SUPREME COURT RECEIVES COMPLAINTS, OPENS INQUIRY …
|| By FITSNEWS || Formal complaints against an Upstate, S.C. judge have prompted an official judicial branch investigation.
A source at the S.C. Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) confirmed that magistrate Tina Gibson McMillan of Spartanburg County, S.C. – who was appointed to her post in 2010 by S.C. Senator Lee Bright – is the focus of an inquiry.
If McMillan’s name sounds familiar, it should. She was the focus of this exclusive report last month.
What’s she done?
According to our sources, the complaints received by the ODC focus on the nature of McMillan’s relationship with a Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputy who frequently testified before her court. The officer – James Tate – was deposed not long ago in connection with McMillan’s ongoing divorce case.
During that deposition, Tate acknowledged McMillan had tipped him off about the questions he would be asked – including questions about text messages exchanged between the two.
“She said, ‘Hey, you know, there is going to be a thing about the text that I sent you, the joke I played on you.’” Tate said during the deposition.
According to our sources, the “joke” involved illicit messages sent between McMillan and Tate – an exchange in which the judge was “pretending” to be a romantic interest.
Unfortunately, we can’t learn much more about this situation because her divorce records were improperly sealed by Barnwell, S.C. family court judge Agnes Dale Gable at the request of S.C. Rep. Doug Brannon (who, it’s worth noting, was instrumental in securing state money for restoration efforts at Barnwell’s courthouse).
The corruption just never stops in this state, does it?
We challenged South Carolina lawmakers to address judicial corruption last fall … but they didn’t. And then the judiciary got even more corrupt. They say they’re going to address it this year, but we’ll believe that when we see it.
In the meantime, we’ll be sure to let you know what the investigation of McMillan uncovers …