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September 2013

By order of September 25 the S.C. Supreme Court publicly reprimanded Joenathan Shelly Chaplin for misconduct based upon his failure to return an unearned fee following a decision of the Resolution of Fee Disputes Board and his failure to respond to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

In an order dated
September 25 the Court imposed reciprocal discipline and disbarred Sidney J. Jones. Ms. Jones pled guilty in Georgia to 11 misdemeanors, including smuggling contraband to an incarcerated client.

By order of September 4 the Court held Steven Robert Lapham in criminal contempt of court and sentenced him to 60 days imprisonment. That order indicated a hearing on civil contempt of court was to follow. By subsequent order of
September 19 the Court found Mr. Lapham in civil contempt of court and ordered him to file the affidavit required by Rule 30, RLDE, within two weeks after the completion of his criminal sentence and to fully cooperate with the attorney appointed to protect clients’ interests until that appointment is terminated by the Court. Justices Beatty and Pleicones did not find the respondent in criminal contempt of court but concurred with the majority's finding of and sanctions for civil contempt.

By order of September 19 the Court found Kenneth Gary Cooper willfully violated the Court's discipline order of April 25, 2012, and the terms of his cost payment plan. The Court therefore held the respondent in civil and criminal contempt of court.

By order of August 21 the Court found William Ashley Boyd in criminal contempt of court and sentenced him to six months imprisonment. The order provided that a formal order addressing the finding of contempt and further sanctions would follow. By subsequent order of
September 12 the Court found William Ashley Boyd willfully violated the Court's suspension and disbarment orders by continuing to represent clients he had represented prior to his suspension and/or disbarment and by representing a new client after he was disbarred. The Court ordered Mr. Boyd enter a repayment agreement and that violation of the new order may subject him to a further finding of contempt. Chief Justice Toal did not participate. 

By order of September 4 the Court suspended Harvey Breece Breland for one year, with additional conditions, for violations of the S.C. Rules of Professional Conduct including failure to provide competent representation, failure to keep clients reasonably informed about the status of a matter and failure to promptly deliver funds.

By order of
September 4 the Court suspended Robert A. Gamble for a period of 18 months (retroactive to August 24, 2011) for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct including failure to make reasonable efforts to supervise other attorneys and committing a criminal act which reflects on the lawyer’s honesty.

By order of
September 4 the Court issued a public reprimand to former Aiken County Magistrate Donald Louis Hatcher for violation of Canon 1, including avoiding the appearance of impropriety.

By order of
September 4 the Court imposed a six-month suspension as reciprocal discipline on Robert W. Mance, based on misconduct set forth in an opinion from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

By order of September 3 the Court accepted the resignation of Charles I. Gandy from the Bar.

By order of
September 3 the Court lifted the interim suspension of Sept. 10, 2007, on Charles Wade Cleveland, permitting reinstatement upon a showing of payment of license fees and meeting of continuing legal education requirements.