Former Camden city attorney pleads to lesser charge

cleblanc@thestate.comNovember 13, 2012 

— Camden’s former city attorney, accused of misconduct in office, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to time served, the city manager announced Tuesday.

Charles Cushman pleaded to contempt of court by an attorney Nov. 8, Kevin Bronson said in a statement Tuesday. Cushman served three hours in jail, Camden spokeswoman Ashley Hunter said.

Cushman, 59, who prosecuted cases for the town for 25 years, also must pay $130 in court costs, Hunter said.

The SC Supreme Court's Office of Disciplinary Counsel still is investigating whether Cushman should be reprimanded or even lose his law license, Bronson said. He remains on unpaid leave, Hunter said.

SLED charged Cushman Sept. 20, alleging that for seven years – from 2005 through 2011 – he traded prosecuting some cases for donations to the town police department's drug fund. SLED did not accuse Cushman of personally profiting from the scheme.

Clif LeBlanc

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