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Citadel News Service
26 Oct 2009

Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson to visit campus Oct. 29

Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson will visit The Citadel on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009.

Wilson will speak to Professor Bill Bloss’ criminal law class beginning at 2:30 p.m. in Grimsley Hall Auditorium. The class is open to all faculty and students.

Wilson is the first woman to hold the office of Solicitor for the Ninth Judicial Circuit for Charleston and Berkeley counties and a veteran federal and state criminal prosecutor. A brief question and answer session will follow her remarks.

A native of Hemingway, S.C., Wilson graduated from Clemson University in 1989 and from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1992. After a year clerking for the Honorable Don S. Rushing, Wilson spent 18 months working as a Fifth Circuit Assistant Solicitor. In 1995, Wilson joined the United States Attorney’s Office and its Violent Crimes Task Force. She was a joint winner of the 1997 Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance by an Assistant United States Attorney. Wilson prosecuted various types of federal cases including those involving drugs, murder, murder-for-hire and armed robbery.

In January 2001, Wilson left the United States Attorney’s Office to serve as chief deputy solicitor for the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office. As chief deputy solicitor, Wilson continued prosecuting violent and complex crimes. After the death of the former solicitor, Ralph E. Hoisington, Wilson was appointed as Solicitor for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. On August 3, 2007, the South Carolina State Senate confirmed her appointment. In November 2008, Wilson was elected by the citizens of Berkeley and Charleston Counties to hold the office of Ninth Circuit Solicitor for a term of four years.

The solicitor, a state constitutional officer, directs the operation of the office in a designated judicial circuit. The Solicitor ensures prosecutions are processed by organizing an orderly, efficient flow of cases, assigning cases to attorneys, advising attorneys on cases assigned, monitoring status of pending cases and supervising personnel. Charleston and Berkeley counties make up South Carolina's Ninth Judicial Circuit. The Solicitor is elected for a four-year term and has offices provided by each county.

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