Judge takes more time to consider corruption report release
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge says he will take at least another week to decide whether to release a State Grand Jury report on political corruption in South Carolina.
Judge Clifton Newman said at a hearing Wednesday the lawyer for Rep. Rick Quinn Jr., who pleaded guilty in the investigation, asked for more time to review the report.
Media outlets report Newman will hold another hearing on Oct. 3.
Solicitor David Pascoe wants the report released. He says the grand jury finished its two-year term in June and the main suspects in the Statehouse corruption probe have been indicted.
Pascoe says releasing the report is the best way to fight public corruption. He says it suggests specific actions the Legislature can make.
Four Republican lawmakers have pleaded guilty, although none served prison time.