Suspended lawyer Pizzo gets probation in meth case
Timothy "Rock" Pizzo, a Columbia County attorney, was sentenced in late May to 18 months probation for a felony and misdemeanor charge stemming from his drug addiction to meth.
Pizzo had received a conditional discharge for the felony drug possession charge in October 2018, but had not met the counseling, community service and drug test conditions.
His conditional discharge was revoked on May 22, but he still will not serve jail time.
Retired Oregon Supreme Court Justice Richard Baldwin presided over the case.
"I couldn't go to [Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous] meetings out here when every time, three or four people would pop up and leave because they were former clients" or their spouses, Pizzo told Baldwin.
"Your attorney makes a good point about mercy, but that runs up against equal application of the law," Baldwin told Pizzo during sentencing.
"I don't like to do it but I feel like I have to do it," Baldwin added about revoking Pizzo's conditional discharge, which means the felony and misdemeanor convictions will stay on his record.
Pizzo has not yet been sentenced on a related charge of endangering the welfare of a minor.
Click here for the full story on Pizzo's fall from grace, as exclusively reported by the Pamplin Media Group.
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