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Decoding The Culture Of Corruption In Murdaugh Country

Decoding The Culture Of Corruption In Murdaugh Country

Update: 2023-09-21


Can a justice system's very culture endanger the sanctity of a trial?

The setting of the trial date for Alex Murdaugh on November 27th, concerning his financial crimes against deceased housekeeper Gloria Satterfield, which is among the 101 state charges against him, has brought up a bevy of questions surrounding courtroom ethics in South Carolina. The "Hidden Killers" podcast, hosted by Tony Brueski and featuring psychotherapist and author Shavaun Scott, dug deep into the matter, raising questions about the alleged culture that exists in South Carolina's courtrooms.


 Brueski began by questioning the legitimacy of Murdaugh's upcoming trial in light of recent allegations of jury tampering involving the clerk of court. "Can this go to trial on the 27th? If, in fact, does go that far or does everything in this courthouse need to be reexamined?" he inquired, hinting at deeper systemic issues that might plague the justice system in South Carolina.


 Scott responded with palpable concern, saying, "It's shocking to hear about the conversations that the court clerk is alleged to have had." She went on to speculate, "And I would doubt that this is the first time; if this is the way that was happening, this probably is the norm of the culture down there."


 The culture in question is the "good old boy" system, notorious for its informal, often questionable ways of doing things. This lax attitude, combined with close-knit relationships in a small community, can sometimes lead to the blurring of professional boundaries. As Scott succinctly puts it, "Small community, everybody's friends, and the rules apparently have been not enforced. It's been lax probably for quite some time."


 Brueski further probes into the psyche of the alleged court clerk, asking if she might have believed her actions were justified or if she was unaware of the severity of her actions. "Would you assume that she thought that this was okay behavior?"


 Scott, pondering the question, concluded, "Yeah it seems so strange and so apart from the norm that one would think this is not the first time it's happened, that this is just the lady's style." She elaborated, mentioning that while many have vouched for the clerk's good character on the news, it's still plausible for someone to be kind-hearted, yet "clueless and dumb."


 The discussion naturally circled back to Murdaugh, with both Brueski and Scott concurring that regardless of one's opinion about him, if jury tampering occurred, he is entitled to a fair trial. "He certainly is entitled to a new trial whether you like him or not, or you think he's a horrible human being, which he is if this did take place," Brueski stated.


 The revelations discussed on "Hidden Killers" have indeed thrown the spotlight on South Carolina's legal system. The allegations suggest that the judicial structure's very culture might be compromising the sanctity of trials. As the Murdaugh case unfolds, the broader implications will likely continue to unravel.


 With such pressing questions raised about the state's legal culture, one can't help but ponder: How many other courtrooms, unscrutinized and unchecked, might operate under similar, questionable cultures?

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Decoding The Culture Of Corruption In Murdaugh Country

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