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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 …

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