As a relative newcomer to South Carolina, I was heartened by your call for support for Gov. Nikki Haley in capitalizing on the important opportunities before her. I did not vote for her, but I want her to succeed. I want South Carolina to acknowledge its enormous potential, to elevate its goals and principles, and to seriously address the need for open, ethical and truly functional standards so that we can all be proud of our decision to live here.
None of this can happen without the serious scrutiny of the state’s antiquated, self-serving and flawed legal system. An open, accountable and truly just legal system is the foundation on which good legislation and governance rests. If we do not have genuine justice for every resident of the state, and legal outcomes continue to be determined by the boys in the back, it will be evident in the spirit of the electorate, and South Carolina will continue to lag embarrassingly behind.
I recommend that perhaps the most important task that Gov. Haley can accomplish is the establishment of a commission to examine, rethink and reform the way South Carolina’s legal system operates, starting with the efficacy of the judicial and attorney disciplinary committees.