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IN RE: Kenneth L. MITCHUM (1998)

Supreme Court of South Carolina.

IN RE: Kenneth L. MITCHUM, Respondent.

No. 24867.

Decided: December 14, 1998

William E. Jenkinson, III, of Kingstree, for respondent. Henry B. Richardson, Jr., of Columbia, for the Office of the Disciplinary Counsel.

In this attorney disciplinary matter, respondent and Disciplinary Counsel have entered into an agreement under Rule 21, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR.   In the agreement, respondent admits misconduct and consents to be suspended from the practice of law for ninety days, retroactive to the date of his interim suspension.   We accept the agreement.

Respondent pled guilty to two counts of failure to file a quarterly withholding tax return in violation of S.C.Code Ann. § 12-54-40(b)(6)(c) (Supp.1997).   The failure to file a tax return is a serious crime as set forth in Rule 2(z), RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR.   By his conduct, respondent has violated Rule 8.4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 407, SCACR, and Rule 7(a)(4), RLDE, by committing a serious crime that reflects adversely upon his honesty, trustworthiness and fitness as a lawyer and has violated Rule 7(a)(5) and (6), RLDE, by engaging in conduct tending to bring the courts or legal profession into disrepute and violating the oath of office he took upon admission to the practice of law in this State.

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 October 12, 1998, the date of his interim 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 Rule 30, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR.



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IN RE: Kenneth L. MITCHUM (1998)

Docket No: No. 24867.

Decided: December 14, 1998

Court: Supreme Court of South Carolina.

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