COLUMBIA, SC — All lawmakers and the public will have a chance to look under the (financial) robes of the opponents for S.C. Supreme Court chief justice before the vote Wednesday.
Incumbent Chief Justice Jean Toal and challenger Associate Justice Costa Pleicones released their personal finances in a report from The State's John Monk:
Never have candidates for any high state judgeship made public so much personal financial information. Ordinarily, they disclose this information in confidence to a 10-member Judicial Merit Selection Commission.
The disclosures are an important way to show the justices are free of possible ethical, legal or financial entanglements that could compromise their decisions on the bench. Politicians are more accustomed to such releases; for the justices, because of its scope, its believed to be a first.
The bottom line?
Pleicones earned $344,454 in 2012 from salary, retirement and other income, while Toal and her husband Bill made $299,000.