By Carole on Jul 10, 2010
The official investigation into how Alvin Greene, the Democratic Senate Candidate from South Carolina, came up with the $10,440 needed to get on the primary ballot has ended with the announcement that charges will not be filed. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) had been investigating where the money came from in light of the fact that Mr. Greene could not afford a lawyer when facing criminal obscenity charges last year but concluded "there is no evidence of wrongdoing, criminal intent or deception to the court when Greene applied for a public defender."
The agency's statement went on to say that, "During the course of the investigation, SLED determined that monies spent for Greene's filing fee were the candidate's personal funds and therefore, no laws were violated in association with Greene's payment to the South Carolina Democratic Party." But the South Carolina attorney general's office clams it never received a request from SLED to subpoena Greene's bank records. (source) Without those records, it's unlikely that the vague accusations and conspiracy theories about who might have "planted" the young, unemployed and politically unknown Mr. Greene into the race will go away.
Meanwhile the candidate has retained a private criminal defense attorney to represent him with regard to the charges that he showed pornographic images to a college student last November. But neither Mr. Greene nor the attorney, Eleazer Carter, will say whether Mr. Carter is being paid for his services. (source)
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