Mistrial Declared In Police Chief’s Murder Case

SOLICITOR CAN’T GET CONVICTION IN RACIALLY CHARGED CASE … || By FITSNEWS ||  The racial play didn’t work … A controversial decision by S.C. first circuit solicitor David Pascoe to press for a murder charge against a former small town police chief has backfired. A jury in Orangeburg County, S.C. has…


|| By FITSNEWS ||  The racial play didn’t work …

A controversial decision by S.C. first circuit solicitor David Pascoe to press for a murder charge against a former small town police chief has backfired.

A jury in Orangeburg County, S.C. has deadlocked in the murder trial of former Eutawville, S.C. police chief Richard Combs – resulting in a mistrial in the case that stemmed from the 2011 shooting death of Bernard Bailey.

And yes, Combs is white and Bailey is black … which became quite a big deal in the aftermath of the whole Ferguson drama.

Bailey was shot twice in the chest by Combs following a May 2011 scuffle in the police chief’s office.  What were the two arguing about?  A ticket his daughter had received for a busted vehicle tail light.

“With one word, you can let the defendant know Bernard Bailey’s life, her father’s life, was more important than a broken taillight,” Pascoe told jurors in his closing argument. “With one word, you can let him know the law applies to him, just like everybody else.”

He didn’t get that word, though …

Pascoe’s decision to pursue a murder case against Combs was surprising considering the town of Eutawville recently settled a wrongful death case brought by Bailey’s family for $400,000.  Not only that, a U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) investigation concluded last March determined Combs did not violate Bailey’s civil rights.

The decision to shoot for a murder charge was also surprising considering Pascoe reportedly “no-billed” a manslaughter indictment against Combs in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

“Even after the DOJ cleared the chief, Pascoe dug all that stuff up, forced the family to relive this tragedy and still couldn’t get it done,” a source familiar with the trial told FITS.  “With a majority black jury and the Ferguson momentum he wasn’t able to get the press he wanted. He just dropped the ball.”

Wow … pretty harsh.  But also pretty hard to argue with …

Pascoe – who has his sights set on higher office – earned high marks for his handling of the ethics case involving former S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

This defeat is a clear setback to his future aspirations, though …

Pascoe went for the low-hanging fruit … hoping the racial tensions associated with the Ferguson case would sway jurors in his favor.

Clearly, the facts of the case did not conform with his intention … or if they did, he failed to present them in such a way as to get the outcome he desired.


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Pathetic... January 13, 2015 at 9:02 am

This is what happens when you only care about getting your name in the paper….

The Colonel January 13, 2015 at 9:03 am

Holder’s DOJ cleared him, the Grand Jury cleared him – but neither of those entities were running for re-election. That’s all you need to know.

GrandTango January 13, 2015 at 9:07 am

African-Americans are being taught, that you can do any D@*n thing you want in America, because the federal government cares about protecting its elitist class, based on Black-Skin Privilege…..

A law officer fearing for his life does not give a D*#n about what Eric Holder, Oprah, FITS and ISIS tell you about your right to be a criminal, and hate whites or the police……

9" January 13, 2015 at 9:13 am

It’s OK to say,’Damn’,here.You might feel better if you stop censoring yourself.

jeb bush January 13, 2015 at 9:16 am

i guess that’s why the feds indicted combs for killing an unarmed black man? you are truly a stupid fuck

GrandTango January 13, 2015 at 10:43 am

Does the law on protect unarmed “BLACK” men or are you the stupid F*#k….???

grandtangosuglydog January 13, 2015 at 10:49 am

can you type a coherent sentence or are you just an ignorant fuck from the southern woods who has never left the state of South Carolina and feels every person who isn’t white didnt really earn anything they have achieved its only because of their color?

GrandTango January 13, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Bigoted much???….LMAO…

Keep typing…you expose yourself more w/ each word…Hahahaha…

grandtangosuglydog January 13, 2015 at 10:07 am

I see your ugly little racist head is showing itself true to yourself grandtrollasshat, you are a tiny little troll full of hate, racism and bullshit. Stay true little troll.

GrandTango January 13, 2015 at 10:39 am

Reality has a way of setting off extremist, detached liberals…

TyroneMamaCollards January 13, 2015 at 10:26 am

This sense of entitlement must go.It is no longer a question of color; instead it is where you are in terms of working towards the American dream. Look at all the whites who voted for Tim Scott here in SC. Successful blacks and whites are still being plagued by people with a 1960s mindset. The CEOs of Merck, and American Express are black.
Blacks or anyone for that matter can no longer get away with the race card anymore. You got to do the American Dream on your own.

grandtangosuglydog January 13, 2015 at 10:28 am

so Tyrone in your view if any company hires a black as CEO the ONLY reason is because they are black and feel entitled? LOLOL hows the Klan treating you these days? free sheets? Let me guess..never left the state of SC huh?

GrandTango January 13, 2015 at 10:42 am

No…What Tyrone is saying: your constant crutch and claims of everything being based on racism against Blacks is TOTAL Bull-S#!t, fed to you by Greedy, power-mongers in the Democrat Party, using you because you act on emotion…not reality or logic….

grandtangosuglydog January 13, 2015 at 10:26 am

“protecting its elitist class, based on Black-Skin Privilege…..” what the fuck does this even mean? do you even read what you write or are you just so full of hate your craziness comes out and you dont even know it? Take some time and reread this sentence a few times..then and only then will you see why you are such an asshat and a clown..viewed as a little troll with absolutely no value.

GrandTango January 13, 2015 at 10:39 am

Yes, Virginia, the mythology the Democrats have been teaching you is Bull-S#!t….LMAO…

grandtangosuglydog January 13, 2015 at 10:51 am

answer the question racist bigoted you even read what you write..can you explain the crap you spew daily or forget daily how about just this sentence..”protecting its elitist class, based on Black-Skin Privilege”?

GrandTango January 13, 2015 at 10:56 am

Ever hear of OJ Simpson???…Do you think Holder would INVESTIGATE the Ferguson PD, if Brown would have come from a WHITE family…????

Would Obama have been granted entrance to exclusive private schools or the Ivy League or law school, if her he were a white man???

You are a Dumb@$$, awash in liberal fables…you’re too blinded by ideology to observe what is going on around you, because the Democrat Party needs you to choose its mythology over the truth…You are dangerous to this nation…

grandtangosuglydog January 13, 2015 at 11:01 am

Your reply says it truly believe the only way a person of color could possibly make it to an ivy league school or law school is due to preferential treatment, which means you truly believe any person of color in that position is inherently inferior to whites, otherwise why would they need special treatment..You’re a racist intolerant asshole plain and simple.

GrandTango January 13, 2015 at 11:08 am

LMAO….Like I said, reality has a way of setting off the extremist and blinded-by-hate, liberals……

PS: If you think Obama EARNED his way into privilege, you are VERY ignorant…. (: …You need to read up on it, and educate yourself.

grandtangosuglydog January 13, 2015 at 11:11 am

site some sources then. Use what we call facts in the real world..can you? or is just pretend to ignore what was commented on and just scream the same thing over and me the facts asshole..should be easy right? site your sources..i know you are a wanna be pretend writer but come dog would know how to site facts..can you? Show me where Obama got special treatment.

GrandTango January 13, 2015 at 11:14 am

FACT: OJ Simpson got away w/ killing two WHITE people because he is black…

PS: All you have is HATE and Delusion…that is why Democrats FAIL miserably (see Detroit-See Obama) every time you steal power from the people…

The wages of sin is death…and liberalism is based TOTALLY in SIN…

grandtangosuglydog January 13, 2015 at 11:18 am

so no you cant site any sources and no its not a fact that OJ got away with murder because he is black..that is your opinion. Its obvious why your blog was such a total honestly believe every opinion you matter how uneducated is is a have pretty much failed at every single thing in life and have only the trolling you do on this site to make you feel like you are connected to anyone..even at that you are a failure. your life is a total failure for that matter. Still waiting on those facts to support your ridiculous statements or are you just gonna are a liar.

GrandTango January 13, 2015 at 11:31 am

You might better see if you can get a prescription for some Valium…It seems you have vested your whole being in the idea that you are not an ignorant, hateful and backward racist…and I’m proving that you are…

Work through it…you’ll be a bigger person when you realize I am right, and your masters are self-serving, Greedy, liberal LIARS, who have been using your stupid @$$…LMAO….

grandtangosuglydog January 13, 2015 at 11:50 am

Thanks for proving my point about you being a liar and a coward. A lesson for you ignorant racist made a statement that all blacks or people of color who have been successful are only successful due to some extra privilege granted by the white man..i asked you to back this statement up with facts, you went all non sequitor and tried to change the subject, brought up Obama and OJ Simpson..(lol) feeling sorry for you i asked you to only site the Obama reference and prove he was given special treatment, you then brought up OJ again and ignored what i had asked because you had lied, then you didn’t admit to being wrong or telling lies so I, in a few sentences, proved you are not only a liar but a coward as well for not admitting when wrong.

GrandTango January 13, 2015 at 11:55 am

Like most liberals on here, you’re obsessed with fighting me…

When what you actually reveal is the war you people have going on within yourselves because you serve, and are manipulated by, very corrupt and dishonest people…And I expose that. So you attack me…instead of dealing w/ the demons that control you….I am your conscience talking…And you hate that…and hate me for it…

grandtangosuglydog January 13, 2015 at 12:23 pm

so still no source or or backing your statement that every successful person of color is only successful because a white person allowed it? Liar and a coward. Simple as that..keep trying to change the subject or rant on other non sequiturs but the facts are the are a proven liar and a coward.

GrandTango January 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm

I think I proved my contention very well, using undeniable REALITY…don’t you?

grandtangosuglydog January 13, 2015 at 12:23 pm

i just asked you to back what you cant . simple.

GrandTango January 13, 2015 at 1:38 pm

I just ask you to show me you are blind to logic and reason…and you did…LMAO….

nitrat January 13, 2015 at 11:46 am

Why do you respond to that drunk?
The only rational response is to ignore him.

grandtangosuglydog January 13, 2015 at 11:51 am

good point nitrat..i have always hated liars, cowards and internet bullies who wish they had been born with some balls so i guess i let him get to me..good point..dont feed the troll.

grandtangosuglydog January 13, 2015 at 11:20 am

remember ignorant one it was Obama you (of course what else do you talk about) that was the subject..stay on those sources otherwise you are admitting what a racist bigoted piece of shit liar you are..

Fecal Matters January 13, 2015 at 4:10 pm

The Ghost of Columbia University….

grandtangosuglydog January 13, 2015 at 5:21 pm

LOLOLOL when even Glen Beck says he went there..oh why bother go ahead and believe hes the Devil, socialist, Muslim, Kenyan, Hawaiian boogieman..good for you. hey i hear Grand asshat needs a friends..”you dont have to be lonely at”

Fecal Matters January 14, 2015 at 8:23 am

You listen to Glen Beck? That’s cute.

TontoBubbaGoldstein January 13, 2015 at 8:43 pm

site some sources then.
site your sources..
my dog would know how to site facts..


grandtangosuglydog January 13, 2015 at 9:12 pm

sorry did i insult your God Grand Tango?

Grammar Nazi January 14, 2015 at 6:17 am

Thinking the same.

Elfego January 13, 2015 at 1:48 pm

What have you folks heard about Miriam Carey?

Elfego January 13, 2015 at 1:48 pm

I think he gets his Black-Skin privilege from the US Justice Department and FBI Files. It may awaken America if they viewed them!

hahaha January 13, 2015 at 9:08 am

Silly Pascoe trials are for real lawyers…..

hohoho January 14, 2015 at 8:27 am

Moar justus!

nitrat January 13, 2015 at 9:22 am

The ONLY person playing the race card in all this was Combs’ attorney.

It Happens January 13, 2015 at 9:50 am

The jury should have had a set time to deliberate then if they were not in agreement either sent home or to a hotel. They should not have deliberated for a lengthy period of time. Asking for the score of the game should have been a clue that their minds were elsewhere.

Haha January 13, 2015 at 10:05 am

“Pascoe went for the low-hanging fruit”
Also known as strange fruit.

Shooting negros over busted taillights, rolled joints, jaywalking, etc. happens all the time, get over it.

Squishy123 January 13, 2015 at 10:30 am

I hear Jesse is packing his bags and Al is already on his private jet.

I wonder if Al has paid his delinquent tax bills yet.

west_rhino January 13, 2015 at 10:37 am

So when is Pascoe to replace (drunk as a) Judge Jean Toal?

Native Ink January 13, 2015 at 12:06 pm

We don’t know what happened without more details. Did one person cause the jury to be deadlocked?

Getting a unanimous vote to send a policeman to jail for murder is very hard.

guesty January 13, 2015 at 7:35 pm

There were 3 hold outs. 9 voted guilty.

Guido Sarducci January 13, 2015 at 6:09 pm

If Pascoe no-billed a manslaughter charge and then tried the Chief for murder, would that not be malicious prosecution worthy of a lawsuit?

Soft Sigh from Hell January 13, 2015 at 7:56 pm

Speaking of controversial cops, I see that they are renaming “Castle Metts” and the Saluda shoreline sodomy salon now named for him too.


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