S.C. HOUSE LEADERS WANT CONGRESSMAN TO CLEAN UP CORRUPT JUDICIAL BRANCH
|| By FITSNEWS || It’s no secret U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy doesn’t like being a congressman. In fact South Carolina’s fourth district representative has been plotting his exit from Washington, D.C. almost from the moment he got there.
Even a high profile role in the investigation of presumed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton‘s Benghazi scandal isn’t enough to hold Gowdy’s interest, apparently.
So … what does the former prosecutor want?
To be a judge … specifically a federal one.
“Republican” leaders in the S.C. House of Representatives may have a state job for the 50-year-old Greenville, S.C. native to consider in the meantime, though.
The position? Chief justice of the S.C. Supreme Court.
Multiple GOP leaders in the House tell us Gowdy is being eyed for this powerful post as part of a massive judicial reform effort – one seeking to address recent nepotism scandals and other shady dealings in the state’s notoriously corrupt judicial branch.
FITS challenged South Carolina lawmakers to address judicial corruption last fall.
“Members of the S.C. General Assembly have proven incapable of ethically handling judicial appointments – while the corrupt judicial branch they’ve created has proven incapable of ethically handling our legal system,” we wrote at the time.
That’s for damn sure …
They failed to do so, though. And the judiciary got even more corrupt.
Retiring liberal S.C. chief justice Jean Toal – whose 15-year reign of terror ends next month – will be replaced by longtime associate justice Costa Pleicones. However Pleicones will serve for only one year due to his scheduled retirement.
Another liberal justice – Donald Beatty – is in line to become the next chief, however his flirtation with a spot on the federal bench has lawmakers leery of nominating him. Lawmakers are also hoping to nominate an “outsider” to the top spot – someone who can clean up a judicial branch run by Toal as an effective dictatorship for the last decade-and-a-half.
That’s smart …
The discharging of even-handed justice is a core function of government – meaning the state’s judicial branch should be funded, structured and administered appropriately. In fact we’ve gone so far as to support pay increases for Palmetto state judges (something we almost never do) because we believe they are among the few taxpayer-funded employees doing a vitally necessary job.
Well, when they do their job (which isn’t always).
But here’s the thing: Lawmakers can’t just bring in a fresh face, impose a few new ethical standards and call it a day. They must also surrender their appointment authority and their power over choosing judicial candidates – a.k.a. the real roots of corruption.
Anything short of that isn’t real judicial reform …