NERDY LAWYER BLOG ALERT: Alex Murdaugh suspended by the South Carolina State Bar

by | Sep 8, 2021 | News

Over the weekend Richard Alexander Murdaugh, also known as Alex (somehow pronounced Elec), was shot in the head while pulled over on the side of the road to change a tire. He had been on his way to Charleston, South Carolina.

Murdaugh pulled over somewhere in Hampton County, and he was shot by motorist who had passed him. The motorist then turned around, came back and shot him. Murdaugh survived the gunshot, which had apparently fractured his skull, and he was airlifted to the hospital and was eventually discharged.

Murdaugh’s wife and son were murdered in South Carolina over the summer, and their bodies were found in two separate locations. Murdaugh’s son had apparently been out on bail after drunkenly crashing a boat in 2019, killing a 19 year old passenger. The motive for Murdaugh murders is unclear.

Murdaugh, 53, graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1994. Murdaugh, practiced law in Hampton, South Carolina, where he was an attorney with name-recognition statewide. However, Murdaugh was recently ousted (he says he resigned) from his law firm, Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick, PA for having allegedly stealing attorneys fees from his firm.

At this point Murdaugh has not been accused of stealing client entrusted funds. Notably, Murdaugh had some deep ties and history with Hampton County prosecutor’s office.

Murdaugh is reportedly fighting chemical dependency issues that recently impacted his ability to practice law. Murdaugh was suspended by the S.C. State Bar, and as today, Murdaugh is considered a member “not [in] good standing”. The order is vague, but it invokes Rule 413.

According to the rule for lawyer disciplinary enforcement, “The regulation of the conduct of lawyers is critical to preserving the integrity of the legal profession and enhancing public confidence in the judicial system. These rules provide the procedure for resolving allegations that a lawyer has committed ethical misconduct or that a lawyer suffers from a physical or mental condition which adversely affects the lawyer’s ability to practice law.”

As of today, Murdaugh’s firm website reads “temporarily unavailable”. It would not surprise the author of this blog if they were scrubbing the site of Murdaugh’s name to distance themselves from this sad and dramatic unfolding story. Murdaugh has apparently begun to seek substance abuse treatment and has asked for privacy.

The author has also been following Fits News’s podcast, and their reporting on this matter.

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