COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Newest on South Carolina legislators suspended as they face misconduct costs (all occasions native):
The South Carolina Supreme Courtroom has declined to resolve questions over whether or not Gov. Henry McMaster can briefly fill the seats of suspended legislators.
Two lawsuits filed earlier this yr argued the Republican governor not solely can, however should, appoint momentary replacements for Rep. Jim Merrill of Charleston and Sen. John Courson of Columbia. They’re amongst three legislators presently suspended amid accusations of corruption.
However the state’s excessive courtroom declined final week to instantly take the difficulty. The justices additionally denied requests to mix the 2 lawsuits. They gave no rationalization.
Lawyer James Davis stated Thursday he is annoyed. He believes the excessive courtroom ought to weigh in on a problem that “strikes to the core of probably the most democratic of rules,” the fitting of illustration.
A listening to in Merrill’s case is about for Friday.
A listening to is about for one among two former South Carolina Home majority leaders accused of corruption.
Prosecutor David Pascoe introduced Thursday the case towards Charleston Rep. Jim Merrill shall be again in courtroom Friday in Columbia. Pascoe stated within the launch he would give no different particulars.
Merrill’s lawyer wouldn’t reply questions.
Merrill has been suspended from workplace since his December indictment on two counts of misconduct in workplace and 28 counts of ethics violations. He’s accused of illegally benefiting from his place.
Merrill has adamantly denied doing something unlawful. The 50-yr-previous Republican was first elected to the Home in 2000.
He’s amongst three legislators suspended by Pascoe’s probe into potential Statehouse corruption. Former Majority Chief Rick Quinn of Lexington was indicted in Might.
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