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Former top prosecutor's bar license suspended

Embattled prosecutor requests to stay on boating crash case, despite victim’s family’s opposition
Posted at 7:06 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 19:06:09-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The former top prosecutor of Lancaster County’s license to practice law will be suspended.

Jan Smith, who lost re-election as Lancaster County commonwealth's attorney last November, was the subject of a CBS 6 Problem Solvers Investigation after he offered a controversial plea agreement to Rand Hooper, the man charged in the boating death of his friend where alcohol was a factor.

In May, the Virginia State Bar’s disciplinary committee was hearing ethics charges brought against Smith.

As a result, Smith's license to practice law will be suspended for a year and one day.

That extra day means Smith will have to take the ethics portion of the bar exam before being reinstated.

The latest twist in Hooper's case came in September when a judge made the decision to appoint the third prosecutor in the boating crash case stating campaign contributions made by the victim’s family to the new prosecutor, Tony Spencer, created the “appearance of impropriety.”