CSOL Drama: Twenty Months Later …

… WE’RE BACK TO SQUARE ONE || By FITSNEWS || Big news out of Charleston, S.C. late Friday … or so we’ve been led to believe.  In reality, it strikes us less as “news” and more as a return to square one for a certain institution of higher learning. We’re…


|| By FITSNEWS || Big news out of Charleston, S.C. late Friday … or so we’ve been led to believe.  In reality, it strikes us less as “news” and more as a return to square one for a certain institution of higher learning.

We’re referring to the latest drama at the Charleston School of Law (CSOL), a private entity which has been in limbo for the last twenty months.  As we exclusively reported way back in the summer of 2013, a majority of CSOL’s owners have been attempting to sell the school to InfiLaw – a company which operates three other private law schools across the country.

So … what’s the problem?  Why can’t one private entity purchase another?

Good question.  In South Carolina, it turns out, institutions of higher education must have licenses to operate – and said licenses are granted by the state’s Commission on Higher Education (CHE).

Sound pointless?  It is … in fact one state lawmaker has been pushing to eliminate the CHE altogether (which we support).

So far this agency hasn’t issued a license in the CSOL-InfiLaw situation – in large part because of political pressure being applied by (among others) state lawmakers who are hoping to subsidize the school with tax dollars.

Pro-free market lawmakers in the S.C. General Assembly have rightfully rejected this intrusion.

“We understand that some parties are trying to use the licensing process to stop the sale of the Charleston School of law to InfiLaw in order to clear the way for it to merge with a state-supported school,” the lawmakers wrote last year. “We do not believe it is appropriate for the Commission to interfere with a private transaction under any circumstances, especially these.”

Amen to that …

Yet the licensing process continued to represent a stumbling block.

More than anyone else, wealthy Charleston attorney Ed Westbrook – who owns a minority interest in the school – has been among the chief “interferers.”

Westbrook has been pushing a plan to run the school as a non-profit, although most believe his idea was nothing but a ruse put forward by those who supported state ownership of the school – as a sort of “stepping stone” to taxpayer subsidization.

We say “was” nothing but a ruse because it appears Westbrook is now bailing on the idea – and the school.  According to multiple media reports out of Charleston, he’s decided to resign from the school’s board of directors and sell his interest in the school.

So … where does that leave CSOL?  Answer: Exactly where we found it twenty months ago.

Seriously … for the last two years, everybody’s been completely jerked around.  For nothing.

This website’s position on this issue has been consistent: State government has no business holding up this sale.  If a majority of the school’s owners wish to sell their asset to another company, that is their right.  That’s the American free market.

Sadly, a certain element at the school seems to prefer “death” to InfiLaw ownership – which we think is every bit as ridiculous as the evil woman who told King Solomon to go ahead cut that poor Hebrew baby in half so many centuries ago.

All of this is ridiculous – and frankly, it’s past time to put an end to the ridiculousness.  The free market should be permitted to work in this case, meaning CSOL’s sale should be permitted to go through and the new school should be permitted to compete in the marketplace to the best of its ability.

Anything beyond that at this point represents a deliberate attempt to sabotage the institution.


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shifty henry March 30, 2015 at 9:33 am

If these lawyers and legislators are so damn smart why didn’t they work out the details for possible contingencies — BEFORE OPENING ON THE FIRST DAY!

GrandTango March 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

WTF cares…besides FITS, and whoever is paying him to bash these Dumb@$$#$…

GrandTango March 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

This site is REALLY Boring. If it were not for my comments to read…there is NOTHING of much value…except seeing FITS trying to act like he’s not a Democrat, while kissing their @$$#$…and attacking the GOP for everything since the mob and Castro killed JFK…

Daniel Boome March 30, 2015 at 10:29 am

You are correct about your comments. They are the only thing I come on here for. I can’t get enough of the same repetitive nonsense and profane bromides. Not to mention to mention the butt-hurt responses to comments about our blog. Keep it up, brother. You are making a big difference out here.

GrandTango March 30, 2015 at 10:34 am

STFU…you ignorant bore. You just add to the prattle…Worthless @$$hole…

You’re like an Obama voter. You just take up space…and beg for more handouts…

Dunning-Kruger Case Study March 30, 2015 at 10:41 am

If people really came here just to read your comments then you could put Will out of business by simply leaving. I say go for it man. That will definitely show him, not to mention the rest of us.

The rest of you better take this guy seriously, he has done it before. He stopped posting at SCPD and it died almost immediately.

Daniel Boome March 30, 2015 at 10:52 am

Yes!!! This is what I’m talking about. This is why we all come here. Keep it coming, GT. Very insightful!

GrandTango March 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

Actually is is VERY insightful…you’re just too F*#king stupid to know it…LMAO…or who, are what, you are…

Daniel Boome March 30, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Desperately p!$$ed off much?…LMAO…
Ladies and gentleman, “is” is very insightful. Also, “or who, are what, you are…” We have a national treasure commenting on here. Make sure to screen shot these gems.

GrandTango March 30, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Copy – because you’re brain-dead – much???…LMAO…

Why is it you cannot CREATE any ideas of your own. All any of you really do is chase me…simply taking my definitions of you…and trying to cast them back…???

The liberal hierarchy is pretty good at developing myths – no matter how ludicrous they are. And so many of you ignorant F*#ks take it as gospel…Why are you lay-people of the Democrat Party so F*#king empty headed when it comes to ideas???

Daniel Boome March 30, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Idiotically miss the point much???…LMAO…
Why is it you can’t understand that I copy stuff you say to show you just how much of a menace you are and how pathetic your attempts to form an argument are? All you really are doing right now is chasing ME, desperately trying to pin me down on something even though you just like to make stuff up.
Liberals (like you) are really good at circumventing and obfuscating around real issues and attacking those that disagree with you. Why are you liberal bloggers constantly planting yourself in the comments sections of blogs trying to pretend to be something other than the liberal that you are, just to make your opposition look bad?

GrandTango March 30, 2015 at 12:34 pm

You just answered my question…thanks… (:

Daniel Boome March 30, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Well, at least one of us answers questions. You have never answered mine, just went off on your predictable diatribes. When you’ve been owned, you run away like a coward and try to cover for yourself by going off on a meaningless rant. Here’s another little iron quote from you that I can use to perfectly end this: Thank you for revealing who, and what, you are.

Delusional, ain't he? March 30, 2015 at 10:36 am

Hey, Ozymandias, I’ve come from the future to tell you some bad news.

Jack March 30, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Listen Percy, GT will never get that obscure literary reference. Sorry, but you need to limit your comments to; Hate Obama; Hate Democrats; Hate gays; Hate poor people, except GT; Hate black people: Hate Hispanics: Hate liberals! Hate moderates, Hate Muslims; Hate liberated women; $#%^#/ Hate Obama; and did I mention Hate Obama.

FastEddy23 March 30, 2015 at 10:09 am

It’s a bunch of lawyers. Their single and only purpose in life is to complicate, obfuscate and otherwise disturb … It is only mildly amusing that they would step on each other’s protuberances.

shifty henry March 30, 2015 at 10:22 am


Jackie Chiles March 30, 2015 at 10:46 am

“Anything beyond that at this point represents a deliberate attempt to sabotage the institution.”

And this is a bad thing because?

Jackie Chiles clarification March 30, 2015 at 11:46 am

I apologize for my previous comment. I have a dystopian view of the universe that is a result of a difficult childhood and my inability to reconcile my personal deficiencies and “grow up.” Please forgive this miserable cipher of a man. Truly, I am not worthy. I am sure you agree with me that I really suck. Because I do. I suck. In more ways than one.

Jackie Chiles March 30, 2015 at 11:56 am

(Infinilaw grad)

Jackie Chiles clarification March 30, 2015 at 11:58 am


Jackie Chiles March 30, 2015 at 4:54 pm

(he typed, tears welling up in his eyes as he contemplated what his life would be like had he not borrowed $250k to attend a school that charged him nearly the same tuition as harvard yet only required him to score in the bottom 10% of LSAT takers for admission)

Jackie Chiles' conscience March 30, 2015 at 9:57 pm

(he typed, as he licked the smegma from his lips in the bus station toilet, wondering why he has this strange and unhealthy obsession, but knowing that he must be who he must be, Gosh darn it, as he lifts his chin to face the next comer….)

Jackie Chiles March 31, 2015 at 9:08 am

“Bus stop d*ck sucker” is part of Charlotte School of Law’s OCI. Pimps, however, know that someone dumb enough to go to Charlotte School of Law lacks the reasoning skills to work the streets. The few smarter Charlotte grads were eventually hired pimps who ran out of people at the Methadone clinic. Charlotte reports these grads as employed in “JD Preferred” jobs.

ELCID March 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm

That’s where the rich control the ignorant peasants thru their inability to know the truth from the paid for superstitions.

Exactly the same game plan of: ISIS!

What the world needs is more.. March 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Lawyas suing lawyas! Marvelous.

Ed March 30, 2015 at 2:56 pm

And you are an idiot if you chose to go to CSOL in the last 20 months (or ever, but especially in the last 20 months)

George's neighbor March 30, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Anything that helps George Kosko is bad for this state. Kosko was removed as a federal magistrate a few years ago because of his racist and sexist comments. He and his buddies that started that school should be ashamed of letting the racist and sexist George Kosko in on the deal.

Dan Ruck March 31, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Well, dang!


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