Wednesday, July 18, 2007
A single traffic ticket led to two judicial discipline cases against South Carolina magistrates and a one-year consent suspension of a lawyer employed by the Office of the Attorney General. The South Carolina Supreme Court accepted the consent disposition in a recent order. The attorney, who had been admitted in 2003, stipulated to a number of violations involving improper advice and conflicts of interest. One of the rules violated prohibits conduct that "pollutes the administration of justice."
There have been quite of few of these "magistrate misconduct" cases in South Carolina. One involved a magistrate who had falsely claimed to have attended a required CLE seminar. Another magistrate was removed from office by consent for engaging in adultery with two court employees, one of whom he had promoted prior to the onset of the relationship and later married. (Mike Frisch)