Woman Supreme Court chief justice facing opposition
Female Supreme Court chief justice gets opposition
COLUMBIA — Jean Toal, one of a handful of female state Supreme Court chief justices in the United States, has a challenger.
Associate Justice Costa Pleicones’ decision to run against Chief Justice Toal has surprised legal watchers and the legislators who will vote on the contest.
Toal is a former lawmaker who became the first woman elected to the Supreme Court in 1988 and became the first woman elected as chief justice in 2000, a position she has held since.
In South Carolina, the state Supreme Court justices are not elected by the voters, instead the jurists are elected by the state’s legislature. [WLTX-HD News 19]
Lincoln County man charged with child rape
LINCOLNTON, NC — A 26-year-old man was arrested and charged with raping a girl.
Anthony Solorzano, 26, of Lincolnton, had a relationship with a 14-year-old for several months. The charges were in connection to an incident that occurred in March.
Mr. Solorzano was charged with one felony count of sexual exploitation-permit minor to engage in sex, statutory rape/sex offense of a 13, 14 or 15 year old by a defendant 6 years older and indecent liberties with a child.
Mr. Solorzano is charged with several felonies and is in jail under a $500,000 bond. He will face a judge on Monday. [WSOC-HD 9 Eyewitness News]
Instagram photos lead to investigation of Macon Police Department officer
MACON, GA — A Macon police officer is in a lot of boiling water after some misogynistic photos that was posted to his Instagram account recently.
The Macon Police Department’s internal affairs department is investigating Sgt. Jeremy Malone over photos posted on Instagram in December 2012, and the photos were posted by a woman with the username “Jessica4593.”
One shows Macon Police Sgt. Malone on his knees pretending to be handcuffed while a woman poses with a nightstick.
Another shows the woman in cuffs with her face down on a Macon police squad car.
A third, with the caption “hanging out at the MPD at 5 a.m.,” shows the woman wearing Malone’s police jacket.
All of the pictures clearly show the Macon Police insignia.
Sgt. Malone has now been reassigned from Precinct 4 to a desk position while the case is investigated. [WMAZ 13]