South Carolina judges routinely offered convention freebies

By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve

South Carolina’s three most prominent legal organizations each spend tens of thousands of dollars annually to bring Palmetto State judges to swank conventions, though the groups contend they’re not trying to influence the jurists.

A review by The Nerve of financial disclosure forms for 2012 – the most recently available – filed by judges with the state Office of Court Administration found that of 154 full- or part-time Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, circuit, master-in-equity and family court judges who submitted forms, 124, or 80 percent, reported taking trips to annual conventions sponsored by the South Carolina Bar, South Carolina Association for Justice or South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association.

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