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26098 - In the Matter of Douglas E. Brafford
THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Supreme Court


In the Matter of Douglas E. Brafford, Respondent.



Opinion No. 26098
Submitted December 5, 2005 - Filed January 17, 2006


DISBARRED


Henry B. Richardson, Jr., Disciplinary Counsel, of Columbia, for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

Douglas E. Brafford, pro se, of Charlotte, North Carolina. 


PER CURIAM:   In 1997, respondent was convicted of one count of conspiracy to operate an illegal gambling organization in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371 and one count of money laundering in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1)(B)(1).  By order dated January 16, 1998, he was disbarred from the North Carolina Bar. 

Pursuant to Rule 29, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) and respondent were asked to inform the Court as to any reason why the Court should not impose the same discipline as imposed in North Carolina.  See Rule 29(d), RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR.[1]  Both ODC and respondent stated they knew of no grounds upon which to oppose the imposition of identical discipline.         

CONCLUSION

We hereby disbar respondent from the practice of law in this state.  Within fifteen days of the date of this opinion, respondent shall surrender his certificate of admission to practice law to the Clerk of Court and shall file an affidavit with the Clerk of Court showing that he has complied with Rule 30, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR.

DISBARRED.

TOAL, C.J., MOORE, BURNETT and PLEICONES, JJ., concur.  WALLER, J., not participating.


[1] As a result of information submitted by respondent, the Court initially issued an order transferring respondent to incapacity inactive status and the matter to the Commission on Lawyer Conduct (Commission) to determine respondent’s ability to assist in his own defense.  See Rule 28(d), RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR.  The Court has now determined that respondent is capable of assisting in his own defense, and, consequently, transfers respondent to active status and hereby proceeds with the imposition of reciprocal discipline.