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Grounds for disbarment: soliciting murder of another lawyer

Disbarment orders can be a sad litany of lawyer oversights and defalcations, but one item stands out on an edict approving termination of a South Carolina attorney’s license. The attorney, it seems, tried to have an opposing lawyer killed.

According to the S.C. Supreme Court order, Irby Walker sought to hire a hit man to kill the other lawyer, using a post-dated check because he didn’t have enough in his account to cover the murder price.

The solicitation appears as just one more item among the reasons Walker agreed to his disbarment, along with lack of diligence, delays in payments and other more common attorney lapses.

Walker pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to three years and ordered to seek mental counseling, according to The Sun News.

By Peter Vieth

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