State Senator is indicted

March 17, 2017 - 10:32 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) __ One of South Carolina's longest-serving senators has been indicted on ethics charges tied to veteran Republican strategist Richard Quinn.

Prosecutor David Pascoe announced Friday a State Grand Jury indicted Sen. John Courson of Columbia on misconduct in office and using campaign donations for personal expenses. All three charges are tied to Courson's payments to Quinn's firm.

Courson's attorney, Rose Mary Parham, called it ``a political, partisan witch hunt'' against a man of ``unquestionable integrity.''

The 72-year-old Courson has been in the Senate since 1985 and chairs the Education Committee.

He's the second lawmaker indicted in Pascoe's investigation of corruption at the Statehouse since former House Speaker Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in 2014. Charleston Rep. Jim Merrill was indicted in December on charges including misconduct in office. 

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