November 26, 2012
Letters, We Get Letters
The South Carolina Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded the General Counsel of the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
The general counsel and Disciplinary Counsel entered into a consent agreement for discipline.
The general counsel was involved a jurisdictional dispute with judges over returned tickets. He willfully refused to comply with over twenty orders to return tickets. Rather, he sent letters explaining his view of the law rather than obey the court's orders.
He filed a judicial ethics complaint against a judge that was dismissed. Thereafter, he "ceased the practice of sending the letters, as well as unilaterally deciding what court orders he would follow based on his own view of the law."
The basis for discipline were the ex parte contacts of sending his letters, which were copied to counsel for defendants but not to defendants who were pro se. (MIke Frisch)
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