In South Carolina, the State has this delightful profile of a retiring appellate court judge, which begins with this story:
"In the early 1960s, when Travis Medlock and Bert Goolsby were young lawyers in the S.C. Attorney General’s Office, the two were assigned to try a major stock fraud case.
As Medlock tells the story, the lead prosecutor suddenly pulled out in the middle of the Greenwood trial. That left the two young prosecutors in charge.
Goolsby looked toward the area where the state’s witnesses were sitting and called a man to the stand. To Goolsby’s surprise, the witness said he knew nothing about the case.
He was the court bailiff.
Goolsby, now 71 years old and a judge on the S.C. Court of Appeals, will retire June 30. He is the last of the court’s original six members."