Former St. Louis prosecutor’s law license suspended over police assault cover-up

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Former St. Louis assistant circuit attorney Bliss Barber Worrell. (Photo by Robert Patrick of the Post-Dispatch)

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A former St. Louis prosecutor’s law license has been temporarily suspended after she admitted in federal court that she helped cover up a city police detective’s assault on a handcuffed suspect.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Bliss Barber Worrell pleaded guilty in October to a felony charge of misprision of a felony, with a recommended 18 months on probation.

A court order says the suspension is in place pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings by the Missouri Supreme Court’s Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel.

The license suspension was expected after her conviction. Worrell’s sentencing is scheduled for April 13.

Worrell and others reportedly knew of detective Thomas A. Carroll’s alleged assault of suspect Michael Waller, but didn’t report it to superiors and assisted in filing charges against Waller.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch