The story behind the abrupt and murky departure of former Norfolk Circuit Judge Alfred M. Tripp from the bench may now be public. And it apparently involves in part providing false information on judicial selection questionnaires sent to the General Assembly.
Tripp departed from the Norfolk courthouse in October 2007 under circumstances that no one would discuss. It merely was announced that he had been barred from the premises.
He resigned his judgeship in February 2008.
No one was talking; reporters from both The Virginian-Pilot and Virginia Lawyers Weekly had trouble getting any info on just what was going on with Tripp.
In November, the Virginia State Bar suspended his law license for impairment reasons.
Here is what may be the rest of the story: This morning, the VSB issued a press release about Tripp. His license was revoked Oct. 20, a move to which he consented.
In the release, the bar said that “[i]n consenting to the revocation, Mr. Tripp acknowledged that he provided false information on judicial selection questionnaires provided to the General Assembly to support his application for a judgeship.”
No other information was provided by the VSB. Tripp was elected to a seat on the Norfolk General District Court in 2003; three years later, he was elevated to circuit judgeship by the General Assembly.
— Paul Fletcher
Update: On Nov. 6, the VSB posted the order in which Tripp consented to the revocation of his license. In the order, the committee chair noted that Tripp submitted several questionnaires to the General Assembly in which he answered “no” to question asking if he had ever been treated for any emotional or mental illness or condition. In fact, Tripp had received treatment from 1987 to 2006 for a number of issues, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the order stated.