Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The South Carolina Supreme Court imposed disbarment retroactive to the date of an interim suspension, as a result of a criminal conviction for the following misconduct:
In 1996, Respondent was indicted for common law obstruction of justice and offering a witness money with the intent to influence testimony in violation of S.C. Code Ann. § 8-13-705 (Supp. 1998) in connection with his representation of a defendant who was charged with burglary. The State presented evidence that Respondent offered the accuser money to drop the charges against the defendant and that he sent an investigator to pressure the accuser to drop the charges. The jury found Respondent guilty of obstruction of justice, but acquitted him on the statutory violation.