EX-SENATOR TO APPEAR IN COURT ON CORRUPTION CHARGES
By FITSNEWS || Former S.C. Sen. Robert Ford will appear in court this week to answer to public corruption charges.
Ford was indicted two weeks ago on eight counts of corruption – one count of misconduct in office, one count of forgery (less than $10,000) and six violations of the state ethics act (two counts of using campaign funds for personal purposes, two counts of depositing campaign contributions in his personal bank account and two counts of false reporting).
He faces up to ten years in prison on the misconduct in office charge, five years on the forgery charge and one year for each of the ethics violations.
Ford resigned his seat in the State Senate last May – news which broke exclusively on FITS. His announcement came shortly after a Senate panel uncovered evidence that he used campaign resources to make purchases at a pair of adult bookstores. The veteran Democrat – who was first elected to the Senate in 1992 – was also accused of using campaign funds to purchase penis enlargement pills.
The allegations were part of a report of multiple offenses committed by Ford over a four-year period.
Ford referred to the case against him as a “public lynching” – pointing out (correctly, we might add) that far more egregious offenses had been committed in office by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.
Haley’s offenses, however, which were whitewashed by her fellow “Republicans” in the S.C. House of Representatives in 2012.
Don’t get us wrong: Ford did the crimes and should do the time – but the issue of selective prosecution he raises is legitimate.
Ford will appear before S.C. circuit court judge Robert Hood at 1:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday December 3. His hearing will be held at the Richland County (S.C.) courthouse in downtown Columbia.