Ex-Camden city prosecutor reprimanded

January 30, 2013 

— The S.C. Supreme Court Wednesday reprimanded former Camden city prosecutor Charles Cushman for misconduct.

In disciplining Cushman, the court also lifted its temporary suspension of his law license.

A unanimous court issued the reprimand after Cushman admitted to court investigators that he failed to comply with a 2003 order by Chief Justice Jean Toal that banned anyone but a solicitor from approving the use of pretrial diversion programs.

Cushman also acknowledged he ignored a warning from Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson that Cushman stop dismissing court cases by accepting donations to the town’s drug fund, which is a diversion program. Cushman decided to continue because the practice had been done since before he became the city prosecutor in 1987, according to the high court’s order.

Cushman was penalized by the justices because he made no attempt to seek other legal advice, including from Johnson, or to ask Toal for guidance.

Cushman also had been charged criminally with misconduct in office.

-- Clif LeBlanc

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