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May 21, 2014

Countdown: 8 days for SC legislators to revoke their immunity from prosecution

Circuit Judge Casey Manning ruled on May 12 that the attorney general can’t prosecute legislators without their permission for taking bribes, converting campaign funds to personal use or otherwise profiting from office. The Legislature must act before the June 5 adjournment to make it clear that ethics violations are in fact crimes and that the attorney general can prosecute them without legislators’ permission.

Circuit Judge Casey Manning ruled on May 12 that the attorney general can’t prosecute legislators without their permission for taking bribes, converting campaign funds to personal use or otherwise profiting from office. The Legislature must act before the June 5 adjournment to make it clear that ethics violations are in fact crimes and that the attorney general can prosecute them without legislators’ permission.

The House is expected to take up the comprehensive ethics-reform bill today and could amend it to close the Manning Loophole.

•  To find out how to contact your legislators to tell them you want them to close the Manning Loophole, go here.
•  A step-by-step guide for legislators to abolish their immunity:
•   Cindi Scoppe’s column on our bulletproof Legislature:
•  Read our May 18 editorial further explaining the problem with Judge Manning’s ruling.

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