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SC Supreme Court Rules Prosecutors Should Not Control Court Dockets

web posted November 28, 2012

COLUMBIA – A case stemming from the arrest of three men in a Johnston armed robbery has sent shockwaves through the state when the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that Solicitors controlling the General Sessions Court docket is unconstitutional last Wednesday. The case stems from the armed robbery and kidnapping of a Johnston business owner and his family in 2008 where K. C. Langford lll, Alvin Phillips, and his cousin Bryan Jordon Phillips were charged and convicted in the crime. Langford's Public Defender filed the suit on his behalf.

The defense attorneys had said the law violates the separation of powers by giving judicial responsibility to a prosecutor, or member of the executive branch, thus giving two powers to the Executive Branch rather than the Judicial Branch. The South Carolina Supreme Court agreed.

According to the ruling:
"In the interest of having an accurate record of pending criminal cases statewide, we find the need to address the reconciliation process to confirm the inventory of outstanding General Sessions cases.

Pursuant to the provisions of Article V, §4, of the South Carolina Constitution,
IT IS ORDERED that each Circuit Solicitor shall reconcile all pending General Sessions cases attributable to each county in their circuit with the records maintained by the County Clerks of Court.  The Clerks shall provide to the Solicitors the most recent pending cases report from the County Statistics Self-Audit Portal and shall work with the Solicitors to reconcile the records and ensure that all case dispositions are accurately reported to the S.C. Judicial Department.  The General Sessions records for each county must be reconciled no later than February 4, 2013.  The Solicitors shall notify the Director of Court Administration of compliance with this Order and that the record of pending cases is accurate as of the date of reconciliation.  Thereafter, it is the ongoing responsibility of the Solicitors and Clerks to periodically reconcile General Sessions pending cases.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Clerks of Court shall conduct monthly self-audits utilizing the County Statistics Self-Audit Portal to ensure that the records transmitted to the S.C. Judicial Department are accurate.  Verification of the monthly self-audit will be submitted to Court Administration for the court's review on an ongoing basis."

The action was filed on behalf of Langford and was then joined by other public defenders. Langford is currently serving a 20-year sentence for his part of the armed robbery and kidnapping.

At this time it appears that the Clerks of Court will possibly set the docket for General Session cases as they do in Family Court cases, which speeds the process of cases being heard by a judge.

Johnston Police arrest three for August armed robbery
September 29, 2008

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