Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A Utah vacation during which an attorney "drank to oblivion" led to a criminal conviction and a nine-month suspension from the South Carolina Supreme Court.
The attorney was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over by the police. He advised the driver not to cooperate and berated the officer. He refused to exit the vehicle as directed and locked the doors. The officer tried to TASER him but it did not function properly. He fought with police after he was pulled out. He bit one of the officers on the arm.
The attorney was convicted of two counts of assault, interference with a police officer making a lawful arrest and failure to disclose his identity.
The court viewed the dash camera video as part of its review of the case.
The court found that the attorney's drinking explained but did not excuse he misconduct. The suspension was imposed nunc pro tunc t o an interim suspension. (MIke Frisch)