March 5, 2020
Florence Morning News
A chance meeting with George Cauthen, a lawyer with Nelson Mullins, when Brian Braddock was working with City Judge Debra Jackson to establish the city’s homeless court program, helped change Braddock’s future.
Braddock struggled for years with a drug addiction that resulted in four felonies for bounced checks. He sought recovery in Illinois before returning to Florence, S.C., where he is now the executive director of the House of Hope of the Pee Dee, which also now houses the homeless court that Cauthen helped establish.
Braddock told Cauthen that he wished such a program like a homeless court or a drug court program existed when he was “in his heyday.” He then explained to Cauthen that he had four felonies on his record.
Cauthen told Braddock that the drug court program in the state did not handle felonies, but added that he would check with his law firm about representing Braddock pro bono.
“And that’s what they did,” Braddock said. “The law firm of Nelson Mullins and George Cauthen and Bill Latham, they represented me for free through the pardon process.” His pardon was granted March 4.
These materials have been prepared for informational purposes only and are not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Internet subscribers and online readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel.