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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Legislature Electing Chief Justice of South Carolina

South Carolina is one of only two states in which the legislature selects the supreme court.  Initial selection of judges this way is one thing, but judicial retention for another term is another.  In SC a sitting chief justice is seeking another term by campaigning within the legislature.  Her opponent: another sitting justice on the court.  More on South Carolina judicial selection here.

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