Today, the South Carolina Supreme Court published two opinions:
In Roe v. Biddy, the Court dismissed the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted.
In the Matter of Justin J. Trapp, the Court suspended an attorney from the practice of law for one year, retroactive to the date of his interim suspension. The Respondent in the this matter was an attorney that was barred in 2009. In 2012, Respondent was appointed to a case to represent an applicant for a post-conviction relief (PCR). Respondent failed to answer any of the various correspondence that was sent to the address provided by respondent in the Attorney Information System (AIS). In 2014, the Attorney General’s office notified Respondent that the PCR case was on the court roster. The Respondent informed the Attorney General’s Office that he was not admitted to the S.C. Bar and did not practice law due to administrative suspensions by the Court for failure to pay license fees and to comply with continuing legal education requirements. New counsel was appointed for the applicant.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel notified Respondent that he was being investigated and requested a written response, to which Respondent failed to respond as required. The Respondent’s conduct was found to have violated the following Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 407, SCACR: Rule 8.1(b), Rule 8.4(d), and Rule 8.4(e). Respondent also admitted his conduct constituted grounds for discipline under Rule 7(a)(1), (3), (5),(6), and (7), RLDE.