Pas­coe seeks to open cen­sored parts of state grand jury re­port

The State - - Local - BY JOHN MONK [email protected]­tate.com

Spe­cial prose­cu­tor David Pas­coe is ask­ing a state judge to open up now-sealed por­tions of a state grand jury re­port that are re­lated to ex-state Rep. Rick Quinn, R-Lex­ing­ton.

“While Mr. Quinn may not ap­prove of the grand jury’s find­ings and wish to sup­press por­tions of the re­port that por­tray him in a neg­a­tive light, this is not a valid ground for deny­ing the cit­i­zens of the state ac­cess to im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion about its elected of­fi­cials,” wrote Pas­coe in a mo­tion to Cir­cuit Court Judge Clifton New- man.

Parts of the state grand jury re­port that per­tain to Quinn – nearly four pages of a 55-page re­port, most of which was made pub­lic in early Oc­to­ber – were put un­der seal by Judge Newman at the re­quest of Matthew Richard­son, an at­tor­ney for Quinn.

Richard­son had ar­gued Quinn, who pleaded guilty to a mis­de­meanor count of of­fi­cial mis­con­duct late last year, might be put on trial again and in­for­ma­tion about him in the grand jury re­port could prej­u­dice his right to a fair trial.

In his mo­tion, Pas­coe said noth­ing in the cen­sored por­tion of the re­port “would prej­u­dice his (Quinn’s) right to a fair trial” if he stood trial again. In any case, he added, prospec­tive jurors would be screened to en­sure they would be im­par­tial.

Richard­son, Quinn’s at­tor­ney, said Thurs­day he had not seen Pas­coe’s mo­tion and could not com­ment.

The grand jury re­port de­picted a State House where some law­mak­ers hide their out­side sources of in­come and take of­fi­cial ac­tions based on the in­flu­ence of anony­mous “dark money,” not their own in­de­pen­dent judg­ment.

Pas­coe’s four-year in­ves­ti­ga­tion has led to the res­ig­na­tions and guilty pleas or con­vic­tions of five prom­i­nent Re­pub­li­can law­mak­ers. Four were in­dicted by the state grand jury that au­thored the re­port. One in­dicted for­mer law­maker, ex-Rep. Tracy Edge, R-Horry, has yet to stand trial.

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