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24591 - In the Matter of Cantrell

Davis Adv. Sh. No. 8

In The Supreme Court

In the Matter of John R.
Cantrell, Jr.,                     Respondent.

Opinion No. 24591
Submitted February 25, 1997 - Filed March 10, 1997


John R. Cantrell, of North Charleston, pro se.

Attorney General Charles Molony Condon and Assistant Deputy Attorney General J. Emory Smith, Jr., both of Columbia, for complainant.

PER CURIAM: In this attorney disciplinary matter, respondent conditionally admits to engaging in misconduct and agrees to be suspended from the practice of law for ninety days, retroactive to the date of his temporary suspension. We accept the conditional admission.

Respondent pled guilty to one count of failure to make and file a South Carolina Income Tax return for the tax year 1991 in violation of S.C. Code Ann. § 12-54-40(b)(6)(c) (Supp. 1995). Respondent was sentenced to imprisonment for one year and fined $10,000, provided that the sentence would be suspended upon the payment of $1,000, costs, and assessments. and probation for one year. The sentencing order further provided that the probation would be terminated upon payment of the fine, costs, and assessments.

The failure to file a tax return is a serious crime as set forth in Paragraph 2 (P) of the Rule on Disciplinary Procedure, Rule 413, SCACR. By his conduct, respondent has violated Rule 8.4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 407, SCACR, by committing a criminal act that reflects adversely upon his honesty, trustworthiness and fitness as a lawyer and has violated Paragraph 5(E), of the Rule on Disciplinary Procedure, Rule 413, SCACR, by engaging in conduct tending to bring the courts or legal profession into disrepute.

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In our opinion, respondent's misconduct warrants a definite suspension from the practice of law for ninety days. Accordingly, respondent is suspended for ninety days, retroactive to December 18, 1996, the date of his temporary suspension. Within fifteen days of the date of this opinion, respondent shall file an affidavit with the Clerk of Court showing that he has complied with Paragraph 30 of former Rule 413, SCACR.


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