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Did 'Good 'Ol Boy' Culture Enable Rogue Clerk Of Courts To Tamper With Jury?

Did 'Good 'Ol Boy' Culture Enable Rogue Clerk Of Courts To Tamper With Jury?

Update: 2023-09-20


Is South Carolina's justice system rotting from the inside? Startling allegations of jury tampering against a clerk of courts have surfaced, casting shadows on the very integrity of the system. But this could just be the tip of an iceberg, hinting at deeper, systemic problems plaguing the courts.


 In a recent episode of the podcast "Hidden Killers," Tony Brueski held a revealing conversation with retired FBI Special Agent, Robin Dreeke. The discussion centered around the shocking instance of an accused clerk from South Carolina's court system allegedly tampering with jury decisions. "The public servant, the clerk, is not serving the public, serving themselves, and it completely undermined the case," remarked Brueski.


 The gravity of the situation becomes even more palpable when considering the alleged misbehavior came from the clerk of courts, an integral component of the court's structure, responsible for ensuring justice. With such a pivotal role compromised, questions arise about the integrity of other elements within the system. "Should there be a further investigation into the rest of this machine there in South Carolina... all the way down to judges to anybody involved in this process?" Brueski probes.


 Dreeke adds weight to this line of thought, emphasizing the need for systemic introspection. “I think you're absolutely right," he concurs, highlighting the nonchalant attitude displayed by the accused and the suspiciously timed release of her book about the case. This kind of behavior, he suggests, doesn't emerge in isolation but is born from a culture where individual gains are prioritized over justice and integrity. "How did it get in her mind that that's appropriate right now? It came from on top that that behavior was okay," Dreeke opines.


 Drawing parallels to another incident, Brueski refers to a convict who recently escaped from a Pennsylvania jail, attributing his escape to poor leadership. He juxtaposes the strong leadership shown by Lt. Colonel Bivens of the state police in recapturing the escapee, against the lackluster administration at the prison. "Leadership. And so when you look at this situation, you fast forward it down to South Carolina, how can a public servant publish a book that fast?" Brueski asks.


 Echoing this sentiment, Dreeke illustrates that unchecked leadership could potentially harbor a culture of corruption. To uproot such corruption, targeting individuals isn't enough. "You got to go for the top," he states, suggesting an overhaul of the leadership and infrastructure as the only means to affect real change.


 A worrying pattern emerges from the conversation. An environment where unethical behavior becomes normalized, where bending rules is not just condoned but also encouraged. As Dreeke describes, it's a setting where "groupthink gets infused in everything," leading individuals to believe such behavior is not only acceptable but entirely regular.


 He offers a chilling comparison to a recent scandal involving a former FBI senior executive named Charlie McGonigal, charged and found guilty of receiving a hefty sum from Albanians and undermining Russian sanctions. Such acts make one wonder: how can high-ranking officials consider these actions permissible? “That's a culture," Dreeke asserts, “that says we can do this."


 The conversation on "Hidden Killers" raises disconcerting concerns. If individuals at the core of the justice system, whether in South Carolina or elsewhere, perceive rule-breaking as an ingrained part of their culture, the very foundations of the system are at risk. As the investigation into South Carolina's alleged jury tampering unfolds, one can only hope it serves as a wake-up call, urging reform not just in one state but throughout any system vulnerable to corruption.

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Did 'Good 'Ol Boy' Culture Enable Rogue Clerk Of Courts To Tamper With Jury?

Did 'Good 'Ol Boy' Culture Enable Rogue Clerk Of Courts To Tamper With Jury?

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