Danford Grant, who was sentenced last month to 25 years in prison for raping five women, signed paperwork permanently resigning his law license, according to documents provided by the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA).
Grant, who was admitted to the Washington bar in October 1996, resigned in lieu of discipline, including termination, the documents say. A WSBA complaint was filed against him after he entered guilty pleas May 7 to five counts of third-degree rape and one count of first-degree burglary for attacks on massage therapists, according to the documents.
The documents say Grant violated at least two separate rules for lawyers by engaging in criminal conduct and in “acts involving moral turpitude and/or unjustified acts of assault and/or acts reflecting disregard for the rule of law.”
Grant also paid the bar association $1,000 to cover expenses related to the formal complaint against him, the documents say.
“I understand that, after my resignation becomes effective, it is permanent,” Grant wrote in his resignation form. “I will never be eligible to apply and will not be considered for admission or reinstatement to the practice of law nor will I be eligible for admission for any limited practice of law.”
Grant’s resignation form was signed May 17, and he was sentenced in King County Superior Court on May 19. He is permanently barred from practicing law in Washington and all other states, according to the WSBA.
On May 20, Grant arrived at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton and was placed in the “intensive management unit,” a segregated unit away from the general prison population, said Department of Corrections spokeswoman Ruth Clemens.
“He’s pretty high profile. He’s been all over the news,” Clemens said of Grant, who currently spends 23 hours a day in a single-man cell.
The Shelton facility is the DOC’s “reception center,” said Clemens, adding that it will likely take a few more weeks before Grant is classified and sent to another prison.