Published on September 20th, 2014 | by Solicitor Dan Johnson0
SOLICITOR’S SIDEBAR: SLED AND FIFTH CIRCUIT SOLICITOR’S OFFICE INVESTIGATION
Columbia, SC – Shortly after 4:00pm on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) turned over their findings regarding the September 4th shooting involving Trooper S.M. Groubert. Additionally, a supplemental report was received at 1:30pm on Thursday, September 18th. “My Office is now in the process of investigating this incident,” said Solicitor Dan Johnson. “To that end, we have requested several additional items from SLED which are presently outstanding.”
Over the last fifteen days, Solicitor Johnson has called several meetings involving SLED, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Rule 3.6 of the SC Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit an attorney involved in the investigation or litigation of a matter to make extrajudicial statements to prevent pre-trial publicity. “At this juncture, I believe Rule 3.6 prohibits me from releasing details regarding the shooting, to include all video” says Johnson.
“At the conclusion of the investigation, or if criminal charges are brought, the public will be made fully aware of all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the events that occurred on September 4th” informs Johnson. “Obviously, I believe that transparency and responsiveness to the public are very important. However, I also have a duty to protect the rights of all citizens and potential litigants.”
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