"Since this information, documents and records were part of the deliberative process of the Chief Justice as the administrative head of the Unified Judicial System, this information, documents and records are privileged," Dan Shearouse, the Supreme Court's clerk of court, wrote.
continued, "any research that was conducted was done by attorneys employed by the South Carolina Judicial Department
or by personnel working under the supervision of those attorneys.
Therefore, any documents or records that these employees may have created are subject to the attorney-client privilege."
didn't cite any law supporting his
denial of the request.