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An East Bay lawyer who is in the midst of disbarment proceedings testified at a State Bar Court hearing in San Francisco on Thursday that she is seeking to resign from the bar.

State Bar spokeswoman Laura Ernde confirmed that Lorna Brown, 67, of Berkeley has submitted a letter resigning from the practice of law. But Ernde said the California Supreme Court’s approval is needed when a lawyer seeks to resign during disbarment proceedings.

The State Bar is seeking to revoke her law license because she smuggled documents and a letter out of Oakland triple-murder defendant Yusuf Bey IV’s jail cell in 2010 and then lied about her actions to investigators.

Brown has admitted to those charges, and the purpose of the  disciplinary trial was to determine whether she should be disbarred or merely suspended from law practice.

At the close of her testimony Thursday, Brown said she has sent a letter of resignation and said, “I intended to resign,” but gave no further details.

Yusuf Bey IV was convicted in 2011 of three counts of murder for ordering the killings of journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men in Oakland in 2007.