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Deputy solicitor 'wanted to do good'

May 16, 2011 12:11:00 AM - thestate.com
Whether it was a victory, such as winning a sexual-assault conviction, or a defeat, such as losing a case against a man accused of shooting to death a young sailor, Angela McCall-Tanner took her work home with her.

"You may wrap a case, but the victims you see - their faces go home with you at night. You really want to do good for law enforcement and the victims," she said in a recent interview.

McCall-Tanner's concern for violent crime victims could be emotionally draining, she and her husband, Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner, say.

After deliberating for about a year, McCall-Tanner in April left her job as deputy solicitor to join the general practice firm of Vaux & Marscher in Bluffton. She'd been a prosecutor with the 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office for almost 12 years.

"I don't think you can do that job well if you don't invest yourself, but it's hard to leave everything at work," she said. "Maybe that's part of the reason I burn out - it's such a part of me."

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