An Aiken lawyer has been disbarred by South Carolina’s highest court two years after he was caught passing contraband to an inmate in Georgia.
The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled to disbar 59 year-old Sidney Jones of Graniteville. The ruling came three months the Georgia Supreme Court disbarred Jones and two years after he was arrested when Richmond County sheriff’s investigators said they saw him pass bags of tobacco and marijuana to an inmate.
Jones pled guilty to 11 misdemeanor offenses in December 2011 and was sentenced to 11 months probation, according to a June report in the Augusta Chronicle.
Wednesday’s ruling did not go into the specific allegations against Jones, but the Chronicle reports he was caught by Richmond County deputies giving contraband to his client Jamie Trey Robinson. Robinson, who was in custody facing charges of armed robbery and hijacking at the time, also claimed Jones tried to get him to sign false affidavits.
The South Carolina Supreme Court issued an order suspending Jones’s license in September 2011, two days after his arrest.