There has been a great deal of public discussion over the last month in South Carolina about criminal defense lawyers. The discussion has taken the form of opinion pieces in media regarding DUI laws and political attack ads on our televisions. It has run the gamut from sensationalized negative portrayals of criminal defense attorneys, to steadfast support of the profession as a fundamental part of our democracy.
Every year, South Carolina public defenders along with Criminal Defense attorneys and prosecutors have separate conferences during the same week. South Carolina Supreme Court Justices are invited to speak during the education programs.
Recently, the Solicitor's Association invited Justice Donald Beatty to their conference. Summaries of his remarks indicate he focused on prosecutors' unique ethical duties, not just as advocates, but their higher duty under American jurisprudence "to seek justice".