Spartanburg Judge Ruled Unqualified

By statehouse panel that elects judges

Patrick Gentry
December 07, 2018 - 12:40 pm

A South Carolina state judicial oversight panel has found an incumbent Spartanburg judge unqualified to run for re-election.

The Judicial Merit Selection Commission has rejected a possible second term for Kelly Pope-Black. The South Carolina Legislature elects most of the state's judges. The panel is made up of legislators and attorneys who forward judicial candidates deemed qualified to the legislature for a vote.

Black's current term as an at-large Family Court judge ends in June, and she wanted to run for a second 6-year term in the legislative elections set for February. Reports say the screening panel declined to detail why Pope-Black was removed from consideration.

Kelly Pope-Black didn't return a request for comment.

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