SC chief justice silent about stepping down in House speaker case

By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve

Under an obscure South Carolina Supreme Court order, Chief Justice Jean Toal would appoint the trial judge if House Speaker Bobby Harrell is indicted by the state grand jury.

Back in February, The Nerve asked Toal if she would voluntarily recuse herself from the case if that situation arose – given that Harrell actively campaigned for her in the General Assembly during her successful re-election bid in February.

Her response at the time through her court clerk was that she didn’t respond to “hypothetical” questions.

It’s no longer a “hypothetical” situation, however.

at The Nerve.

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