Joe Morrissey first met his underage girlfriend in May of 2013 when he was a patient at a foot and ankle treatment center where she worked. Delegate Morrissey began dating and spending the night with the then 17 year old Myrna Pride in August 2013. [read_more] Pride’s older sister, Deidre Pearson, had become very concerned about her “naive younger sister”. When Pearson realized that Myrna was spending the night with Morrissey she alerted her father, Coleman Pride, who went to Morrissey’s home on August 23, 2013. Coleman Pride then called the police. Two Henrico county police officers arrived around midnight and found Myrna Pride in Morrissey’s home. Pearson also provided the police with sexual text messages between Morrissey and Pride. ALL the salacious details of Morrissey’s relationship with the teenager can be found in the Alford Pleas agreement between Morrissey and the Commonwealth (embedded below). Don’t read it unless you have a strong stomach. It is not appropriate for children. Taking advanced courses, Myrna Pride was able to graduate early from Monacan high school in 2013. She is now 18 years old and has moved to Lawrenceville GA with her mother. She is currently taking psychology courses at John Tyler Community College while working as a tutor for middle and high school students. She is pregnant, expecting a son in March. Paternity has not been established. Miss Pride is obviously a bright and attractive young woman. What a shame she got involved with the low life Joe Morrissey.
Delegate Morrisey is single with three daughters from three previous relationships. Prosecutors have said “perhaps” Morrissey is the father of Pride’s child. This man, Joe Morrissey, should not be in the General Assembly. Nor should he have a license to practice law. He previously lost his license after he nearly beat a man to death. From Wikipedia,
As an attorney, Morrissey was cited for contempt of court ten times and was jailed or arrested five times. On December 21, 2001, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Morrissey was disbarred and on April 25, 2003, his license to practice law was revoked by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board. “Frequent episodes of unethical, contumacious, or otherwise inappropriate conduct mar Joseph D. Morrissey’s career as prosecutor and private defence attorney,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit noted in September 2002. The court said, “Evidence … demonstrates Morrissey’s 15-year history of contempt citations, reprimands, fines, suspensions, and even incarcerations arising from unprofessional conduct mostly involving an uncontrollable temper, inappropriate responses to stress and dishonesty.” On December 16, 2011 The Supreme Court of Virginia approved a petition for his reinstatement to the bar. However, Morrissey remains ineligible to practice in the federal court.