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Jury Gets Pinson Corruption Case Today

Plus, There She Is, Miss South Carolina 2014
By Eva Moore
Monday, June 30, 2014 |

Today, a jury takes up the corruption charges against businessman and former S.C. State board chair Jonathan Pinson and his business partner Eric Robinson. According to WIS, “Pinson’s attorneys say he never benefited from any of the deals. They also said several co-defendants exaggerated Pinson’s role to authorities to avoid prison time.”

The State’s Cindi Ross Scoppe says rumors about the Harrell-Wilson case have so far been eerily spot-on — which suggests to her judges are running their mouths outside the courtroom about how they view the case, which pits the state attorney general against the House Speaker, who he’s investigating on ethics charges. She pins the blame, in part, on a judiciary appointed by the Legislature — and thus one that has to curry social favor with legislators. “As a journalist, I’m a huge fan of loose tongues,” she writes. “But as one who believes deeply in the importance of an apolitical judicial system, I’ve been troubled by how much people who are not directly involved in this case seem to know.”

Lanie Hudson, aka Miss Anderson, was crowned the new Miss South Carolina on Saturday in Columbia.

Latta Town Council rehired Crystal Moore as its police chief Friday night. First, though, Council had to terminate police chief Freddie Davis, whom Mayor Earl Bullard had hired Wednesday morning, the day after Latta residents voted to divest the mayor of hiring and firing authority. Moore and others believe the mayor fired her in April because she is gay, though Bullard has denied that.

Why was Winthrop University’s president recently fired? Maybe because, just a month after she took the job, she instructed a staffer to create a new temporary job for her husband and hire him at a salary “low enough not to attract critics,” the Rock Hill Herald reports.

There’s a rift between Gov. Nikki Haley and Rep. Mark Sanford, The State reports. Sanford reluctantly gave Haley’s initial gubernatorial campaign a bunch of money, and Haley never thanked him, according to a New York Times Magazine profile of Sanford.

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