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Pinson Trial Could Go to Jury Today

Plus, New Poll Shows Narrower Haley Lead over Sheheen
By Eva Moore
Friday, June 27, 2014 |
A new Public Policy Polling poll shows Democrat Vincent Sheheen 3 points behind Republican Nikki Haley in the race for governor. The poll, commissioned by the state Democratic Party, shows Haley at 49 and Sheheen at 46, with a 3 percent margin of error. The margin is narrower than in recent polls commissioned by Republicans.

The trial of businessmen Jonathan Pinson and Eric Robinson might end up in the hands of the jury today, The State reports: The prosecution finished laying out its case yesterday, and the defense declined to call any witnesses, so after closing arguments, things could be handed over to the jury. The defense argued yesterday that Pinson, a former chair of the board of trustees for South Carolina State University, did not meet the definition of a public official and thus several of the charges should be thrown out, but the judge didn't buy that line of reasoning.

Rep. Jim Clyburn weighed in on Ta--Nehisi Coates' much-discussed article "The Case for Reparations," which ran in The Atlantic last month. Clyburn told Slate, "affirmative action has been a form of reparations for slavery," according to the Post and Courier.

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