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Former Rep. Nick Mackey's law license suspended after sleeping in court

Nick Mackey (courtesy: North Carolina State Legislature) Nick Mackey (courtesy: North Carolina State Legislature)

A former North Carolina representative's law license has been suspended less than a week after making national news when he reportedly fell asleep during a trial.

Last week, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia, tossed out a North Carolina man's conspiracy and racketeering convictions because his lawyer, Nick Mackey, slept through his trial.

The judges said Mackey's sleepiness meant Nicholas Ragin was deprived of his constitutional right to a lawyer. Ragin was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

According to the North Carolina State Bar's website, Mackey's law license is currently suspended. The site explains that Mackey is currently in a "wind down period due to disbarment, administrative suspension, or disciplinary suspension."

Officials with the NC State Bar say lawyers are required to keep continuing education credits and Mackey didn’t fulfill that requirement, which is why his license was suspended.

As soon as he takes those 12 hours of education, he can file for reinstatement. But officials says it could take a while because that committee only meets once a quarter. During this time, Mackey can wrap up existing cases, but he can't accept new ones.

He has 30 days to fulfill the requirements.

Mackey was issued his license in August 2003. He represented North Carolina's District 99 from 2009 until 2011.

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