South Carolina Supreme Court Decisions Issued Today (2/29/12)

The South Carolina Supreme Court published three opinions this morning.  They are as follows:


State v. Sterling

The Court affirmed Sterling’s conviction for securities fraud under S.C. Code of Law Section 35-1-501(3).  Sterling was charged with securities fraud, making false or misleading statements to the State Securities Commission, and criminal conspiracy.  While he was acquitted of the last two charges, he was convicted of securities fraud and sentenced to five years.

In the Matter of Glenn Oliver Gray

Glenn Oliver Gray was accused of the unauthorized practice of law, failure to communicate with a client, and failure to provide diligent and competent representation.  Charges were brought by the Office of Disciplinary Council, and a hearing was held before a panel on the Commission of Lawyer Conduct.  The Commission recommended that Gray be publicly reprimanded.  The Court concurred with the Commission’s recommendation of public reprimand.

In the Matter of William R. Taylor

Taylor was accused of professional misconduct.  He was charged with failing to pay money due to third parties, failing to safeguard client funds, and failing to respond to the Office of Disciplinary Council when it requested information about  the allegations.  According to the Court:  “(a) single hearing was held before a panel of the Commission on Lawyer Conduct (the Panel) regarding both sets of formal charges.  The Panel recommended that Respondent be disbarred. Respondent has not opposed this recommendation.  In light of the egregious nature of Respondent’s misconduct, we disbar Respondent.”


About Lisa Smith-Butler

Associate Professor of Law Charleston School of Law 385 Meeting St., Suite 322B Charleston, S.C. 29403 843.377.2144
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