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General Counsel for SC Motor Vehicles Dept Is Reprimanded for Writing Judges, Not Copying Parties

Dec 10, 2012, 09:22 pm CST


Hmmm . . . so he recognized he needed to 'cc' when there was another attorney on the other side, but didn't bother when the defendant was pro se. Shady.

By RecentGrad on 2012 12 11, 2:39 pm CST

Not worthy of a reprimand. The article suggests that these letters were "Post-trial" letters suggesting a disapproval of the way a judge has decided a traffic case based upon the understanding of the law by the judge. This article indicates that the GC only sent out letters of disapproval, but he undoubtedly also sent letters of approval.
Unsolicited letters are never a good idea but within the constitutional right of each of us to send letters of approval / disapproval to judges. It would be up to the Judge whether or not to disclose the receipt of these letters.
Apparently the practice of law has become like our "aha gotcha" political campaigns. In my opinion the this was an "aha gotcha" attack on the GC and not worthy of a public reprimand or any other "unethical" finding by the SC Bar.

By davebert on 2012 12 11, 4:18 pm CST

This is a bit more involved than the story suggests. Read the Opinion here:

"Consequently, between September 2009 and July 2010, respondent willfully refused to comply with twenty-one magistrate court orders to return tickets. Instead of filing a motion to have the legal issue
judicially resolved, respondent sent each magistrate a letter explaining his view of the law, purportedly as a justification for his unilateral decision to disobey a court directive."

By Paul the Magyar on 2012 12 12, 12:28 am CST

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