Let me get this straight: Former Rep. Rick Quinn took in millions of dollars doing the bidding of his father’s clients, surely working against the best interests of his constituents in the process, and Judge Carmen Mullen insisted that Solicitor David Pascoe “go light on the facts” so the plea deal wouldn’t blow up. Right? What a piece of work Mullen must be.
I believe that there are many South Carolinians who, if they could pocket a few million dollars in return for two years of probation, 12 weeks of community service and a $1,000 fine, would take such a deal in a heartbeat. The “punishment” doled out by Mullen does not even rise to the level of a slap on the wrist.
Had Quinn been given a few years in jail (on his dime) and a bank-breaking fine, legislators may have second thoughts about behaving in similar ways.
If Washington is a swamp in need of draining, then Columbia is a cesspool that needs to be pumped. We can only hope that scum like the Quinns and Mullen are the first to go through the hose.
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