SAN FRANCISCO -- It will take "a couple of months" for the State Bar of California to file new disciplinary charges against the former attorney for convicted triple killer Yusuf Bey IV, who is accused of smuggling documents out of jail for her client, a lawyer told a judge Monday.
The attorney, Lorna Brown, appeared briefly Monday morning in state Bar Court, where attorney discipline cases are tried. The state Supreme Court last week rejected a plea-deal Brown reached with the State Bar in 2011 that called for her to receive a two-year suspension of her law license for smuggling the documents out of the Santa Rita Jail in 2010.
Brown didn't speak during the brief hearing before Bar Court Judge Lucy Armendariz. Armendariz, who negotiated the settlement which the Supreme Court rejected, said she would transfer the case to another judge.
Alameda County prosecutors have said the documents contained a hit list of witnesses set to testify against Bey IV, the former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery who was awaiting trial on charges that he'd ordered the deaths of three men, including journalist Chauncey Bailey. Brown has told investigators she thought thee papers contained only a love letter for Bey IV's common-law wife.
A spokeswoman for Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said last week that additional information about Brown's involvement in the plot would be turned over to the state bar.