Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bobby Harrell pleads guilty in court, releases statement taking it back

About face

Posted by Chris Haire on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 11:41 AM

In court today, Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty to six counts, all stemming from the investigation that he had illegally used campaign funds for personal use. By pleading guilty Harrell will be given three years of probation and he must resign from his S.C. House seat. In addition, the one-time speaker must cooperate with future corruption investigations at the Statehouse.

However, Harrell wants to have it both ways. He wants to appease state prosecutors and assure the public that he's not guilty after all. In a statement that was just released, Harrell said:
“I have agreed to this today to end what has been a two-year nightmare. This has been incredibly hard on my family and me, and it is time for it to end. We have a fundamental disagreement over the proper use of a campaign account to fly a private aircraft to conduct state and campaign business, but to continue to fight this would have taken at least another year, possibly two.

“Cathy and I are deeply appreciative to everyone who has offered words of encouragement and prayers on our behalf. My passion for our state remains as strong as it has ever been, and I will continue to look for ways to serve the Lowcountry and South Carolina.”
A fundamental disagreement? Bobby, buddy, you pleaded guilty. This isn't a civil case where both parties reach an agreement and no one admits fault. Nor is it a plea of nolo contendere. You stood before a judge and admitted your guilt. It's time for you to take your licks like a man.

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