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5 U. Cent. Fla. Dep't Legal Stud. L.J. 63 (2022)
A Fall from Grace: The Rising Rate of Attorneys with Substance Abuse Disorders, Chemical Dependencies, and Addictions

handle is hein.journals/ucflaegs5 and id is 64 raw text is: A FALL FROM GRACE: THE RISING RATE OF
Amy M. Yost
Transcending the decades, the Murdaugh family dynasty was known
for wealth, power, law and order. Their notoriety began over a
century ago when Randolph Murdaugh, Sr. ascended to the position
of the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor in 1920. In the South Carolina
Lowcountry, the Circuit Solicitor is the chief prosecutor across five
separate counties,' similar to the district attorney in other
jurisdictions. Randolph Murdaugh, Jr. took the throne in 1940 and
served until his retirement in 1986. The following year, the crown was
passed down to Randolph Murdaugh, Ill, which he wore proudly until
2005 when he entered private practice.2
Son of Randolph Murdaugh, Ill, attorney Richard Alex Murdaugh
quickly dismantled that legacy a few years later. He recently came
under fire with multiple charges and is the subject of several lawsuits.
The charges relate to unsolved homicides, missing client funds, and a
scheme to defraud an insurance company with his own murder-for-
hire/suicide attempt.3 More than seventy pending criminal charges
and civil suits are at the core of these malfeasants, including fraud,
1 Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office, https://scsolicitorl4.org (last visited January
26, 2022).
2 History of the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's office, Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's
Office, https://scsolicitorl4.org/solicitor-duffie-stone/history/ (last visited Apr 14,
3 Katie Shepherd and Jessica Lipscomb, Alex Murdaugh Surrenders in Alleged
Suicide-for-Hire Plot as Police Launch New Probe into Housekeeper's Death. The
Washington Post (September 16, 2021 at 7:36 AM)
shooting/ (last visited December 29, 2021).

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