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Jean Toal Shocker!

Months after telling her colleagues she planned on stepping down as chief justice of the S.C. Supreme Court, former liberal activist Jean Toal shocked her fellow justices this week by informing them of her intention to seek another term. Or part of another term, anyway … According to state pension law,…

Months after telling her colleagues she planned on stepping down as chief justice of the S.C. Supreme Court, former liberal activist Jean Toal shocked her fellow justices this week by informing them of her intention to seek another term.

Or part of another term, anyway …

According to state pension law, the 69-year-old Toal is prohibited from serving an additional ten-year term – unless of course she’s able to work out an alleged quid pro quo with members of the S.C. General Assembly to extend her reign past 2015. That seems highly unlikely at this point … in fact several of our sources say Toal may even face problems making it that far.

“People are pissed,” one judicial branch insider told us. “She made it clear she was stepping down and (people) made plans based on that. I think she will find the screening process not to her liking if she follows through on this decision.”

Wow …

Once among the most powerful political figures in the state, Toal has seen her influence wane in recent years. In fact earlier this year she was dealt a humiliating defeat by lawmakers – who narrowly rejected her hand-picked selection for an at-large family court seat.

Don’t get us wrong, she’s still got tremendous pull … but she’s nowhere near as dominating a political force as she once was.

A longtime liberal (like most recent “Republican” S.C. Supreme Court appointees), Toal has repeatedly demonstrated her susceptibility to corruption – as evidenced by the infamous 2007 bar exam scandal (broken exclusively by FITS) as well as the ongoing shadiness demonstrated by her attorney discipline office.

She’s also been involved in several traffic incidents allegedly involving alcohol …

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88 comments

Thomas June 6, 2013 at 12:13 am

She has moxy…I like that. Good for her.

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Finius Nullis June 6, 2013 at 8:03 am

Moxy — is that a person’s genetic deformation that prevents other people from knowing “is it a male or female?”

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Thomas June 6, 2013 at 8:39 am

It means she is kicking Glenn McConnell’s posterior hard and with authority.

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Invisible Hired Help June 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

McConnell is in on this plan. Toal has kicked Pleicones out who would have been chief justice until February 2015 when he turns 72. Toal will be 72 in August, 2014 permitting McConnell to get elected in February 2014 and giving time for the GOP to elect another candidate for Lt. Gov. If Toal and McConnell had allowed Pleicones in, McConnell would have to have gone through the 2014 Lt. Gov. election.

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Thomas June 6, 2013 at 9:31 am

Well, shit.

Invisible Hired Help June 6, 2013 at 10:30 am

I still believe McConnell and Toal are on the same team. I understand your analysis and it may be true. The sure thing is that Pleicones is out with this Toal move. Beatty and Kittredge have too much back room baggage. Hearn is the only one on the present SC that could be in line to take Toal’s position. I believe Toal and McConnell have more to gain from helping each other than Toal and Hearn.

Finius Nullis June 6, 2013 at 9:10 am

Perhaps he enjoys it — and does he say “thank you”?

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Thomas June 6, 2013 at 12:13 am

She has moxy…I like that. Good for her.

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Finius Nullis June 6, 2013 at 8:03 am

Moxy — is that a person’s genetic deformation that prevents other people from knowing “is it a male or female?”

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Thomas June 6, 2013 at 8:39 am

It means she is kicking Glenn McConnell’s posterior hard and with authority.

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Invisible Hired Help June 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

McConnell is in on this plan. Toal has kicked Pleicones out who would have been chief justice until February 2015 when he turns 72. Toal will be 72 in August, 2014 permitting McConnell to get elected in February 2014 and giving time for the GOP to elect another candidate for Lt. Gov. If Toal and McConnell had allowed Pleicones in, McConnell would have to have gone through the 2014 Lt. Gov. election.

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Thomas June 6, 2013 at 9:31 am

Toal will be 72 on August 11, 2015. Her stepping down now would have given Glenn a good shot at being her replacement avoiding his statewide election in 2014 to keep his job as Lt Gov. Toal was born on August 11, 1943. She will be 70 in a few months. By her staying to August 2015, she kicks Glenn in the posterior. He can not win a statewide election if Sheheen gets a Toal ruling supporting Rainey regarding his ability to file a lawsuit against Gov Haley as a private citizen.

Invisible Hired Help June 6, 2013 at 10:30 am

I still believe McConnell and Toal are on the same team. I understand your analysis and it may be true. The sure thing is that Pleicones is out with this Toal move. Beatty and Kittredge have too much back room baggage. Hearn is the only one on the present SC that could be in line to take Toal’s position. I believe Toal and McConnell have more to gain from helping each other than Toal and Hearn.

Finius Nullis June 6, 2013 at 9:10 am

Perhaps he enjoys it — and does he say “thank you”?

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dm10ae June 6, 2013 at 3:19 am

She has 2DUIs too but yet to be prosecuted.

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Invisible Hired Help June 6, 2013 at 7:28 am

Street talk those have already been “resolved.” There is no papertrail so they never existed. That woman lawyer’s Lexus SUV Toal hit on Devine Street? It was gone in 12 hours. This issue is over.

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Marie Harrison June 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

Not to mention how many times she wasn’t stopped.

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dm10ae June 6, 2013 at 3:19 am

She has 2DUIs too but yet to be prosecuted.

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Invisible Hired Help June 6, 2013 at 7:28 am

Street talk those have already been “resolved.” There is no papertrail so they never existed. That woman lawyer’s Lexus SUV Toal hit on Devine Street? It was gone in 12 hours. This issue is over.

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Marie Harrison June 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

Not to mention how many times she wasn’t stopped.

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Duke June 6, 2013 at 6:38 am

I thought the shocker would be, SHE HAS PASSED HERSELF OFF FOR YEARS AS A WOMAN; BUT, REALLY A MAN!

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f June 6, 2013 at 9:08 am

This tells me that she hasn’t given it up to her husband yet – is he clueless?

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Smirks June 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

That’s not shocking.

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Duke June 6, 2013 at 6:38 am

I thought the shocker would be, SHE HAS PASSED HERSELF OFF FOR YEARS AS A WOMAN; BUT, REALLY A MAN!

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f June 6, 2013 at 9:08 am

This tells me that she hasn’t given it up to her husband yet – is he clueless?

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Smirks June 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

That’s not shocking.

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Sarge June 6, 2013 at 7:20 am

She is corrupt as the day is long. She had Cam Lewis sitting beside her last time people came forward and testified just how corrupt she is. Cam has had health problems and is not working now. My money is she will have Dick Harpootlian and IS Leevy Johnson on either side this time. It’s going to be a great show. She “owns” at least 32 lawyer legislators that we can count right now.

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Mad June 6, 2013 at 7:59 am

Jean “troll” must take her corrupt ass off the bench. But if she will not follow the law as required for mandatory retirement, then that just gives law enforcement some more time to lock her corrupt, drunk driving, hit & run, ass up. Can not wait to see her booking photo.

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Sarge June 6, 2013 at 7:20 am

She is corrupt as the day is long. She had Cam Lewis sitting beside her last time people came forward and testified just how corrupt she is. Cam has had health problems and is not working now. My money is she will have Dick Harpootlian and IS Leevy Johnson on either side this time. It’s going to be a great show. She “owns” at least 32 lawyer legislators that we can count right now.

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Mad June 6, 2013 at 7:59 am

Jean “troll” must take her corrupt ass off the bench. But if she will not follow the law as required for mandatory retirement, then that just gives law enforcement some more time to lock her corrupt, drunk driving, hit & run, ass up. Can not wait to see her booking photo.

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Doris June 6, 2013 at 7:25 am

This will knock out Costa Pleicones getting a year in a chief justice before his retirement. He is such a gentleman and the most honest one over there. He would have brought a little bit of dignity and respect back to that sesspool of corruption Toal has created.

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Doris June 6, 2013 at 7:25 am

This will knock out Costa Pleicones getting a year in a chief justice before his retirement. He is such a gentleman and the most honest one over there. He would have brought a little bit of dignity and respect back to that sesspool of corruption Toal has created.

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Carpe Jugulum June 6, 2013 at 7:43 am

What’s the problem here? The state Bar has gotten exactly what it deserves. Can you think of anyone more appropriate for the “have a wreck, get a check” crowd? This is one more reason why the only people who can stand to be in the presence of lawyers are other lawyers.

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Jan June 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

I really like my lawyer. He has prevented me from making a lot of mistakes. People who hate lawyers the way you do fall into one of 4 types. Which one are you?
1. Criminals, whose lawyer could not get them off.
2. People who went through a nasty divorce and did not get what they think they deserved.
3. People who tried to screw someone and a lawyer prevented them from doing it.
4. People who injured someone and a lawyer made them pay for it.

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Suck-up Jan June 6, 2013 at 10:06 am

5) people who were married to one and who got fucked over for no reason. More common than you might think.

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Jan June 6, 2013 at 10:32 am

So you are type 2. Maybe next time you need a better lawyer.

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Steve June 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm

(6) the general public

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not so fast June 6, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Or perhaps they find some to be lowlifes. Like Casey Anthony’s lawyer, or even closer to home Brett Parker’s lawyers and all their tricks they try, showing them nothing more than to be the stuff of cow dung. Just because someone hates a lawyer doesn’t mean they got the wrong end of one. That Jan, is the kind of backwards thinking of a lawyer.

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Thomas June 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm

If you don’t like the criminal justice system where every accused person gets a lawyer who is obligated to do his best to prevent them from being convicted, change the system. But i’ll bet you will regret the change if you are ever falsely accused of a crime.

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southmauldin June 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

I sorta agree and disagree, Carpe. I’m a lawyer and I hate 99% of lawyers.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Well like they say, “It’s 99% of lawyers that give the other 1% a bad name.”

Maybe you’re a one-percenter!

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Carpe Jugulum June 6, 2013 at 7:43 am

What’s the problem here? The state Bar has gotten exactly what it deserves. Can you think of anyone more appropriate for the “have a wreck, get a check” crowd? This is one more reason why the only people who can stand to be in the presence of lawyers are other lawyers.

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Jan June 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

I really like my lawyer. He has prevented me from making a lot of mistakes. People who hate lawyers the way you do fall into one of 4 types. Which one are you?
1. Criminals, whose lawyer could not get them off.
2. People who went through a nasty divorce and did not get what they think they deserved.
3. People who tried to screw someone and a lawyer prevented them from doing it.
4. People who injured someone and a lawyer made them pay for it.

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Suck-up Jan June 6, 2013 at 10:06 am

5) people who were married to one and who got fucked over for no reason. More common than you might think.

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Jan June 6, 2013 at 10:32 am

So you are type 2. Maybe next time you need a better lawyer.

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Steve June 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm

(6) the general public

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not so fast June 6, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Or perhaps they find some to be lowlifes. Like Casey Anthony’s lawyer, or even closer to home Brett Parker’s lawyers and all their tricks they try, showing them nothing more than to be the stuff of cow dung. Just because someone hates a lawyer doesn’t mean they got the wrong end of one. That Jan, is the kind of backwards thinking of a lawyer.

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Thomas June 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm

If you don’t like the criminal justice system where every accused person gets a lawyer who is obligated to do his best to prevent them from being convicted, change the system. But i’ll bet you will regret the change if you are ever falsely accused of a crime.

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southmauldin June 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

I sorta agree and disagree, Carpe. I’m a lawyer and I hate 99% of lawyers.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Well like they say, “It’s 99% of lawyers that give the other 1% a bad name.”

Maybe you’re a one-percenter!

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Kaye June 6, 2013 at 7:44 am

WHAT?!?!?!?!

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Thomas June 6, 2013 at 8:37 am

This puts “kick me” squarely on the back of Lt Gov Glenn McConnell. Is he going to run statewide for LT Gov. in 2014? He will lose. He will be jobless in 18 months with no chance on becoming Chief Justice of the SCSC as was rumored to be when the incumbent retired. LOL

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Marie Harrison June 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

Is this a man who still lives with his mommy?

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Kaye June 6, 2013 at 7:44 am

WHAT?!?!?!?!

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Thomas June 6, 2013 at 8:37 am

This puts “kick me” squarely on the back of Lt Gov Glenn McConnell. Is he going to run statewide for LT Gov. in 2014? He will lose. He will be jobless in 18 months with no chance on becoming Chief Justice of the SCSC as was rumored to be when the incumbent retired. LOL

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Marie Harrison June 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

Is this a man who still lives with his mommy?

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jimlewisowb June 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

Queen Toad is one Bear Bitch who has for years with impunity wiped her ass with other judges, taxpayers, lawyers, legislators, law enforcement, staff and anyone else to her disliking

Would be entertaining to see her go down in flames as she is transformed from ass wiper to ass wipee

Run Bear Bitch, Run

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Marie Harrison June 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

Again, comic gold, yet so true.

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jimlewisowb June 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

Queen Toad is one Bear Bitch who has for years with impunity wiped her ass with other judges, taxpayers, lawyers, legislators, law enforcement, staff and anyone else to her disliking

Would be entertaining to see her go down in flames as she is transformed from ass wiper to ass wipee

Run Bear Bitch, Run

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Marie Harrison June 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

Again, comic gold, yet so true.

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Finius Nullis June 6, 2013 at 9:38 am

When I saw the headline about the unfortunate woman who was arrested after freaking out in Five Points, my first thought was that it was Toal.

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Finius Nullis June 6, 2013 at 9:38 am

When I saw the headline about the unfortunate woman who was arrested after freaking out in Five Points, my first thought was that it was Toal.

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MB June 6, 2013 at 10:57 am

Pleicones is a little younger than Toal. He could serve a few months before he turned 72, which has happened before as a courtesy to a senior justice. How can Toal serve until December 2015 like La Socialista says if she turns 72 in August of 2015?!?
Glenn McConnell vs. Beatty for Chief Justice: more or less interesting that McConnell vs. Sellers for Lite Gov?

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Sarge June 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

The State is wrong,surprise, surprise. Beatty is too dumb and has too many skeletons in his closet to withstand an honest review. But this is the SC Legislature and an honest review probably won’t happen.

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Ginger June 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Sarge: Beatty is a Toal puppet to the core. This may be her goal in cutting Pleicones out. She could then rule from her beach house with Beatty on the throne. Pleicones has been bucking her for the couple of years.

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Now actually June 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm

No, the State is right. It is mandatory retirement in the calendar year you turn 72, not on your 72nd B-day.

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MB June 6, 2013 at 10:57 am

Pleicones is a little younger than Toal. He could serve a few months before he turned 72, which has happened before as a courtesy to a senior justice. How can Toal serve until December 2015 like La Socialista says if she turns 72 in August of 2015?!?
Glenn McConnell vs. Beatty for Chief Justice: more or less interesting that McConnell vs. Sellers for Lite Gov?

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Sarge June 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

The State is wrong,surprise, surprise. Beatty is too dumb and has too many skeletons in his closet to withstand an honest review. But this is the SC Legislature and an honest review probably won’t happen.

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Ginger June 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Sarge: Beatty is a Toal puppet to the core. This may be her goal in cutting Pleicones out. She could then rule from her beach house with Beatty on the throne. Pleicones has been bucking her for the couple of years.

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Now actually June 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm

No, the State is right. It is mandatory retirement in the calendar year you turn 72, not on your 72nd B-day.

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9" June 6, 2013 at 11:21 am

Another story about cunnilingus? Enough,already!

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9" June 6, 2013 at 11:21 am

Another story about cunnilingus? Enough,already!

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James Addiction June 6, 2013 at 11:47 am

Justice Pleicones was born on Feb 29, so he’s only like 18. Should be good to go.

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James Addiction June 6, 2013 at 11:47 am

Justice Pleicones was born on Feb 29, so he’s only like 18. Should be good to go.

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Greg Mayer June 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm

read this recently…..99% of lawyers give the other 1% a bad name…..

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Greg Mayer June 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm

read this recently…..99% of lawyers give the other 1% a bad name…..

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Lillian McBride June 6, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Chief Justice Toal, I got your back. The 16 Richland County legislators will all vote for you. I talked with Darryl and he says you’ve got the votes. Thank you again for your help last fall. I will never forget it. Darryl and Joel won’t either.

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Doris June 7, 2013 at 7:37 am

Nina Nelson Smith, you need to take that boy of yours James out behind the woodshed and give him a good whipping. You come from generations of good, sound, smart lawyers with integrity. Not a bunch of politicians who would sell their soul to the devil to get another vote. James refused to stand up to Darryl Jackson in the Lillian McBride debacle. We in the neighborhood know that you claim to be Jean Toal’s long time friend, but we also know that you know how corrupt she is and how she has an insane thirst for absolute political power. James coming forth as a spokesman for Jean is pathetic and embarrassing for those of us who have known him since he was a boy. Please help us restore some sense of honor and integrity to our Shandon area. Thank you.

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Lillian McBride June 6, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Chief Justice Toal, I got your back. The 16 Richland County legislators will all vote for you. I talked with Darryl and he says you’ve got the votes. Thank you again for your help last fall. I will never forget it. Darryl and Joel won’t either.

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Doris June 7, 2013 at 7:37 am

Nina Nelson Smith, you need to take that boy of yours James out behind the woodshed and give him a good whipping. You come from generations of good, sound, smart lawyers with integrity. Not a bunch of politicians who would sell their soul to the devil to get another vote. James refused to stand up to Darryl Jackson in the Lillian McBride debacle. We in the neighborhood know that you claim to be Jean Toal’s long time friend, but we also know that you know how corrupt she is and how she has an insane thirst for absolute political power. James coming forth as a spokesman for Jean is pathetic and embarrassing for those of us who have known him since he was a boy. Please help us restore some sense of honor and integrity to our Shandon area. Thank you.

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One Two Three June 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm

God damn drunk lawless corrupt bitch.

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One Two Three June 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm

God damn drunk lawless corrupt bitch.

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MGTT June 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm

What the hell is she doing (or about to do) to that other woman? And what the hell is it with that glove?

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Finius Nullis June 7, 2013 at 5:03 pm

You may not want to know.

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MGTT June 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm

What the hell is she doing (or about to do) to that other woman? And what the hell is it with that glove?

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Finius Nullis June 7, 2013 at 5:03 pm

You may not want to know.

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Elfego June 7, 2013 at 9:52 pm

She knows what she is doing. She has the votes on this court to overturn the mandatory retirement law!

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Elfego June 7, 2013 at 9:52 pm

She knows what she is doing. She has the votes on this court to overturn the mandatory retirement law!

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