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The West Virginia Supreme Court has annulled the law license of an attorney who beat a client with a baseball bat.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the court also ordered 40-year-old Joshua Robinson to take anger-management classes before applying for reinstatement in five years.

West Virginia lawyer disciplinary rules allow former lawyers to try to renew their law licenses five years after they are revoked.

In 2009, Robinson attacked client David L. Gump with a wooden bat after the man came to the lawyer's home and accused him of pocketing a $1,100 settlement check. Robinson pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding, and Kanawha County Judge Duke Bloom sentenced him to one to five years on home confinement.

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