In the Matter of K. Douglas Thornton, Petitioner.
After pleading guilty to one count of willful failure to make and file a state income tax return, petitioner was placed on interim suspension. In the Matter of Thornton, 339 S.C. 22, 528 S.E.2d 657 (2000). As a result of his conviction, petitioner was thereafter suspended from the practice of law for ninety (90) days, retroactive to the date of his interim suspension. In the Matter of Thornton, 340 S.C. 392, 532 S.E.2d 282 (2000).
In September 2000, petitioner was suspended from the practice of law for six months and one day for failure to pay court reporter fees. In the Matter of Thornton, 342 S.C. 440, 538 S.E.2d 4 (2000). This suspension was retroactive to the date of petitioner’s interim suspension in the tax matter. Id. This suspension provided petitioner would not be eligible for reinstatement until completing the terms of any probation and/or incarceration imposed in the tax matter. Id.
In 2002, the Court suspended petitioner from the practice of law for nine (9) months for misconduct which included accepting a loan from a client, failing to properly submit an invoice for attorneys’ fees with the Social Security Administration, and failing to properly obtain and execute a judgment. In the Matter of Thornton, 349 S.C. 55, 562 S.E.2d 316 (2002).
Petitioner filed this petition to be reinstated to the practice of law pursuant to Rule 33, Rule 413, SCACR. After a hearing, the Committee on Character & Fitness (CCF) filed its Report and Recommendation with the Court. The CCF recommends petitioner be reinstated to the practice of law upon certain conditions. No exceptions were filed.
We accept the CCF’s Report and Recommendation and reinstate petitioner to the practice of law subject to the following three conditions:
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Jean H. Toal C.J.
s/James E. Moore J.
s/John H. Waller, Jr. J.
s/E. C. Burnett, III J.
s/Costa M. Pleicones J.
Columbia, South Carolina
March 2, 2005
 Petitioner was sentenced to one year imprisonment and fined $10,000, suspended upon the payment of a $500 fine, plus assessments and a surcharge, payment of restitution, and completion of 350 hours of public service employment. The sentence included five years probation which terminated upon the completion of the payments and public service requirement.