On Wednesday, April 12, 2023, the Supreme Court of Alabama ordered the disbarment of Birmingham attorney Chase Tristian Espy based on his recent federal conviction for possession of child pornography.

Espy has been sentenced to 97 months in federal prison, to be followed by 20 years of supervised release on March 8, 2023. In October 2022, Espy pleaded guilty to the charge of possessing child pornography. As part of his sentencing, he has been ordered to make additional payments of $15,000 to the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act, and $5,000 to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. The assessments collected under these acts will be utilized to support and improve victim services.

According to the court document, Panel III of the Disciplinary Board of the Alabama State Bar accepted Espy’s Consent to Disbarment.

Based on the foregoing facts, the Court ruled to disbar Espy from the practice of law in the State of Alabama, effective April 12, 2023.

Mr. Chase Tristian Espy was a former member of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s staff. He has been licensed in Alabama.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.