Turnover on state Supreme Court isn’t expected to overturn rulings

-POST & COURIER, 29 NOVEMBER, FEAT. PROF. ROBERT T. BOCKMAN:

The retirement of two South Carolina Supreme Court justices by the end of next year isn’t expected to result in immediate or drastic changes in its rulings, primarily because of the importance of legal precedent.

“The law stands on previous decisions,” said Bob Bockman, University of South Carolina School of Law professor. “I don’t think a change of membership would cause a reversal of a major decision.”

That likely will disappoint Gov. Nikki Haley and legislative leaders who have criticized the state’s high court for overstepping its authority on the 22-year-old Abbeville lawsuit. <Read More>