Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The South Carolina Supreme Court has imposed a suspension of 90 days for the following misconduct:
Respondent represented the plaintiff in a civil suit. On April 2, 2008, the deposition of the plaintiff had just concluded and respondent was preparing to take a second deposition. The deponent in the second case was a defendant in the lawsuit. Respondent asked if anyone wanted to take a break. The defendant, who was seated across the table from respondent, said something to the effect of "No, let's get this crap over with." Respondent then stood up and pointed at the defendant's face and warned him not to speak to him in that manner. The defendant stood up and told respondent not to point his finger at him. Respondent then slapped the defendant in the face.
The defendant initiated criminal charges of simple assault and battery against respondent. Respondent pled "no contest" and was sentenced to payment of a fine.
Respondent self-reported this incident to ODC on the day it occurred.
The sanction was imposed by consent, with specified conditions on reinstatement. (Mike Frisch)