SC prosecutors: Beatty biased against solicitors

Justice Don Beatty

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Thirteen South Carolina prosecutors want one of the state's Supreme Court justices barred from considering their cases because of comments he made at a recent conference.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports ( ) the solicitors say Justice Don Beatty showed an anti-prosecutor bias when he said in September the high court would not turn a blind eye to unethical conduct like witness tampering or evidence suppression.

The solicitors want Attorney General Alan Wilson's help in getting Beatty removed from their cases.

Beatty did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Tuesday.

State Sen. Larry Martin chairs the Judiciary Committee. The Pickens Republican says he asked three prosecutors to send him accounts of what was said at the conference and he sent the information to Chief Justice Jean Toal.