LPD: Lexington man was illegally practicing law

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A woman accused of shoplifting at a Lexington Kroger asked that her lawyer be present while she was questioned by police.  Now, that so-called lawyer is the one behind bars.

Police arrested 54-year-old James Gormley, of Lexington.

Investigators say Gormley arrived at the Bryan Station Road Kroger after the accused shoplifter called him to represent her.

Officers say when Gormley arrived, and multiple times thereafter, they referred to him as the woman’s “legal counsel,” and that he didn’t correct them.

Police say they later determined he was not licensed to practice law in Kentucky.

They also say he handled a receipt that was being used as evidence.  Investigators say they observed him handing it to the woman, who then put it in her shirt.  Police say both Gormley and the woman denied handling the receipt.

Gormley was charged with unauthorized practice of law and tampering with physical evidence.

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