spoke out against all forms of violence, especially violence committed with a gun.
During Morrissey’s tirade against assault weapons, he had his finger on the trigger of the assault rifle as he shook it in the air. Republican Todd Gilbert actually interrupted Morrissey and asked him to take his finger off the trigger before anything accidental happened. Anyone who knows anything about guns and handling them would know that you never put your finger on the trigger of a gun unless you plan to fire it.
Morrissey is a good Democrat, following in the traditions of the Democratic Party and its biggest heroes.
So what made Morrissey such a good Democrat?
From 1989 to 1993, Morrissey served as the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Richmond, Virginia. While prosecuting a rape case in 1993, he had his law license suspended for 6 months following the complaint of the rape victim. She claimed that Morrissey allowed the father of the rapist to pay $50,000, half to her and half to charities of Morrissey’s liking and then offered the rapist a plea bargain that reduced his charge from a felony to a misdemeanor and then hid the details of the plea bargain from her, which is a criminal offense.
Earlier that year, he was censored for misconduct for the way he mishandled a felony drunk-driving case. In this case, Morrissey took it upon himself to issue a new arrest warrant for the driver that reduced his felony charge to a misdemeanor without just cause.
In 1999, Morrissey physically attacked another person. During the attack, Morrissey shouted:
“I’m going to kill you. I’m going to beat your head in.”
He then proceeded to start beating the victim and smashed his head into the corner of a brick wall. In 2002, he was convicted of the physical assault. He was ordered by the court to pay his victim $500,000, which he finally paid in 2007.
By this time, Morrissey had a legal rap sheet as long as many career criminals. In 2003, his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia was revoked by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board.
So what does a disbarred lawyer do to make a living? You go into politics.
In 2007, Morrissey ran for the Virginia House of Delegates, 74th District, which includes part of Richmond, Virginia the eastern part of Henrico County, Charles City County and a portion of Prince George County. The people of the 74th District paid no attention to Morrissey’s unethical past and voted him into office and he was sworn in in January of 2008 and continues to serve to this day.
I suspect his position as a member of the House of Delegates was enough pressure to get the Supreme Court of Virginia to approve a petition to re-instate his license to practice law and re-admit him to the state Bar Association.
With a legal misconduct rap sheet a mile long, being disbarred and irresponsibly waving an assault rifle on the floor of legislature evidently qualified Joseph D. Morrissey to be a good Democratic politician.