Thurmond officially sworn in as solicitor
The Second Judicial Circuit official has a new solicitor, as Strom Thurmond Jr. was sworn in by South Carolina's top judge on Thursday.Chief Justice Jean Toal administered the oath of office to Thurmond and the other solicitors of the state in a ceremony that took place at the Supreme Court in Columbia."This is such a happy time for me and such an honor," said Toal.Former assistant solicitor and U.S. Attorney Thurmond took the oath flanked by his eldest son, J. Strom Thurmond, and wife, Heather. J. Strom held the court's Bible, and one of his own he had brought along for the event, as his father recited the oath.Thurmond was one of two newly elected solicitors being sworn along with William Rogers for the fourth circuit (Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon and Marlboro counties), as well as those who were re-elected.Thurmond will not have much time to settle in as Tuesday sees the first week of General Sessions court this year in Aiken County. He is replacing Barbara Morgan, who served in this capacity for 19 years and chose not to seek re-election.