In the Matter of Fulton Casey Dale Cornwell, Respondent. Appellate Case No. 2018-001660
Submitted February 6, 2019
Withdrawn, Substituted, and Refiled April 24, 2019
S. Nichols, Disciplinary Counsel, and Ericka McCants
Williams, Senior Assistant Disciplinary Counsel, both of
Columbia, for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Casey Dale Cornwell, of Columbia, pro se.
W. Beatty C.J., John W. Kittredge J., Kaye G. Hearn J., John
Cannon Few J., George C. James, Jr. J.
opinion dated February 27, 2019, respondent was disbarred
from the practice of law, retroactive to the date of his
interim suspension. In re Cornwell, Op. No. 27864
(S.C. Sup. Ct. filed Feb. 27, 2019) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No.
9). The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) has filed a
petition for rehearing. Respondent did not file a response.
After careful consideration of ODC's petition for
rehearing, we grant the petition for rehearing, dispense with
further briefing, and substitute the attached opinion for the
opinion previously filed in this matter.
attorney disciplinary matter, respondent and the Office of
Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) have entered into an Agreement for
Discipline by Consent (Agreement) pursuant to Rule 21, RLDE,
Rule 413, SCACR. In the Agreement, respondent admits
misconduct and consents to a three-year suspension or
disbarment. We accept the Agreement and disbar respondent
from the practice of law in this state, retroactive to the
date of his interim suspension. The facts, as set forth in the
Agreement, are as follows.
being appointed to represent a client in a post-conviction
relief (PCR) matter, respondent failed to keep his client
reasonably informed of the status of the matter and failed to
respond to reasonable requests for information.
II, IV, VI, & VIII
was appointed or retained to represent various clients in PCR
matters. During respondent's representation of the
clients in Matters II, IV, and VI, respondent failed to keep
the clients reasonably informed as to the status of their
cases. In Matters VI and VIII, respondent failed to respond
to the clients' reasonable requests for information.
in Matters II, IV, and VIII, respondent failed to respond to
the initial notices of investigation (NOI) and to the
Treacy letters from ODC seeking responses to the
complaints. In Matter VI, respondent initially failed
to respond to the NOI ...