July 11, 2011
Hit Man Paid With Post-Dated Check
The South Carolina Supreme Court has imposed a disbarment by consent in a disciplinary matter involving a litany of ethical violations, some related to the practice of law and some not.
This violation stood out from the crowd:
In August 2010, respondent pled guilty to solicitation of a felony. Specifically, respondent admitted attempting to hire a "hit man" to murder another member of the South Carolina Bar. Respondent paid the "hit man" in part with a post-dated check because he did not have sufficient funds in his account to pay the check's face value. Respondent was sentenced to ten (10) years imprisonment, suspended upon service of three (3) years imprisonment and five years of probation...
Complainant, the attorney respondent attempted to have murdered, represented the wife in a domestic matter. Respondent represented the husband. After being relieved from the case, respondent went with the husband to the wife's home and convinced her to fire Complainant and reach an agreement with the husband. Respondent told the wife not to tell anyone about the visit. Respondent prepared a quit claim deed for the husband to sign as part of the settlement he was proposing.
The attorney may not seek reinstatement until after he completes the sentence, pays restitution, costs and satisfies other conditions set by the court.
Hope the checks are not post-dated (MIke Frisch)
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