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The sins of the father (access required)

Long time Columbia city councilman and convicted felon E.W. Cromartie II had an interesting argument for why the South Carolina Supreme Court shouldn’t disbar him from the profession. Cromartie, who spent ten months in federal prison for tax evasion, asked the court during an Oct. 4 hearing not to strip him of law license because he feared it would hurt his namesake son, E.W. Cromartie III, who is also an attorney.

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Attorneys – Discipline – Disbarment – Clients’ Funds – Mother’s Estate (access required)

In re Hemingway Respondent failed to protect the liens of two of his personal-injury clients’ medical providers, failed to comply with court orders when he was administering his mother’s estate, failed to disburse settlement funds to another client, and accepted a retainer fee while he was on interim suspension.

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Attorneys – Discipline – Disbarment – Stealing Client Funds (access required)

In re Taylor Where respondent (1) embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars of client funds in order to support a lavish lifestyle, (2) failed to safeguard other client funds, (3) incurred debt in his wife’s name without her knowledge, (4) pled guilty to breach of trust with fraudulent intent, and (5) failed to respond to inquiries by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, we agree with the recommendation of the Commission on Lawyer Conduct panel’s recommendation that respondent be disbarred.

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