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Sep 15, 2016

Judges – Magistrate – Impartiality – Sheriff’s Wife – Remittal of Disqualification Process

In re Underwood (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-072-16, 3 pp.) (Per Curiam) S.C. S. Ct. Holding: After the respondent-magistrate’s husband was elected sheriff, she handled dozens of cases involving the sheriff’s department without adequately following the remittal of disqualification process. Respondent is publicly reprimanded. Respondent believed she was complying with the remittal requirements by an[...]

Jul 24, 2015

Judges — Magistrate Positions – Permanent vs. Temporary – Counties

Jayroe v. Newberry County (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-083-15, 5 pp.) (Per Curiam) S.C. S. Ct. Holding:  In answer to plaintiff’s question, defendants do not have the authority to abolish a part-time magistrate position in Newberry County. However, defendants didn’t abolish a part-time magistrate position; instead, defendants substituted a full-time magistrate position for three part-time magistra[...]

Oct 3, 2014

Judges — Discipline – Public Reprimand – Grandson’s Traffic Ticket

In re Johnson (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-112-14, 3 pp.) (Per Curiam) S.C. S. Ct. Holding: When the respondent-judge’s grandson was charged with driving under suspension, first offense, respondent should not have mentioned her title to the magistrate’s office when tried to facilitate a plea for her grandson. Respondent regrets her conduct and submits she will […]

Aug 8, 2014

Judges – Discipline – Public Reprimand – Criminal Conviction

In re Ferguson (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-088-14, 3 pp.) (Per Curiam) S.C. S. Ct. Holding: Where respondent pled guilty to two counts of offering and giving women money and/or other benefits for the handling and disposition of legal matters involving the women before him in his official capacity as magistrate in return for the women […]

May 27, 2014

Judges – Recusal Motion – Tort/Negligence – Attorneys – Legal Malpractice Action – Judge’s Former Firm

Kohler Co. v. Infinger (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-112-14, 4 pp.) (J. Michelle Childs, J.) 7:13-cv-03511; D.S.C. Holding: In this legal malpractice action, plaintiff bases its recusal motion on nothing more than the judge’s former employment with the defendant-law firm (13 years prior to the filing of this action) and an email from the court informing […]

Sep 6, 2013

Judges – Magistrate — Discipline – Kissing Clerk

In re Hatcher As a gesture of appreciation for a clerk’s hard work, respondent kissed her on the forehead at the conclusion of a session of bond court.

May 15, 2013

Judges – Magistrate – Discipline – Public Reprimand

In re Bryngelson The respondent-magistrate personally posted bond for a defendant who appeared before him, signed a document that appeared to dismiss a matter but did not (in which the defendant was later indicted and arrested), heard a matter without notifying the arresting officer or the victim, directed a clerk to change the case history in a case heard by another judge, and applied [...]

Nov 7, 2012

Judges – Magistrate – Intemperate Outburst – Public Reprimand

In re Martin After respondent’s disabled three-year-old son cost him a night’s sleep, respondent had a verbal altercation with a defendant during a bond hearing. Respondent threatened, “I’ll beat your ass if you call me a liar,” but respondent immediately apologized to the defendant.

Aug 9, 2011

Judges – Discipline – Suspension – Municipal — Extra Compensation – Police Department – Appearance of Partiality

In re Judge McKinney There is no allegation or evidence that respondent ever ruled in a particular way due to the police department paying her for extra work she performed after hours. There is no allegation or any evidence that respondent made any decision not fully supported by the evidence. However, respondent admits the payments from the police department could give the impression she[...]

Jun 3, 2011

Judicial Disciplinary Matter – Inappropriate Conduct -Public Reprimand

In the Matter of Horry County Magistrate James Oren Hughes Jr. A magistrate committed misconduct by making an inappropriate comment to a law student and by possessing a cell phone that contained an inappropriate image that was viewed by the law student and others at an Horry County Bar reception.

Nov 12, 2010

Judges – Magistrate – Discipline – Public Reprimand – Ex Parte Communications – Unapproved Procedures

In re Love. (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-143-10, 2 pp.) (Per Curiam) S.C. S. Ct. Click here for the full text of the story. Holding: Where respondent engaged in ex parte communication with certain defendants, used his judicial position to advance the private interests of a litigant, used an unapproved procedure for handling fines and bond […]

Nov 12, 2010

Judges – Misconduct – Removal From Office – Unauthorized Programs – Participant as Travel Companion

In re Evans. (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-141-10, 2 pp.) (Per Curiam) S.C. S. Ct. Click here for the full text of the opinion. Holding: Where a municipal court judge operated alternative sentencing programs that were not administered or approved by the Solicitor’s Office for the 14th Judicial Circuit or First Judicial Circuit, and where the […]

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