Court papers not yet filed in Richland elections case, lawyer says

dhinshaw@thestate.comFebruary 28, 2014 

— The South Carolina Public Interest Foundation has not filed paperwork to keep the Richland County elections board from conducting further business.

At least one television news outlet carried a story Thursday night that was wrong, according to the group’s Greenville lawyer, Jim Carpenter. The story also “blew up” on social media, he said.

Carpenter said Friday he will request a judge’s order to keep the board from further action but found he must take his request for a temporary injunction to the board to find out who its lawyer is before he can file it in Richland County Circuit Court.

Carpenter said he did not know when that would be.

The Richland County attorney’s office refused to accept service of his request Thursday, he said.

Rumors were circulating late Thursday that Carpenter had filed a lawsuit, but when The State contacted him, he said he had not.

Friday morning, Carpenter said he had provided a copy of the paperwork to his Columbia client, Rusty DePass, but had not filed it in court.

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