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SC Judicial candidates announced (access required)

The South Carolina Judicial Merit Selection Commission plans to hold public hearings to consider candidates for a judicial vacancy on April 1. The legislative commission will consider the qualifications of four candidates for a 2nd Circuit judicial seat: Shannon Chandler ...

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Judges – Discipline – Suspension – Municipal — Extra Compensation – Police Department – Appearance of Partiality (access required)

In re Judge McKinney There is no allegation or evidence that respondent ever ruled in a particular way due to the police department paying her for extra work she performed after hours. There is no allegation or any evidence that respondent made any decision not fully supported by the evidence. However, respondent admits the payments from the police department could give the impression she was not impartial.

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Coach’s Corner: Here comes the judge – online

During the past decade the Internet has created ethics dilemmas that lawyers and bar associations could never have imagined before. Thanks to websites, blogs and social networks, lawyers have a virtually unlimited presence. They are often governed in their online conduct by the rules of jurisdictions where they have never set foot, though one would normally conclude that receiving an e-mail from anyone anywhere in the world does not create a lawyer/client relationship.

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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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