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May 9, 2022

Former public defender can sue federal judiciary 

While sovereign immunity will limit her claims, a former federal public defender in North Carolina can pursue claims against the judiciary for failing to take immediate and effective action regarding her sexual harassment complaints, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled on April 26.   The ruling partly reverses a 2020 dismissal of the […]

Oct 27, 2021

Former public defender settles suit with county over firing

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A former assistant public defender has settled his lawsuit against his boss and Charleston County for $605,000. Beattie Butler accused Ashley Pennington, the county’s top public defender, of violating his constitutional right to free speech when he was fired for raising ethics concerns about 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson and her […]

Apr 25, 2019

Fired PD’s suit against former boss plows on

  A former Charleston County assistant public defender who says he was terminated after he leveled allegations of corruption against the local prosecutor’s office can move forward with much of his lawsuit against his former boss, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Bruce Bowe Hendricks issued a ruling April 16 agreeing with most […]

Dec 28, 2015

Charleston public defender responds to lawsuit

Charleston’s head public defender has responded to a federal lawsuit alleging that he fired his office’s chief litigator for publicly criticizing the city’s top prosecutor. The public defender, Ashley Pennington, and his attorneys at Cleveland & Conley in Charleston raise 46 defenses in a Dec. 18 answer to Beattie Butler’s wrongful termination suit. They have […]

Jun 24, 2015

Playing favorites

If the 13th Circuit public defender and solicitor were siblings and Greenville County was their parent, identifying the favorite child would be simple. He’d be the one with cash spilling from his pockets while his sister begged for money.

Feb 2, 2015

No pay, no gain

Being a public defender is a thankless job. They get kicked around. The clients are difficult. The pay isn’t great. And, unlike some prosecutors and sheriff’s employees, they don’t get free gym memberships.

Jun 19, 2014

Attorneys – Discipline – Public Defender – Unqualified Clients – Money from Clients

In re McAuley (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-058-14, 3 pp.) (Per Curiam) S.C. S. Ct. Holding: When the respondent-attorney, as a public defender, represented clients who were not financially qualified to receive a public defense, and when she accepted funds from some of those non-qualified clients, respondent violated Rules of Professional Conduct 5.5(a), 8.4(a), and 8.4(b). […]

Mar 6, 2013

Facing DUI charge, public defender now needs a defender

Conway police have charged a public defender for Horry and Georgetown counties with drunken driving.

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