The Supreme Court of Illinois issued an order on January 17, 2024, disbarring attorney William E. Miller III from practicing law in the state.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of William E. Miller III,” with case no. 2023PR00065.

Miller had filed a motion with the court on November 1, 2023, requesting to have his name stricken from the Roll of Attorneys in Illinois. Miller’s motion came after he pled guilty on September 7, 2023, in Madison County Circuit Court to four misdemeanor charges related to an incident in 2016-2017. Miller had originally been charged with two felony counts of possessing stolen firearms, one felony theft charge, one misdemeanor theft charge, and two felony counts of obstructing justice related to stolen artifacts and firearms.

As part of the plea deal, Miller pled guilty to two reduced misdemeanor counts of theft and two counts of resisting or obstructing a police officer. The plea came after Miller received stolen goods, including firearms, from two men who had burglarized homes and then attempted to sell the stolen items. Miller also lied to police about possessing the stolen firearms.

In its January 17th order, the Illinois Supreme Court granted Miller’s motion to voluntarily terminate his law license. The order strikes Miller’s name from the Roll of Attorneys in Illinois, disbarring him from practicing law in the state effective immediately.

The Disposition states:

“Motion by William E. Miller Ill to strike his name from the roll of attorneys licensed to practice law in Illinois pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 762(a). Allowed. Effective immediately.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Miller III was an attorney in Alton, Illinois. He attended the Saint Louis University School of Law, graduating in 1983. He acquired his law license in Illinois in 1984.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.