SC Supreme Had “Major Meltdown”

S.C. Supreme Court justice Donald Beatty – one of several liberals appointed to the high court by so-called “Republicans” in the S.C. General Assembly – had what sources are describing as a “major meltdown” at a recent solicitor’s conference. That’s not all … When Beatty was confronted about his erratic…

S.C. Supreme Court justice Donald Beatty – one of several liberals appointed to the high court by so-called “Republicans” in the S.C. General Assembly – had what sources are describing as a “major meltdown” at a recent solicitor’s conference.

That’s not all …

When Beatty was confronted about his erratic behavior at the conference by S.C. chief justice Jean Toal, he reportedly flipped out again.

“A lot of folks are wondering if Beatty is having personal or health issues,” one insider told FITS.

Beatty’s theatrics have drawn the attention of GOP lawmakers, who are openly discussing possible reprimands. We’re also told Beatty has “probably lost his shot at becoming chief justice” as a result of his outbursts.

Members of the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus are aggressively defending Beatty, and accusing GOP lawmakers of exaggerating the incidents as part of an effort to deny him his shot at the top spot on the court.

Stay tuned for more on this story as additional details become available …

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The Colonel October 16, 2013 at 8:49 am

Where do we find these idiots?

Edgar October 16, 2013 at 9:09 am

Beatty probably cracked under the pressure of being directly up Jean Toal’s ass for the past 9 years. He has done any and everything she has told him to do for years. He has been very defensive about Toal’s attacks on Pleicones in the past few months. Toal ordered Beatty to produce some House votes for her and he hasn’t been able to do so. Kittredge? Out to lunch teaching Sunday School somewhere in Greenville. Hearn? Polishing Toal’s boots so she can be the chief justtice IF Toal can get past Pleicones. Sic – keep your connections to the SC SC. This is only going to get better between now and February – when the vote comes down between Toal and Pleicones.

Doris October 16, 2013 at 9:11 am

Toal’s favorite law clerk, Stephanie Nye, is so over Sic.

Judy October 16, 2013 at 9:13 am

Beatty probably found out Toal is supporting Hearn to be her heir apparent and not him.

venomachine October 16, 2013 at 9:43 am

A diabetic attack, clearly.

TontoBubbaGoldstein October 16, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Clearly a DWB* outburst.
The man needs support , not hurtful innuendos on a blog.

*Diabetes While Black

trolljamz October 16, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Whoa. Hardly a meltdown. He was calm and professional, but had some long overdue harsh words for this state’s prosecutors. I guess they don’t like being told that they need to clean up their act.

Absolute Jerk October 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm

He’s a totally unprofessional jerk. He never took off his blazer as an advocate for personal injuries and criminals when he donned his judge’s robe. It’s fine to do when you are lawyer advocate – when you are a presiding judge or justice – just horrible. Try oral argument in front of him on behalf of the state in a criminal case or as a defendant employer/driver/insurance carrier – he’s sure to go waaaaaaaay over the top, and law/statutes/regulations legal precedent be damned.
He is the worst of the worst of th worst on the bench, and in this state, that’s saying something.

Edgar October 17, 2013 at 8:37 am

“He’s a totally unprofessional jerk.” – and that is what Jean Toal loves about him. She controls him like a cheap remote control car from WalMart and he is too stupid to even know it. Both of them need to go.

Vinny – who are you going to vote for? Toal or Pleicones?

Judy Jurist October 17, 2013 at 10:31 am

Beatty asked the dumbest, most
irrelevant questions imaginable on one of my recent cases. We
showed him, quite professionally, that he was completely wrong and his argument
was illogical. He scowled down from the
bench in such a manner, I thought he was going to stand up and start yelling.
Toal gave a little half smile and moved on to another question. Hearn looked at the walls like she had never
seen that wallpaper before. We in the appellate
bar know Toal owns him.

Billy Goat October 16, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Whoa yourself. Were you there?? He went on a tirade. Telling a roomful of prosecutors they were all corrupt and that the court was going on a witch hunt to cut off a few heads as payback for past grievances is NOT calm and professional.
Then telling them it did not matter what the legislature passed on the issue of docket control because he had three votes that were going to find it unconstitutional is not only unethical (an advisory opinion on a law not even passed) it was childish.
He showed his true colors and has no business on the court. He should never be allowed to sit in judgement of a criminal appeal again. He clearly hates law enforcement and prosecutors. If the shoe was on the other foot and some judge had stood up in front of a group of defense attorneys and told them that they all lied and colluded with their clients to fabricate bogus defenses and that everyone charged was guilty you would be howling for that judges head.
I hope the legislature is serious about responding to this. He needs to be impeached.

Have u seen him? October 16, 2013 at 11:19 pm

I didn’t see what he did there, but he’s a completely terse, rude, overthetop historionic hyberbolic jerk on a regular basis when he is sitting on cases at the Supreme Court. So since its what he regularly does – meltdown may not be apt – and its not out of character for him to bring down the name of all Judge/Justices and attorneys with his public actions.

Tink January 5, 2014 at 7:28 pm

What you are describing as a major “meltdown” was more accurately detailed in other news reports as Beatty criticizing the prosecutors for misconduct. Given the level of prosecutorial misconduct going on, countrywide, your attempts to typify Beatty as a whack job is of some concern.

You like corrupt DA’s? How about corrupt judges? You like them, too?


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