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ACTUALLY, S.C. SUPREME COURT, BAR ASSOCIATION ARE THE ONES GIVING LEGAL PROFESSION A BAD NAME

FITSNews – November 21, 2007 – Five days after mildly questioning the S.C. Supreme Court’s controversial decision to throw out an entire section of the state bar exam – which resulted in five Circuit Court law clerks and two “connected daughters” passing the exam – the S.C. Bar Association folded faster than cheap suit yesterday in an effort to curry favor with the Justices. In a statement praising the “integrity” of the bar admissions process, the association said that the Court had “put to rest any speculation” concerning the controversy.

Really?

“I’m embarassed to be an attorney in South Carolina right now,” said one lawyer who e-mailed the Bar’s statement to FITSNews on the condition of anonymity. “First it was the Court’s decision, now it’s the Bar Association bending over and taking it. No attorney is ever going to go on the record and say this, but the entire episode is disgusting, disgraceful and discouraging for everyone associated with this profession. Everyone knows so, everyone thinks so, but (the Justices) hold so much power no one dares to say anything, to say nothing of trying to hold them accountable for it.”

True that. Chief Justice Jean Toal and her colleagues may have earned the “confidence” of the S.C. Bar Association, but their good standing with attorneys and the general public has been dealt a tremendous body blow by this scandal.