More Woes For South Carolina Democrats; Senate Candidate Has Pending Felony Charge

In addition to being an unemployed veteran who mounted no campaign, Democratic Senate candidate from South Carolina Alvin Greene is also facing felony charges:

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s surprise Democratic nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint is facing a pending felony charge.

Court records show 32-year-old Alvin Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. The felony charge carries up to five years in prison.

Greene said he had no comment when asked about the charge Wednesday and hung up on a reporter.

The unemployed veteran posted bond after his arrest. He has yet to enter a plea or be indicted.

Records indicate Greene showed photos to a woman and talked about going to her room at a university dorm.

I wonder if South Carolina Democrats will try to pull a Torecelli.

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  1. john personna says:

    Sounds like he’s a perfect congressional candidate. Usually they get caught later, but in this case it’s all out there, up front.

  2. Herb says:

    Am I missing something? He was “charged” before he was “indicted?” How is that even possible? (Maybe they meant to say “accused.” )

    And he was charged, but he hasn’t entered a plea? Something doesn’t add up here….

    What’s your lawyerly take, Doug?

  3. Herb.

    Filing of charges and being indicted are two separate steps, typically.

    I don’t know how S.C. procedure works but here in Virginia someone who is charged with a felony typically goes through a process that allows them to challenge probable cause for arrest, if they choose, before the case is sent to a Grand Jury.