On Thursday, March 14, 2024, the Supreme Court of Kentucky confirmed the automatic temporary suspension of Ronnie Lee Goldy, Jr., a former Eastern Kentucky Commonwealth’s Attorney. The suspension order was issued following Goldy’s conviction on multiple felony charges in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Ronnie Lee Goldy, Jr.,” with case no. 2024-SC-0048-KB.

In the case of United States v. Goldy, 5:23-cr-00089-DCR, a jury found Ronnie Lee Goldy, Jr. guilty on all counts. Goldy faced charges of Honest Services Wire Fraud, Travel Act violations, and Bribery Concerning a Program Receiving Federal Funds. These charges stemmed from allegations that Goldy engaged in legal favors for Misty Helton, a criminal defendant, in exchange for explicit photos and videos. The evidence against Goldy included hundreds of verified Facebook messages between him and Helton.

After approximately six and a half hours of deliberation, the jury reached a verdict, finding Goldy guilty on all counts. The federal prosecutor announced intentions to pursue an enhancement for obstruction of justice based on Goldy’s testimony during the trial.

Goldy’s attorney, Michael Curtis, argued during the trial that the case relied heavily on the credibility of Misty Helton, who had a history of criminal charges. Curtis questioned her credibility as a witness. However, the federal prosecutor, Andy Boone, presented the numerous Facebook messages between Helton and Goldy as corroborating evidence.

Following the conviction, Goldy is set to be sentenced on May 24, 2024. Until then, he will be allowed to remain out of custody. The charges against Goldy carry potential prison terms of at least one year for each offense.

The confirmation of Goldy’s automatic temporary suspension by the Supreme Court of Kentucky is in accordance with Supreme Court Rule (SCR) 3.166. This rule stipulates that any member of the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) who is convicted of a felony shall be automatically suspended from the practice of law in the Commonwealth.

Goldy’s automatic suspension from the practice of law took effect on February 3, 2024, and will remain in effect until dissolved or superseded by a subsequent order of the court. The Supreme Court of Kentucky’s confirmation of the suspension emphasizes the seriousness of Goldy’s conviction and aims to uphold the integrity of the legal profession.

The suspension order requires Goldy to notify all courts or tribunals where he has pending matters, as well as his clients, about his inability to represent them. He must promptly advise them to seek new counsel. Additionally, Goldy is mandated to send copies of these notifications to the Office of Bar Counsel. He is also required to cancel any pending advertisements and cease advertising activities during the term of his suspension or disbarment.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Ronnie Lee Goldy, Jr. is an attorney in Morehead, Kentucky. He acquired his law license in Kentucky in 2001.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.