SC Bar Set To Defend Lawyers’ Honor

GROUP PREPARING RESPONSE TO NEGATIVE POLITICAL ADS The S.C. Bar Association is reportedly preparing a television offensive in South Carolina aimed at “defending the legal profession” from a barrage of attack ads launched by the Republican Governors Association in the Palmetto State’s 2014 gubernatorial election. The ads (which we covered…


The S.C. Bar Association is reportedly preparing a television offensive in South Carolina aimed at “defending the legal profession” from a barrage of attack ads launched by the Republican Governors Association in the Palmetto State’s 2014 gubernatorial election.

The ads (which we covered HERE and HERE) go after S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen for his representation of criminals charged with both violent and sex-related crimes (including sex crimes against minors).

The ads are designed to assist incumbent “Republican” Nikki Haley – who narrowly vanquished Sheheen in a Republican “wave” election four years ago.

The bar has already issued a statement urging its members to “defend the legal profession against blanket political attacks against lawyers.”

“Each and every one of us has a professional duty to ensure that justice is not rationed but is available to everyone,” association president Alice Paylor said in the statement. “It is the job of a criminal defense lawyer to ensure his or her client has a fair trial, not to defend the crime.”

Paylor goes on to instruct her members to “help the Bar fight back.”

“Lawyers promote good government and economic growth,” she wrote. “They represent the individual, the small business, the larger entities and the government. Some of those individuals are the poorest in our communities, and lawyers go to court for them without charge.”

Expect to see those themes echoed in any television spot produced on behalf of the S.C. Bar Association …

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Charleston Retired lawyer April 28, 2014 at 11:43 am

The only way the South Carolina BAR can restore any honor to its organization is to get rid of Jean Toal. ALL members of the BAR are only there because she permits it – at her whim. Check the rules. For the BAR to make such an advertisement, Toal had to approve it – and she probably promoted it. She’s Sheheen all the way.

Working Lawyer April 28, 2014 at 11:48 am

Thank god you are retired. What a nut.

Country Lawyer's are cool April 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm

OMG, there are nuts in the lawyering profession?

Jackie Chiles April 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

You’re posting on a website run by one.

HD April 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Folks isn’t a lawyer. That should be clear to anyone who reads any of the nonsense he writes on legal topics.

Norma Scok April 28, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Heh..but he sure wishes he was.

euwe max April 29, 2014 at 2:29 am

Oh.. come on!

That’s just too low of a blow!

RCL April 28, 2014 at 9:08 pm

You are either Stephanie Nye, Jean’s favorite clerk, or another of her closest allies. Keep drinking her Kool-aid…… It will be good for you – and us.

Eye Spy April 29, 2014 at 11:14 am

You’re not even a lawyer. So stop pretending to be one or a dragon will come pluck you off your feet and fly you away to nevernever land.

Work It, Girl April 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Holy fuck. I think Grand Tango found work today. No pedo references so far…

Will Folks aka Sic April 28, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Agreed. He also did not blame the tornadoes on Obama. He be “moving on up!”

Deo Vindice SC April 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm

but it was a liberal tornado, right?

Limbaughsaphatkhunt April 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Depends whether or not they struck gerrymandered dem house districts.

Bible Thumper April 28, 2014 at 12:55 pm

It is the Koch brothers who released all that CO2 causing the climate change that create these tornados.{:-)

JD want to be maybe April 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm

If I was a Republican lawyer I would be thinking; “what the F? Does my party think I should not take cases with which I don’t agree? Do my party no longer believe that every person is entitled to a lawyer?”

And I might be looking for a new party.

Deo Vindice SC April 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm

JD if you’re a R man your orders come from the top 1%, welcome to the show. Nikki’s answer is no, unless R is the answer, then yes. Forget anything you learned about justice or the constitution, learn how to lie, go R, you’re a shoe in, say 2020. Good luck!

Manray April 29, 2014 at 10:51 am

The Repubs love them some Constitution — until it gets in the way of electoral success.

Jay Elliott April 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Of 31 Republican governors, 12 are lawyers. Susana Martinez (NM) is a former district attorney. Tom Corbett (PA) is a former assistant US Attorney and state attorney general. Brian Sandoval (NV) is a former U.S. District Court Judge and state attorney general. Of all people, they should know a little bit about the criminal justice system.

John April 28, 2014 at 1:53 pm

That doesn’t matter – there are political points to be made!

Manray April 29, 2014 at 10:49 am

You’re guilty of allowing the facts to muddy the picture being painted.

swampland April 29, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Under our system of justice, unless a judge orders an attorney to represent someone, it is the legal right of any attorney to reject any potential client so long as the rejection is not based on race, creed, color, sex, national origin, or perhaps sexual orientation.

If an attorney refuses to represent men who have been accused of domestic violence or assaulting children, fear not. There is no shortage of well-qualified attorneys willing to represent such clients in exchange for money.

Jay Elliott April 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm

The oath that I swore to in our state supreme court says: I will assist the defenseless or oppressed by ensuring that justice is available to all citizens…Nothing in there about race, creed or other considerations. Some of the defendants I’ve represented were charged with heinous offenses – and were innocent. The only thing worse than representing someone I know is guilty, is representing someone I know is innocent.

Frank April 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Sounds like the Quinns will make some $$$ this week!

GrandTango April 28, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Wow: This is like Dr. Vermin Gosnell defending Obama over his support of 3rd-abortions…

LMAO..Who MAY have even a WORSE NAME than the democrats…???…Trial Lawyers…Hahahahaha….

Haley hit a GRAND SLAM outing Sheheen for his work shilling for Dirtbags…

She not only scored..Right Between The Eyes…this Dumb@$$ is going to enlist the source of his shame to out him even more for what and who he is……Ingenious by Haley’s handlers..

Deo Vindice SC April 28, 2014 at 5:44 pm

You are right, a super plan for a governor who sold SC for herself. Brilliant moves made by her, will ensure we are 20 years behind Ga. Our future is even brighter with a new Savanna port. Hope you have many children/relatives that live here. That’s a GRAND-SLAM-TANGO. Her lawyers and handlers have made this state # 1. Hooray for Nikki !!!!!!

GrandTango April 28, 2014 at 5:53 pm

She ain’t perfect. Made some mistakes. But nothing is WORSE than a Democrat…Get me a TRUE Conservative in the Primary…and we’ll talk…but until then, your candidate is unfit…

Deo Vindice SC April 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Get me a true conservative, that does not exist nowadays, this could be your problem. Tango, I respect you in a way, but the past is gone. You must be 95. R just does not cut it anymore in SC. Our state needs to move foward, it’s 2014.

Tip Your Bartender April 28, 2014 at 5:53 pm

I think you meant 3rd Term Abortions. YOU’RE one to talk about Grammer Day, fucking idiot! Would you like me to point out the other problems with the rest of your prose? Since it’s no secret you know where the edit button is, go ahead, impress us.

Tip Your Bartender April 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Grammar Day! See what I did there, GT?

The Truth Catching Up April 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Want me to tell you true stories about dirty SC lawyers who have/still do practice before the family court and circuit court? They should report judges for Canon violations and other lawyers for Rules of Professional Conduct violations, but they don’t in most all cases.

Deo Vindice SC April 28, 2014 at 6:14 pm

How do you think Nikki is our Governor?

Doris April 29, 2014 at 8:18 am

Nikki Haley and Jean Toal are virtually twins separated at birth. They are both addicted to power, they lie as they please, they viciously attack and punish their critics and they love back room deals in order to build their power bases. They love doing political favors for people so they have to pay them back. Psychopaths, both, who have made it work for them.

anonymous lawyer April 28, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Go ahead and report them. It gives Queen Jean a laugh or two when she reads the reports against the judges when they come in. For her enemies, she gets to twist the screws a little tighter. For her friends an subjects, she just laughs. Judicial and Attorney discipline is all at her discretion.

gunj April 29, 2014 at 10:35 am

So, let me get this right…Vincent should tell these people who claim they are innocent that they are guilty and should not have a chance to be defended. Wrong on so many levels. This little game will backfire on Haley. One and done.

The Voice April 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm

No honor among thieves.

Elfego April 29, 2014 at 4:28 pm


Retired attorney in Lexington April 30, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Vincent Sheheen is a good lawyer. When representing clients accused with a criminal offense, he has provided effective assistance of counsel. This is the duty of a lawyer under our system of justice. As a retired lawyer and as a lifelong Republican, these recent ads attacking the candidate for representing “criminals” is distressing.


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