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VSB moves to take over lawyer’s office

A receiver has been appointed to preserve and audit the office of Blacksburg lawyer Joseph Painter, now facing drug and gun changes in the wake of a February incident.

The Roanoke Times reports Tommy Joe Williams, who practices law in Roanoke, will take on the job of protecting any assets of Painter’s firm. Williams will also take responsibility for Painter’s eight active clients and 30-40 semiactive clients.

Painter was arrested Feb. 26 after authorities responded to calls about a possible fight between a man and a woman in a car. He was charged with DUI along with three felony distribution of a controlled substance and two counts of providing a firearm to a convicted felon. His passenger, a former client and convicted felon, was also arrested on gun and drug charges.

Painter is currently free on bond, and his law license remains active. His next court appearance is June 3.

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