Double-dipping perks given to senior S.C. judges


By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve

South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal this week said she started receiving retirement payments, which she noted stands at about $131,000 annually, on June 3, 2010.

Contacted Tuesday by The Nerve, Justice Costa Pleicones estimated he has been getting retirement income, which was $125,306 in 2012, according to a financial-disclosure statement he released earlier to The Nerve, since July 2007.

The two longtime jurists, who are expected to square off at noon today in an election in the General Assembly for the chief justice seat, are among an elite group of judges – 17 for the last quarter of 2013 – who are drawing their judicial salaries and retirement income at the same time, according to information provided Tuesday to The Nerve by the S.C. Public Employee Benefit Authority.

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