South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has denied a request to launch an investigation of the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office.
The S.C. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers called for an investigation into allegations that prosecutors were not sharing evidence with defense lawyers, tampering with witnesses and other unacceptable practices.
Bobby Frederick of Myrtle Beach, president of the lawyers association, laid out nine examples of alleged misconduct in an eight-page letter that he sent Feb. 21 to Wilson.
Wilson responded in a brief letter dated Feb. 28.
"In some of the cited examples in your letter, these issues were raised in judicial proceedings and resolved by various Courts without any finding of prosecutorial misconduct," Wilson wrote. "Only the Office of Disciplinary Council within the South Carolina Judicial Department has jurisdiction over any remaining allegations. The Attorney General's Office is not equipped with the resources to conduct these types of investigations."
Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said she strongly disputed the version of events laid out in Frederick's letter. She also noted that she didn't directly handle any of the cases he cited.
Ninth Circuit Public Defender Ashley Pennington said he opposed the association's move to send the letter.
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