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Jean Toal Got A Free Tree House



By FITSNEWS  ||  Years ago political cartoonist Robert Ariail – then of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper – ran a political cartoon comparing the Palmetto State’s Supreme Court to a “boys-only” tree house.

On the outside looking in was Jean Toal, the current chief justice of the court …

At a recent S.C. Women Lawyers Association conference at the ritzy Wild Dunes resort on the Isle of Palms, this cartoon was recreated – using an actual tree house.  Seriously, somebody built a custom tree house and decorated it to resemble the one appearing in the decades-old political cartoon.

Sheesh …

Later this structure was “won” by Toal in a rigged raffle at the conference – which strikes us as an inventive way of evading the state’s reporting requirements for the receipt of expensive gifts.

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Toal was reelected chief justice by the S.C. General Assembly back in February – a race that has since come under scrutiny as part of an ongoing federal-state probe of corruption at the S.C. State House.