Author Archives: Ruth Cupp, Special to Lawyers Weekly

Portia Faces Life: Nearly 60 years later, Timmerman’s law clerk tells all in new memoir

Confessions of a Federal Judge's Law Clerk is a tell-all memoir that is hot off the press, just published on April 15. Bob Thomas, of Columbia's Rogers, Townsend and Thomas law firm, in 1954-55 was the law clerk for U.S. District Judge George Bell Timmerman (1881-1966). Bob wrote on page one, "Judge Timmerman was outspoken about his views. He was angry with the United States Supreme Court and frequently and openly criticized the court. He was an active member of the Batesburg Baptist Church and was a leader in criticizing the church's pastor for his ‘liberal' views on race.

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‘Southern Fate’ – A novel by Richland County’s Brian Boger

If you think America is obsessed with trial lawyers, viz "Law and Order" (or for the old timers - "Perry Mason" or "L.A. Law"), well you'd be right. Most of us probably hope that one day we can put aside the mundane practice of law, write a novel and follow John Grisham onto "Good Morning America" to field questions like, "Many of our listeners across the nation are just dying to know how you learned to write so well. Is it God-given talent or just natural brilliance?"

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Portia Faces Life: Why Riley twice rejected offers to be U.S. Supreme Court justice

"‘Mr. Secretary, you have a call from the president.' I picked up the phone to hear, ‘Mr. Secretary, please hold for President (William J.) Clinton,'" recalls Richard W. Riley, a member of the S.C. Bar, former S.C. governor (1979-87) and then-U.S. Secretary of Education. It was the spring of 1993. "Dick," said President Clinton, "(Justice Byron) ‘Whizzer' White has submitted his resignation. I want to nominate you to serve on the United States Supreme Court."

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Portia Faces Life: ‘Where does all this money go?’ judges ask

"Out of every S.C. traffic fine, 66.6 percent of the fee is forwarded monthly to the state's General Fund. Assessments are added almost every year, consequently, the traffic fees have to go up every year," says J. Lawrence Duffy, Municipal Judge, Sullivan's Island. "The average traffic fine is about $200. The Charleston and Berkeley magistrates and municipal judges estimate that out of those fines, these two counties send a million dollars a month to the General Fund," continued Duffy, "and there is no accounting of it."

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