A state judge declined to send a former South Carolina House majority leader to prison Monday, saying two years of probation and community service was a sufficient punishment for the proven case against him.
Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen noted former State Rep. Rick Quinn had no previous criminal record, resigned from office and effectively no longer operated his consulting business. She sentenced him to a year in prison during Monday’s hearing but instead suspended that on the condition Quinn complete 500 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine.
Monday’s hearing had a tense exchange between Judge Mullen and special prosecutor David Pascoe, who had spearheaded the Statehouse corruption probe that netted Quinn and five other current or former lawmakers. [Read more…]