FORMER SCGOP LEADER POSTS BAIL ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE
|| By FITSNEWS || Former South Carolina “Republican” party executive director Todd Kincannon appeared before a judge in Lexington County, S.C. this week after spending a night in jail on criminal domestic violence charges.
Kincannon was released on a $5,000 bond, and a judge ordered him not to contact his wife – Ashely Griffith. The prominent South Carolina attorney and self-described “honey badger of American politics” appeared in the courtroom without a lawyer representing him, however sources tell FITS he has retained attorney Dylan Goff of the law firm of S.C. Rep. James Smith to represent him in this matter.
Multiple television cameras were present in the courtroom as Kincannon appeared before the judge.
The charge against Kincannon comes in the aftermath of a bizarre incident last month. According to a police report, he grabbed his wife’s arm during a March 26 argument in their car, “squeezing it tightly, thus preventing her from exiting the vehicle.”
Griffith told police Kincannon threatened to kill her, himself and her family during the incident – threats he is accused of having made previously.
According to Kincannon, he “accidentally overdosed” on the prescription drug Benzonatate – which he says he took to deal with an upper respiratory infection.
Kincannon and Griffith have separated in the wake of the incident, however they issued a joint statement last week responding to all the media attention. In that statement, the couple said they would not be “voluntarily participating in any further inquiries” related to the incident – nor “testifying in any court proceedings related to this matter.”
It’s not clear how that “unified front” will impact the prosecution’s efforts in this case.
In our coverage of Kincannon’s arrest, we noted it was “likely to reignite a contentious debate over CDV reform – which has already been dominating headlines (and dogging GOP leaders) in South Carolina.”
We were right …
“It will be interesting to see how current CDV laws work in this case,” one lawmaker told FITS prior to Kincannon appearing in court. “It will help us to see how the current laws are inadequate in addressing CDV – and may give some push to passing stricter laws to protect the victim.”
Frankly, we think a far more compelling case study involves Brad Eckstrom – the son of S.C. comptroller general Richard Eckstrom.
According to police, Eckstrom punched, kicked and grabbed his former fiancee Blair Pettrey by the hair, dragging her across his mother’s home during an October 10 incident. Eckstrom’s powerful father bailed his son out of jail – and prosecutors later decided to drop the charges against Eckstrom in exchange for his participation in a “pre-trial intervention” (PTI) program.
Of course Eckstrom hasn’t attained Kincannon’s level of national notoriety …