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Rep. Todd Rutherford (left) and Luke Rankin (Center) sit on Judicial Merit Selection Commission picking all S.C. Judges

Hundreds of Horry County Residents frustrated with Family Court Judicial system

The Judicial Merit Selection Commission wrapped up meetings this week in Columbia, S.C. The Judicial Merit Selection Commission is an appointed body of the S.C. Legislature and is comprised of S.C. Senators and Representatives. The legislature confirms S.C. Judges and Family Court Judges for the state of S.C.

After we published one former Myrtle Beach woman’s horror story earlier this week, the emails began pouring in. Article found here: https://myrtlebeachsc.com/does-s-c-need-judicial-reform-how-s-c-picks-its-judges/ .

We are sacrificing quality candidates [Judicial Candidates] for expediency,” said Kash Jackson. “How can someone rob you of your children with no evidence? ” Jackson added.

S.C. and Virginia are the only two states in the United States that allow the legislative branch (S.C. Representatives and Senators who are comprised largely of lawyers) to choose judges. As we reported, these same lawyers then try cases in front of these same judges that they themselves appointed.

S.C. Rep. Todd Rutherford (a trial lawyer), puts the burden of Judicial responsibility on the lawyers trying the case.

As former decorated veteran Kash Jackson explains, in the family court system, the judge is simultaneously Judge, Jury and Executioner. These judges are allowed to put parents, who come before the judge in Horry County Family Court, in prison. This, in effect, turns family court into criminal court.

Sadly, due process continues to be a real concern for Horry County residents at large. There are currently 330,000 residents in Horry County. Half of all marriages end in divorce. Family Court is a large operation in Horry County.

Grayson “Kash” Jackson is a United States Navy veteran and libertarian political activist. Jackson grew up in Bossier City, Louisiana. He served in the U.S. Navy for twenty years, retiring as a petty officer first class in August 2016

In September 2016, Kash Jackson founded the parents’ rights organization Restoring Freedom. He had previously spent over $40,000 fighting a custody case (while in service). Jackson began his advocacy with a tour of American cities, beginning in Olympia, Washington and ending in Washington, D.C.

In his activism, Jackson has often spoken while wearing his Navy uniform, and carrying an inverted U.S. flag as a symbol of distress in relation to American civil rights

Jackson wrote the following on his Facebook page wall 2 days ago, this December 4th, 2019.

Please do not ask me for donations this holiday season. I havent seen or spoken to my kids in over a year. Instead of buying them presents I had to pay a nearly $4,000 retainer for a new Guardian Ad Litem since Nicole Slobe of Libertyville failed to conduct any semblance of a thorough investigation. I want one thing for Christmas. To hear my childrens voices. I just spent the American average of one months salary just to try and get a phone call. Now working towards having spent nearly $70,000 on attorneys and approaching $200,000 in total child support. Yep, I’m a dead beat. Beat dead is more like it.

1. No charges
2. No convictions
3. No crimes

If a 20 year Navy veteran who held a Top Secret clearance has to spend this just to be a dad, what do you think happens to someone with a murkier past. You wanna know why dads walk away. This is why. But the attorneys will say 50/50 will increase cost and litigation. I say bullcrap. You’re buying your kids brand new IPhones and sending them to Ivy League schools while we are breaking our backs to just not be completely erased.

FYI. The beautiful lady in the picture is my fiance, not the mother of my kids.

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Kash Jackson with children

According to Balletopedia:

Methods of judicial selection vary substantially across the United States.  Though each state has a unique set of guidelines governing how they fill their state and local judiciaries, there are five main methods:

  • Partisan elections: Judges are elected by the people, and candidates are listed on the ballot alongside a label designating political party affiliation.
  • Nonpartisan elections: Judges are elected by the people, and candidates are listed on the ballot without a label designating party affiliation.
  • Legislative elections: Judges are selected by the state legislature. *Virginia, S.C.
  • Gubernatorial appointment: Judges are appointed by the governor. In some cases, approval from the legislative body is required.
  • Assisted appointment, also known as merit selection or the Missouri Plan: A nominating commission reviews the qualifications of judicial candidates and submits a list of names to the governor, who appoints a judge from the list. After serving an initial term, the judge must be confirmed by the people in a yes-no retention election to remain on the court.

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Born in 1961, David is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area.David is the lead journalist at MyrtleBeachSC.com

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