On Tuesday, April 11, 2023, the Third District Subcommittee, Section II of the Virginia State Bar publicly admonished Chesterfield County Commonwealth attorney Stacey Tharp Davenport pursuant to an agreed disposition arising out of the disciplinary matter alleging Davenport of misconduct.

The case is titled “In the Matter of Stacey Tharp Davenport,” and was brought by the Virginia State Bar, case #22-032-124923.

The charges cited Davenport’s violation of Rule 3.6 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, which provides:

A lawyer participating in or associated with the investigation or the prosecution or the defense of a criminal matter that may be tried by a jury shall not make or participate in making an extrajudicial statement that a reasonable person would expect to be disseminated by means of public communication that the lawyer knows or should know, will have a substantial likelihood of interfering with the fairness of the trial by jury.

According to the court filing, Davenport violated the above-cited rule when she issued a press release in her capacity as the Commonwealth’s attorney for Chesterfield announcing the schedule of the trial of a case she was prosecuting, which the trial court found to have “presented a substantial risk of interfering with the fairness of this jury trial.”

Thereafter, the State Bar of Virginia, through Renu M. Brennan, Bar Counsel, and Davenport and her counsel, submitted an Agreed Disposition for a Public Admonition for the approval of the Third District Subcommittee, Section II.

The Agreed Disposition stipulated that the parties agreed to the imposition of public admonition upon Davenport’s misconduct and that such discipline is appropriate for the matter if this case were to be heard through an evidentiary hearing by the Third District Subcommittee, Section II.

Upon consideration of the Agreed Disposition, the Third District Subcommittee, Section II of the Virginia State Bar voted to approve the agreed disposition of public admonition.

The order reads:

“Accordingly, having approved the agreed disposition, it is the decision of the Subcommittee to impose a Public Admonition, and Stacey Tharp Davenport is hereby so admonished.”

According to her LinkedIn page, Ms. Stacey Tharp Davenport is currently the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Chesterfield County, Virginia. She earned her Juris Doctor from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. Davenport has been admitted to practice in Virginia in 2002.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.