One South Carolina state legislator will be in court next week after a judge refused to throw out charges against him.
Florence Republican Kris Crawford faces seven counts of tax evasion for failing to properly file income taxes on his medical business from 2004 to 2007. Crawford blames an accountant he hired to handle all of his tax filings.
He had sought to have the charges against him dismissed in October because then-candidate for governor Nikki Haley also faced tax troubles. At the time, Haley told reporters that she had stayed out of legal trouble because she kept in touch with the Department of Revenue, while saying Crawford did not do any filings, whatsoever. Crawford said her comments hurt his chances for a fair trial by tainting a possible jury.
On Monday, state circuit judge Thomas Cooper said Haley did not say anything in the press conference that had not already been reported, and he did not see any reason for the charges to be dismissed. Cooper also set the trial for next week.