Monday, July 16, 2018
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Lawyer accused of video voyeurism permanently disbarred

As expected, the Florida Supreme Court has permanently banned Tampa Bay attorney James Patrick Stanton Jr. from practicing law in the state.

RELATED COVERAGE: Attorney accused of secretly videotaping women agrees to permanent disbarment

Stanton, who in January signed a consent to disbarment, was accused of secretly videotaping nude and partially undressed female employees of a Tampa company where he worked. Although he was arrested in 2014 on more than 100 felony counts of video voyeurism, a judge dismissed the case against him after his lawyers argued that the statutes of limitations had expired.

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