Senator Rankin Infamous “Insider” Judicial Appointments Part Of Local And National Scandals MyrtleBeachSC News
The New York Times reported just four days ago
The unsolved murder of mother and son. Millions of dollars in stolen funds. New investigations into a fatal boat accident and the fatal fall of a housekeeper.
The secrets of a lawyer and his family in South Carolina only got more tragic and confusing this summer, and entail two arrests, mind-blowing twists and turns, and intricate theories – as many more parts of the case remain unsolved. At its center is the Murdaugh family, whose members have served in powerful legal positions in the southern part of the state for 100 years.
And at the heart of the Murdaugh drama is infamous SC judge Carmen Mullen, appointed by Horry County Senator Luke Rankin.
Rankin sits on the powerful Judicial Merit Selection Commission (JMSC).
SC is only one of two states in the union that allow lawmakers to choose court dates.
The JMSC is controversial over its continued approval of suspicious judges.
Graduating attorney, former MP Alan Clemmons, worked to complete the sale of this house owned by the Opponent Rankin in 2020.
As we publish, Rankin plans to appoint former Myrtle Beach agent Alan Clemmons to a judge’s office. We reported earlier this month Clemmons is documented not to have fraudulently disclosed trust funds to tie up the funding a Rankin opponent had to invest in his campaign against Rankin in 2020.
Clemmons is now demanding and awaiting a judicial appointment from Rankin.
FIRST IT WAS COVER FOR THE NOTARIOUS QUINNS, SENATOR LUKE RANKIN CAMPAIGN MANAGER
Quinn has led Senator Luke Rankin’s election campaign since his election. The Quinndom, as it has been called, is considered one of the most notorious and filthiest campaign groups in the nation.
Rick Quinn Jr. – right, Father Richard Quinn – left
As Columbia, SC’s WIS TV 10 News reported, “The [judge’s] Conduct during the guilty confession and conviction of Defendant Richard M. Quinn, Jr. flies South Carolina constitutional and law in the face, ”wrote Pascoe in the motion.
Quinn and his father were both in the courtroom, but both played minor roles. It was Pascoe and Judge Carmen Mullen who stole to show it when they quickly got caught up in a lawsuit.
Weeks ago, Judge Mullen gave Quinn Jr. a two-year suspended sentence, 500 hours of community service, and a fine for the one misconduct in office. It was a disappointment to Pascoe, and it was a decision he questioned almost immediately. During that hearing, Mullen did not give him an opportunity to appear in court, so days later he filed his “reconsideration request”.
Prosecutor David Pascoe argued that the judge did not take into account all of the information provided in imposing a sentence on Quinn. In the December plea, Pascoe gave a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation portraying Quinn as one of the worst of the worst and most corrupt politicians in the State House. It contained a number of allegations that the defense denied.
He said Judge Mullen should by law have taken his presentation into account in her judgment. Once you plead guilty, you lose your presumption of innocence, argued Pascoe.
NOW CORRECTING CARMEN MULLEN AGAIN IN THE CENTER OF BAD BEHAVIOR IN THE MURDAUGH MORD CASE
The suspect SC judge takes over the bidding for Murdaugh, Rankin, and the Quinns.
A state newspaper reported: A lawyer representing the two heirs of Alex Murdaugh’s dead housekeeper and nanny said Tuesday that he found the missing judge’s order, which approved a $ 4.3 million settlement in a case where the heirs were supposed to get $ 2.76 million but got nothing.
“I will hand this order over to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division,” said Columbia attorney Eric Bland. “
“A payout signed by the judge said my clients should get $ 2.76 million,” Bland told The State. “Someone else got the money.”
Bland said Tuesday he received a copy of the judge’s order from an attorney representing Chad Westendorf, the Hampton banker and Murdaugh’s friend who served as the personal representative or administrator of the Satterfield estate.
Westendorf is a defendant along with Murdaugh in the lawsuit that Bland filed last week.
Another defendant is Corey Fleming, a Beaufort attorney and longtime friend of Murdaugh who has worked on the legal aspects of insurance settlement.
Legal fees of $ 1.4 million were believed to have been paid to Fleming, Murdaugh’s selection as attorney for the estate, under the judge’s order Bland had given the state.
The May 13, 2019 order was apparently signed by South Carolina Judge Carmen Mullen, Bland said.
Under the signature are the words “Presiding Judge”.
However, the signature is scribbled and not immediately recognizable as Mullen’s signature. Mullen lives on the Lowcountry 14th Judicial Circuit, which includes Hampton County and Beaufort County.
Mullen was unable to be reached in the deadline for comment.
The order and other documents establishing a legal claim – what is referred to as “wrongful death” and “lawsuit for survival” – were apparently never filed in a state court, so there are no public records of how the case was finally settled, Bland said .
“Nothing is in the court record“Said Bland,”who said the judge’s order had no file number.“
“It is highly unorthodox for a judge to have had some sort of approval hearing because there was apparently no application pending for approval of $ 4.3 million“, Stupid.
Bland said he had no idea why the judge’s order was never filed and never became public.
State law provides a series of public steps that judges and attorneys should follow in the event of wrongful death. Under state law, settlement documents should be filed publicly with a state court.