Prominent Greenville attorney found guilty of obstructing justice

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A Greenville attorney was found guilty of a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge Thursday.

The state rested its case against David Sutton on Wednesday. He was arrested at the courthouse in 2013 after he allegedly refused to follow an officer’s order to put his files on the machine to be x-rayed.

The state case resumed on Thursday where Sutton made claims that the officer arrested him illegally without a warrant. Sutton blames the officer’s demotion on his poor judgement of arresting him.

Sutton continued to argue his innocence during sentencing on Thursday after he was found guilty of resist, obstruct or delay a public officer.

He was issued a 45 day suspended sentence, 48 hours community service, anger management classes and a $250 fine. The charge had a maximum penalty of 60 days. Sutton said he will appeal and that puts the sentence on hold until the appeal is heard.

Once the appeal is heard and if the verdict is upheld, Sutton would have 60 days to complete the terms of his sentence.

Sutton was found guilty of violating more than 30 rules of professional conduct by the State Bar in July of 2014.

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