Shoplifting public defender banned from practicing law

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - No one opened the door at Etandra Douglas's house in Southeast Shelby County, but at least one person willing to talk about the former public defender who is now suspended indefinitely from practicing law in Tennessee.

"Let's put it this way, we're all human and subject to make mistakes in life," said Ollie Bradshaw

Bradshaw was doing business inside the Criminal Justice Center near the very courtrooms in which Douglas reportedly worked.

"But we do look for them to do the right thing," said Bradshaw.

Douglas was charged last year with shoplifting $1,300 worth of jewelry from the Macy's store at Southland Mall.

"She could have put that on layaway," said Bradshaw.

Douglas was reportedly placed on administrative leave without pay following her arrest.  She was then terminated this past August after she pleaded guilty.

The Tennessee Supreme Court's Board of Professional Responsibility took further action just this week.

"The court suspended Ms. Douglas's law license based upon her plea of guilty to a serious crime," a spokesperson said in a statement.

That means what may have been a lapse in judgement could cost Etandra Douglas her law career.

"I think she does deserve a second chance," said Bradshaw.  "But first she needs help, needs to go and get her some help."

Douglas was placed on diversion until August 2012.

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