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Murrell Smith Elected Chairman Of Judicial Panel

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SUMTER REPUBLICAN CHOSEN TO LEAD CONTROVERSIAL COMMISSION …

S.C. Rep. Murrell Smith, a Sumter County Republican, was elected chairman of the S.C. Judicial Merit Selection Commission (JMSC) this week.  That’s the panel that selects nominees to stand for legislative election to the S.C. Supreme Court and other posts within the state’s judicial branch of government.

Do we believe the legislative branch should have this sort of influence over the judicial branch?  No.  We do not.  Lawmakers should have no role whatsoever in this process as far as we’re concerned, as it has only led to scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal.

Already an influential subcommittee chairman on the S.C. House ways and means committee, the JMSC chairmanship is another feather in Smith’s cap – even though we’ve little use for this committee.

And we’re not sure if leading it will bring him anything but headaches …

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