LAWYERS ALLEGE “PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT”
S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson has been asked to launch an investigation into allegations of prosecutorial misconduct by Scarlett Wilson – solicitor for South Carolina’s ninth judicial circuit.
Bobby Frederick – president of the S.C. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – sent a lengthy letter to Wilson earlier this month urging him to use his authority to “protect the integrity of our criminal justice system” by investigating Wilson.
According to Frederick’s letter, Wilson has demonstrated “a custom and practice of questionable conduct in prosecuting cases.”
Several cases were cited in the letter – as was a tirade against prosecutorial misconduct launched by liberal S.C. Supreme Court justice Donald Beatty at a recent solicitor’s conference.
Defense lawyers say they took their concerns directly to Wilson in 2009, and were satisfied after a meeting with her that their issues had been addressed.
Not anymore, apparently …
“Unfortunately, since that time, there has continued to be troubling conduct arising in the ninth circuit,” Frederick wrote.
Wilson was traveling in Washington, D.C. and not immediately available for comment.
Wilson’s spokesman Mark Powell tells FITS that the Attorney General’s office just received Frederick’s letter this week and that the matter is currently “under review.”
UPDATE: Here’s the letter.
UPDATE II: Wilson responds.