LOS ANGELES — Bruce Charles Fehr, an attorney from Flinstone, Georgia, was recently disbarred from practicing law in California after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.
Fehr's disbarment order was handed down by the California Supreme Court Jan. 6.
Fehr pleaded guilty Dec. 2, 2015, and then surrendered himself to a federal prison April 29, 2016, to begin his prison sentence. The attorney received a sentence of 3 years in prison for the criminal conviction, along with 10 years' of probation.
Fehr was initially placed on an interim suspension to provide ample time for an appeal to be made, but Fehr and his counsel failed to file one. After it was determined an appeal would not be filed, the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel proceeded with disbarment.
Savannah, Georgia TV station WSAV reported that Fehr was working as an Episcopal priest on Wilmington Island when he was arrested for downloading child pornography in April 2015. He had been working as a priest since 2013.
The attorney was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1985 after graduating from the Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu. Fehr was also recently disbarred from practicing law in Florida.
Fehr will be required to comply with the California Rules of Court Rule 9.20 subsections (a) and (c) in regards to his disbarment. The rules require Fehr to notify all of his clients of the ruling, deliver any papers necessary to clients in regards to their cases, return any fees that remain unearned, and alert opposing counsel in any pending litigation of his disbarment. Fehr must also file with the clerk of the State Bar Court that he has complied with the provisions of his disbarment.
Court documents for all State Bar Court of California cases can be located online at calbar.ca.gov.