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Iowa commission recommends former prosecutor be barred from practicing law for 4 years

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WINTERSET, Iowa — A commission has recommended to the Iowa Supreme Court that a former prosecutor who beat a client that he'd had a sexual relationship with should be barred from practicing law for at least four years.

The Des Moines Register says (http://dmreg.co/UD4EW9 ) the Iowa Supreme Court's Grievance Commission also criticized Anthony Zane Blessum for his lack of remorse. Among other findings, the commission said in its recommendation to the Supreme Court that Blessum had neglected his duties for the client.

In March 2013 Blessum pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman on June 11, 2012. He was given seven days in jail, probation and was told to pay her nearly $7,000 in restitution. Blessum was Madison County attorney from 1987 through 1997.

Blessum's lawyer says Blessum was disappointed by the commission's findings.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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