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"Haley, Sheheen battle over ethics as governor brings call for reform to Charleston"

Legal insight into South Carolina's uniquely tangled intersection of politics and law

November 19, 2013

 

Nexsen Pruet attorney Leighton Lord helped provide legal insight into South Carolina's uniquely tangled intersection of politics and law.

On Monday, November 18th, the campaign to re-elect Gov. Nikki Haley arranged a conference call to discuss how state law allows lawmakers to appear before magistrates they've appointed. 

Excerpts from news reports:

"Haley, Sheheen battle over ethics as governor brings call for reform to Charleston"

In Charleston's The Post and Courier, Schuyler Kropf wrote:

“It puts senators in a bad position, just like it puts everyone else in a bad position,” Leighton Lord, a past GOP candidate for state attorney general and Haley supporter, said during a conference call with South Carolina media outlets organized by Haley’s campaign.

“If you’re the victim of a crime, you want to make sure justice is done and that politics aren’t being played out in the courtroom in front of a magistrate. ... You have to take the senator out of the equation,” he said.

"ELECTION 2014: Attorney who supports Nikki Haley joins debate over lawmakers appearing before magistrates"

In Columbia's The State, Adam Beam wrote:

COLUMBIA — Columbia attorney Leighton Lord -- a former Republican candidate for Attorney General and a member of Gov. Nikki Haley's finance advisory committee -- said Monday banning lawyer-legislators from appearing before magistrates they appointed is something "the bar ought to get behind."

"Honestly like every lawyer the state I've known about this issue for a long time. Everybody knows it. Everybody shakes their head about it," Lord said in a conference call with reporters organized by the Haley campaign. "It puts senators in a bad position just like it puts everybody else in a bad position...."

"Having the Supreme Court appoint them might be a pretty decent option," Lord said. "You have to take the senator out of the equation."

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"Haley ally backs Sheheen's magistrate bill"

Seanna Adcox, reporter for The Associated Press, wrote:

"It doesn't even violate the South Carolina rules of ethics. What it does is it causes people to lose faith in our criminal justice system," said Lord, a member of Haley's fundraising team.

"This is something the bar ought to get behind changing. It probably puts senators in a bad position just like it puts everybody in a bad position."

More from Charlotte's WCNC & Charleston's WCIV.

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