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Law licenses reinstated for Upstate public defenders previously accused of misconduct

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Kristie McAuley Beck (left) and Robert Gamble. (Anderson Co. Detention Center) Kristie McAuley Beck (left) and Robert Gamble. (Anderson Co. Detention Center)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A former circuit defender and public defender from Anderson County were each charged with misconduct in office in September 2012 could be eligible to practice law after an order Wednesday from the state Supreme Court.

Public defender Kristie McAuley Beck and circuit defender Robert Gamble were arrested after an investigation by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

According to arrest warrants, Beck engaged in private practice of law while working for the Anderson County public defender's office and regularly took fees from clients worth $5,000 between January 2009 and February 2011.

Gamble is accused of neglecting his duties between January 2009 and February 2011 while serving as Circuit Defender. Warrants stated that he allowed the misuse of county and state funds for personal gain and improperly supervised and approved fraudulent expense reimbursements.

The warrants said that both Gamble and Beck gave recorded statements corroborating SLED's investigation.

The S.C. Supreme Court ordered Wednesday that McAuley and Gamble can have their law licenses reinstated if they meet obligations. 

McAuley, according to the order, must pay all outstanding license fees and penalties to the South Carolina Bar and be in full compliance with all continuing legal education requirements before commencing the practice of law. She must also complete the Legal Ethics and Practice Program Ethics School within a year. 

A committee has recommended that the court also reinstate Gamble to the practice of law. Like McAuley, he must also pay outstanding license fees and penalties to the South Carolina Bar and is in full compliance with continuing legal education requirements, including completing the Legal Ethics and Practice Program Ethics School, Trust Account School, and Advertising School within 12 months. 

Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said that Gamble completed a diversion program and McAuley pleaded guilty.  

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