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Aiken County lawyer disbarred in Georgia for misdemeanors

Attorney sneaked tobacco into jail

Monday, June 10, 2013 5:09 PM
Last updated Tuesday, June 18, 2013 7:50 PM
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A local lawyer who pleaded guilty to 11 misdemeanors related to smuggling contraband into the Richmond County jail has been disbarred from practicing law in Georgia.

In a ruling filed June 3, the Georgia Supreme Court disbarred Sidney “Chuck” Jones, 59, of Graniteville, after he admitted to smuggling tobacco to a Richmond County inmate on numerous occasions, which the ruling said amounted to crimes of “moral turpitude” and a breach of the public trust in his office as an attorney.

The court found that even though Jones had no previous disciplinary record or criminal history, the circumstances were insufficient “to mitigate the repeated deceit, dishonesty, breaches of trust, and disregard for safety and security of the jail that are reflect in his crimes.”

Jones was arrested Sept. 28, 2011, after Richmond County sheriff’s investigators saw him passing bags of tobacco and marijuana to an inmate, according to court documents.

He originally had been indicted on three felonies – influencing a witness, crossing guard lines with drugs and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute – but pleaded guilty in December 2011 to 11 misdemeanors and was sentenced to 11 years of probation by Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet. The terms of his probation required Jones to refrain from practicing law in Georgia during that time.

Two days after his arrest, the South Carolina Supreme Court issued an order suspending his license to practice law until a disciplinary hearing is held. The South Carolina Office of Disciplinary Counsel did not return a call seeking a comment on the Georgia ruling.

According to court documents, Jones was caught by Richmond County deputies giving contraband to his client Jamie Trey Robinson, who was in custody facing charges of armed robbery and hijacking.

Robinson told investigators that Jones offered to represent him free after he had informed on Jones’ son, Tyler Jones, naming him as the man behind armed robberies at area restaurants. At the time, Tyler Jones was awaiting trial in Aiken County. He has since been convicted and is serving a 22-year sentence.

Robinson also told investigators that Sidney Jones had him sign three false affidavits intended to help his son beat charges in Aiken County. The affidavits were never introduced in court, officials said.

Robinson is serving a 35-year sentence after pleading guilty to felonies in December.

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/10/13 - 05:27 pm
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lowyers,
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just can't beat 'em.

ragingbull
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ragingbull 06/10/13 - 11:47 pm
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This story is kind of

This story is kind of confusing, because why would Jones offer to represent Robinson for free if Robinson snitched on Jones son? And why would he(Jones) put himself at risk by carrying contraband into a jail facility when he knew he would be caught? I smell a few more fish than we are being told about.

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Fiat_Lux 06/12/13 - 02:58 pm
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Got that right, RB

And 59 is a hard age to be starting over with a new career.

willie Lee
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willie Lee 10/28/13 - 10:46 pm
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This article didn’t mention that three different police deputies were recently allowed to plead to first offender charges for selling tobacco to the inmates and in about 18 months their records will be clear. It also doesn’t mention that Jones does more volunteer work in the area than any other attorney in town. It doesn’t tell how he has served on the Aiken County DSS Board to protect abused children in the county and volunteers his time for several civic organizations free. It does not tell how Jones is active in his church and helps disadvantaged children all over his neighborhood just because he wants to make a difference. And it doesn’t tell how the Aiken County Solicitors office and the Aiken County sheriff’s office help set him up with the tobacco charges. This is because he is a thorn in their side helping the disadvantaged. It also doesn’t tell how two weeks after Jones was disbarred a pedophile in Georgia was reinstated to practice law. A disservice to the community was done here and a good man has been persecuted because he wanted to help. To the Supreme court, Shame on you!

willie Lee
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willie Lee 11/04/13 - 09:38 pm
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I recently found out where the Supreme Court took 10 months to decide this case. this was to allow outside influences the opportunity to do their bidding with the Ga. Supremes (which means graft). I t also did not mention that the special master appointed by the Supremes, after hearing all the evidence, only recommended a 6 month suspension retroactive to the plea agreement, since he recognized that Jones was set up by the DA and the cops. It has also been shown that the Supremes did not even read the special master's report but drifted off into left field to satisfy the powers that be. It is a disgrace that such a good attorney is disbarred and the sleaze we have is left to ply their trade anyway they wish.

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