Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney on Morrissey: ‘Unethical’ but no charges

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor announced that the county will not be filing any criminal charges against Richmond mayoral candidate Joe Morrissey.

According to Taylor, “Joe Morrissey will not be charged with criminal wrongdoing. While what he did was wrong and unethical, there will not be a prosecution.”

Taylor’s comments stem from recently publicized allegations that he made sexual advances toward a client at his law office back in February.

“She did not call me up. It’s really disgraceful… It’s really reprehensible what she did, weighing on a subject that she had no bearing to do.” — Joe Morrissey

In a recent Richmond Times-Dispatch article, Kanika S. Morris accused Morrissey of exposing himself and sending lewd text messages before handing her off to another lawyer in his office when she refused them.

Morris said the other lawyer then pressured her into taking a plea deal.

“However, in accordance with our legal responsibilities to report unethical behavior, we have spoken with the Virginia Bar.”

When contacted by 8News, Morrissey said that he was prepared to take his own legal actions.

“Her behavior is going to warrant a bar complaint. She did not speak to me, my lawyer, anyone,” Morrissey said of Taylor’s investigation. “She is a Levar Stoney supporter.”

“She did not call me up. It’s really disgraceful… It’s really reprehensible what she did, weighing on a subject that she had no bearing to do.”

When asked if he felt vindicated in any way, he said, “It’s not a matter of vindication.”

He added that once he wins the mayor’s seat, he plans to seek legal action against the Richmond Times-Dispatch for their coverage on this issue.

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