On Wednesday, November 1, 2023, William E. Miller, III, an attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois, submitted a motion to the Supreme Court of Illinois to have his name stricken from the Roll of Attorneys pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 762(a).

The case is entitled “In the Matter of William E. Miller,”

The charges cited Illinois Compiled Statutes 720 5/16-1(a)(4), 5/31-1(a)(2) and Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct 8.5(b) which states:

Committing criminal acts that reflect adversely on dishonesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.

On September 7, 2023, attorney William E. Miller III pled guilty in Madison County Circuit Court to four misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident in 2016-2017. Prior to pleading guilty, Miller was investigated by the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission for his conduct related to these charges.

According to the statement of charges, in November 2016 two men, Gene Mellenthin and Matthew Smith burglarized two homes in Illinois, stealing ancient artifacts and firearms. They then gave the stolen goods to Miller, who knew they were stolen. Miller later attempted to sell the stolen items to an antiques dealer, who refused because they were likely stolen. When the local sheriff’s office began investigating the burglaries, Miller lied about possessing the stolen firearms and had an employee hide them.

Miller was initially charged in June 2019 with two felony counts of possessing stolen firearms, one felony theft charge, one misdemeanor theft charge, and two felony counts of obstructing justice. However, on September 7, 2023, he pled guilty to two reduced misdemeanor counts of theft and two counts of resisting or obstructing a police officer. As part of the plea deal, two felony weapons charges were dismissed. Miller was convicted and fined $1,289 in total.

In relation to his admission and conviction for the abovementioned misconduct, Miller filed a motion before the Supreme Court of Illinois, requesting for the court to strike his name from the Roll of Attorneys.

The motion states:

“Wherefore, Movant respectfully requests that the Court enter an order striking his name from the Roll of Attorneys.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Miller is 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.