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There’s a new Top Ten list of America’s “most corrupt” states out there … that doesn’t include South Carolina.

Wait … what?

Yeah.  According to the new study – compiled by researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University – the Palmetto State did not make a Top Ten list that included Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Illinois and Pennsylvania, among others.

“How did we miss making this list?!” one of our readers asked, incredulously.

Hmmmm …

“The researchers studied more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending to develop a corruption index that estimates the most and least corrupt states in the union,” Fortune ‘s Chris Matthews explains.

Well, well … and there you have it.

Convictions …

No wonder South Carolina didn’t make the top ten!  We catch plenty of our leaders red-handed (herehere and here) … but nothing ever happens to them.  It’s easy to keep corruption down when you let your state’s leaders break the law with impunity!