Duffie Stone became the 14th Circuit Solicitor in 2006, after nearly two decades split between private practice and his work as a prosecutor in South Carolina’s 14th and 5th judicial circuits. When he was appointed by Gov. Mark Sanford to fill the unexpired term of Randolph Murdaugh III, he became the first person other than a Murdaugh to hold that position since the elected office was created in 1920. Subsequently, he has been reelected three times, most recently in 2016.
Stone’s time as Solicitor has been marked by several innovations. Among them is creation of a Career Criminal Unit that targets the circuit’s most violent and habitual offenders. Stone also adopted intelligence-led prosecution, which uses technology and information-sharing to better understand and more effectively combat criminal elements that operate within the 14th Circuit’s various communities.
In 2015, he was appointed to Gov. Nikki Haley’s Domestic Violence Task Force, and he currently serves as chair of the S.C. Domestic Violence Advisory Committee. Applying the lessons of those endeavors, his office launched a Special Victims Unit to prosecute rapists, domestic batterers and child abusers; and it opened the 14th Circuit Victims Center, a partnership of various nonprofit agencies that assist victims of those crimes.
In 2018, Stone was elected president of the National District Attorneys Association, becoming just the second South Carolinian to lead the group formed to advance the cause of local prosecutors at the national level.
A native of South Carolina, Stone is a graduate of Wofford College and the University of South Carolina School of Law.