For the past three years a special state prosecutor has been methodically conducting a corruption probe involving members of the S.C. General Assembly. To date, four sitting legislators have been indicted. The indictments so far involve violations of state ethics laws, and the reporting of income and campaign contributions. Some say these laws are so weak that they allow lawmakers to skirt them and use their offices for personal financial gain.
Last week State Representative Rick Quinn of Lexington County … a former House Republican leader was indicted by the state Grand Jury on two counts of misconduct in office … for using his elected office to benefit his political consulting business. Quinn denies the charges.