Charleston Representative Chip Limehouse handles the funding for indigent defense in the House Ways and Means Committee. He says he was curious how South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene was able to receive indigent defense for his charge of showing pornography to a University of South Carolina student. Earlier this month Limehouse sent a letter asking for a SLED investigation on the possibility that Greene may owe the government money if he did not require a public defender.
“He filed in March and he got his indigent defense money in November. Maybe the $10,000 materialized between November and March. I don’t know, maybe he saved it. But, that was my thought was how was he qualified for indigent defense if he has $10,000 in the bank.
Limehouse says he just wants to know one thing: “I like to see where the money came from. I wouldn’t think it would be good if someone just handed him the money. I think you are suppose to report when you are in a federal race there are some federal reporting guidelines you have to go through. I don’t think someone can just hand you a wad of cash and say go file, so that may be a problem for him right there.
SLED’s investigation on Alvin Greene’s $10,000 filing fee continues.