The S.C. Supreme Court has temporarily suspended the law license of a Union County attorney accused of dismissing criminal charges in exchange for sexual favors.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal signed the order on Aug. 28, which prohibits William "Billy" Whitney Jr. from practicing law for up to nine months. The suspension, however, may be extended, the order states.
Whitney, 65, of Union, was the prosecuting attorney for the city of Union when he dismissed charges against defendants in exchange for sexual favors, according to an arrest warrant. The incidents reportedly happened on July 8, 2011, and Sept. 7, 2012, in Whitney's capacity as a public official.
Whitney resigned on Aug. 19, citing "certain health issues." Whitney had served as the city attorney for 17 years.
The order directs Greenville attorney Gretchen Gleason to assume responsibility for Whitney's client files, trust, escrow, operating and any other law office accounts that Whitney might maintain.