SC politics: State rep’s DUI trial delayed; Jenny Sanford wants Charleston post

December 5, 2013 


State representative’s DUI trial delayed

State Rep. Ted Vick’s trial on a 2012 drunken-driving charge was postponed Wednesday when a judge dismissed potential jurors after learning some had discussed the Chesterfield Democrat’s case in a waiting room prior to the hearing.

Vick was to stand trial for his May 2012 arrest on charges of driving under the influence in Five Points. At the time of his arrest, Vick was running for the new 7th District congressional seat. But he withdrew from that race after his arrest.

Chief Columbia Municipal Court Judge Dana Turner asked members of the jury pool if any of them had heard of Vick’s case. After several raised their hands, Turner spoke to each one privately, then spoke with attorneys before announcing that she could not guarantee a fair and impartial trial from the existing jury pool.

No new trial date was announced.

Vick, who was called to training duty with the S.C. National Guard, did not appear in court.

Vick faces two unresolved drunken-driving charges. Earlier this year, Vick was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in the S.C. State House parking garage. That case also has been delayed.

Vick’s attorney, House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, has said Vick walked erratically in the garage because he had a pebble in his shoe.

Jamie Self

Jenny Sanford seeks seat on aviation board

Former S.C. first lady Jenny Sanford is one of seven people seeking a seat on the board of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.

Six of the seven candidates are women, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported. One of the other candidates for the seat is Jordan Scott Pace, a field representative for Jenny Sanford’s ex-husband, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford.

Members of the Charleston County Legislative Delegation will decide next week who will fill the seat vacated when a board member accepted a seat on the board of the Medical University of South Carolina.

The aviation board position pays $35 a meeting.

The Associated Press

Taxpayers to fund $286,000 of Clemson chief’s salary

A state board has approved paying $286,000 toward the salary of Clemson University’s incoming president.

Clemson announced last month that Jim Clements will take the job in January. The board agreed to match Clements’ salary of $775,000 at his current job as president of the University of West Virginia.

Tuesday’s vote by the Agency Head Salary Commission means taxpayers will fund about a third of that total. Private funds will provide the rest.

Clements will be the state’s highest-paid university chief.

Clemson’s retiring president, Jim Barker, makes about $470,000. Of that, nearly $246,000 – or about half – comes from taxpayers.

The Associated Press

Judge refuses to block Greenville school prayers

A federal judge has ruled that Greenville County Schools can continue to allow student-led prayer and hold school events in places of worship while a lawsuit over the issues continues.

U.S. District Judge G. Ross Anderson Jr. made the ruling Tuesday as part of a lawsuit against the school district by the American Humanist Association.

The group sued earlier this year, seeking to stop Mountain View Elementary School from holding future ceremonies in a chapel on the campus of North Greenville University, which is affiliated with the S.C. Baptist Convention.

The lawsuit says a student known only as “Jill Doe” was “offended, affronted and distressed by the actions of the Elementary School in affiliating itself with and endorsing Christianity” during her graduation this past spring.

The Associated Press

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