PANEL ALLOWS ANOTHER WEEK FOR CANDIDATES TO SUBMIT PAPERWORK
|| By FITSNEWS || South Carolina’s Judicial Merit Selection Commission has extended by one week a deadline for candidates to apply for various judgeships in the Palmetto State – including an upcoming opening on the S.C. Supreme Court.
The deadline was supposed to be 12:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 10 – but commissioners have pushed the deadline back to noon on August 17. In addition to the Supreme Court seat, an appeals court seat and more than a dozen circuit court seats are up for grabs.
To view all of the openings, click here (.pdf).
No reason was given for the extension …
Retiring liberal S.C. chief justice Jean Toal – whose 15-year reign of terror ends this month – will be replaced as chief justice 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.
Among the names being considered for that role? That of U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy …