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Kenny Bingham Sues FITSNews, Will Folks

POWERFUL LAWMAKER TAKES US TO COURT …  || By FITSNEWS || Former “Republican” majority leader Kenny Bingham made good on his threat and filed a lawsuit in Lexington County, S.C. this week against this website’s parent company and its founding editor, Will Folks. Details of the lawsuit were not immediately…

POWERFUL LAWMAKER TAKES US TO COURT … 

|| By FITSNEWS || Former “Republican” majority leader Kenny Bingham made good on his threat and filed a lawsuit in Lexington County, S.C. this week against this website’s parent company and its founding editor, Will Folks.

Details of the lawsuit were not immediately available and Bingham, not surprisingly, did not respond to our request for a comment.

As we noted in our coverage of the forthcoming suit, Bingham is reportedly upset over this website’s coverage of an ethics complaint filed against him last year.

The complaint – filed by libertarian activist Colin Ross – accuses Bingham of using his position of influence to enrich himself and his company, American Engineering Consultants, Inc.  Specifically, the complaint delves into Bingham’s advocacy on behalf of a tax credit deal for Amazon – as well as contract Bingham’s firm has received from various municipal governments and the University of South Carolina.

Ironically, Bingham published an opinion piece on this website during the Amazon debate.  In fact FITS has repeatedly extended invitations to him to comment on various policy matters impacting state government.

One of those invitations was extended just three months ago …

bingham offer

We’re clearly out to get the guy, right?

Bingham is chairman of the S.C. House “Ethics” Committee – (one of two corrupt, self-policing legislative committees at the S.C. State House).

What do we mean by “self-policing?”  Easy: Lawmakers get to determine themselves whether they broke the law, an infinitely corrupt arrangement that (not surprisingly) leads to all sorts of cover-ups and whitewashes.

As we noted in our prior report, Bingham has retained prominent tort lawyer John E. Parker of Hampton, S.C. for the purpose of bringing the action.

Hampton, incidentally, has been repeatedly “honored” by the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) as one of the United States’ most infamous “judicial hellholes” – a.k.a. homes to frivolous litigation.

Which seems apropos … 

Bingham is no fan of criticism.  In fact here’s a video clip of him responding to a citizen who dared to question him on a state retirement issue a few years back …

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Bingham does have one fan, though.

According to blogger Charlie Speight, Bingham is going to mop the floor with our founding editor.

“Will Folks has exercised his particular brand of dumbassery to the limit and, standing there waiting for him is Kenny Bingham,” he wrote this week. ” Bingham can’t be intimidated and, clearly, he doesn’t fear anything Folks might print about him.  Will Folks is about to get the FITS stomped out of him.”

Well, well …

Guess we’ll find out soon enough, won’t we?

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684 comments

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:07 pm

FITS already back-peddling, trying to show he loves Rep, Bingham….

That won’t mean a thing in the courts…as it relates to the evidence the plaintiff has on you…..and not a good sign if you’re FITS’ defense team…

My, my …how that bravado has waned….I’m not nancy-pelosi-ed by that, at all(surprised)….LMAO…anyone else…

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Positive Shit Stomping May 14, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Why can’t he stomp the shit out of GrandTango or Pogo in the courtroom? That would be beneficial to the collective human race. I guess they know there’s no money to be made from suing trailer trash.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm

No…you asked for it…quit trying to run from who you are..and what you did. Typical Coward liberal…try to blame er’body else…when your handiwork manifests…LMAO…

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fc May 14, 2015 at 3:18 pm

I have done nothing to Fits.Hope he survives this.Him and his business.

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 10:06 am

You don’t deny being “trailer trash”, then, pogo?

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Comment Death Penalty May 14, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Condescension is the sincerest form of assholery.

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fc May 14, 2015 at 3:16 pm

Hate to see anyone sued,especially those with a family… however I am very surprised Fits and Will apparently don’t take this seriously….I guess it will work itself out…weird Boz is such a integral part of contributing on Fits just like he was on TSN and they BOTH get sued…best to Fits on this…enjoy the blog…

An Horry County jury ruled in favor of Myrtle Beach area lobbyist Mark Kelley against The Sun News and investigative reporter David Wren on claims Kelley was defamed in articles written in 2010 about campaign contributions made a year earlier.

The jury awarded $400,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages against the newspaper and Wren. The jury deliberated for more than four hours before reaching unanimous verdicts on the two types of damages.

Kelley filed the suit in May 2012 against Wren and The Sun Publishing Co., seeking actual damages to compensate for “his loss of and/or damage to his good name, his personal and business reputation,” according to the suit.

He declined to comment about the verdict after the trial.

“We are, of course, disappointed with the jury’s verdict and continue to stand by the reporting of David Wren and the journalistic ethics of The Sun News,” said Carolyn Callison Murray, editor and vice president of the newspaper. Attorneys will make post-trial arguments before the judge on Monday and the news organization will decide after that whether to appeal the ruling, she said.

The trial began Monday afternoon with opening statements and testimony, which often hinged on issues of grammar, and continued through Wednesday evening.

The judge ruled before testimony began that Kelley is a public figure, which meant the jury had to determine that actual malice was involved on the part of the reporter and newspaper.

The articles dealt with a June 2009 luncheon attended by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Dean, Kelley, then-S.C. gubernatorial candidate Gresham Barrett and a Barrett campaign staff member. At the luncheon, Dean presented Barrett with an envelope containing $84,000 in campaign donations, most of which were on sequentially numbered checks from LLCs (Limited Liability Corporations) drawn on the same bank.

Kelley said the wording of the articles, which appeared in May 2010, accused him of violating state ethics laws that prohibit lobbyists from soliciting or handling campaign donations for statewide candidates.

In his testimony Monday, Kelley said he was unaware that Dean planned to give Barrett the donations. Kelley said he would have attended the luncheon because of his friendship with Barrett, but knew that as a lobbyist he is not allowed to handle or distribute campaign funds.

“I want you to tell them [The Sun News] to quit taking their pen and using it as a sword and slashing the flesh of a reputation,” Kelley’s attorney, Jim Stevens, said during his closing statement Thursday morning.

Attorney Jay Bender, who represented Wren and the newspaper, reminded jurors in his closing remarks that Kelley’s witness, Ethics Commission deputy director and attorney Cathy Hazelwood, testified that an email forwarded April 25, 2010, from Kelley that included a solicitation for funds for Barrett was an ethics violation.

In her testimony, she also said Wren quoted her opinion correctly in his articles in which she said Kelley did not violate any rules by attending the luncheon.

Stevens told jurors that the FBI and IRS investigated the contributions and no arrests have been made or indictments issued in the case.

“I submit to you that the IRS and FBI are better investigators than David Wren,” Stevens said. “David Wren and The Sun News has a duty to report the truth, not lies or fabrications. Fact: David Wren’s articles were understood by the public. … And they understood it to accuse Mark Kelley of a crime.”

Bender told jurors that the newspaper and Wren had been reporting on a series of campaign contributions and were seeking to determine where the money, including that distributed at the luncheon, came from.

Kelley’s reputation was not harmed, Bender told the jury. He had kept his same job with the same clients and has since received a raise from Coastal Carolina University for his work as a lobbyist.

He asked jurors to read the articles in their entirety and they would see the accounts did not defame Kelley or his reputation.

“What’s the role of a newspaper in society? It’s to look into dark places,” Bender said. “We think sometimes people buy influence they are not entitled to.”

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article16666328.html#storylink=cpy

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:40 pm

If he has damaged this man, justice should prevail…We all suffer when justice is trampled…

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fc May 14, 2015 at 3:43 pm

I can agree with that.This should be interesting.

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Cite That Opinion, Pls & TK May 14, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Would you please link to the published opinion, on Justia, or a similar site, of an appellate court stating the current disposition of the appeal of the Kelley v Wren et. al. verdict? You and GT seriously need to do that, if you are going to keep posting as though there were case law based on the verdict. Not doing so would seriously damage the credibility of both of you.

No, wait …

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guest May 14, 2015 at 9:11 pm

An Horry County jury ruled in favor of Myrtle Beach area lobbyist Mark Kelley against The Sun News and investigative reporter David Wren on claims Kelley was defamed in articles written in 2010 about campaign contributions made a year earlier.

The jury awarded $400,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages against the newspaper and Wren. The jury deliberated for more than four hours before reaching unanimous verdicts on the two types of damages.

Kelley filed the suit in May 2012 against Wren and The Sun Publishing Co., seeking actual damages to compensate for “his loss of and/or damage to his good name, his personal and business reputation,” according to the suit.

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article16666328.html#storylink=cpy

10-4

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 6:32 am

AGAIN, would you please link to the published opinion, on Justia, Findlaw, or a similar site — or via Lexus/Nexis search — of an appellate court stating the current disposition of the appeal of the Kelley v Wren et. al. verdict?

You will, of course, find that it is not even at that point yet. And that not one penny has been paid to Kelley.

Your scare tactics on behalf of Bingham will only work if people don’t know the truth, whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Which, of course, you spineless weasel trolls will NOT report.

GinormousTau May 14, 2015 at 3:18 pm

I KNOW RIGHT, LMAO, FITS IS GOING DOWN. I FUCKING HATE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. EVERYONE KNOWS THE FOUNDING FATHERS WERE WORRIED WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO LAWMAKERS OF JOURNALISTS EVER RAN STORIES ABOUT THEM

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Rocky May 14, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Used to be don’t pick a fight with a guy who buys his paper by the ton, and his ink by the gallon. Now it’s don’t pick a fight with a guy who pays his hosting fees on time and has a strong following.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Do you hate the right to equal protection under the law, too???….

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jimlewisowb May 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Looks like the Cockroaches have circled the wagons and this time Ward Bond ain’t the Wagonmaster

Hats off to Cockroach King of Fop, living proof that the biggest turd does indeed pop to the top

Would like to think that if I had been around at the time I would have put my money on Crazy Horse – this time I will put my money on skippy –

Fuck you Bingham and Fuck the Horse you rode in on

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:17 pm

LMAO…I LOVE seeing your ignorant little leftist @$$ so P!$$#d…
I don’t care WHAT this trial yields…I want to see you crying…and understanding that there are laws to protect the innocent against accusatory little @$$-holes like you…

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jimlewisowb May 14, 2015 at 3:27 pm

#$$% Wednesday PM at )^&$%# right off I-26

Make sure %$# bring &^$&& to *) to &@!? your ^&%$$

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John May 14, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Hadn’t heard mention of Charlie Speight in a while. Where has he been?

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Mr. Creosote May 14, 2015 at 3:19 pm

The chocolate waterfall over at the Golden Corral.

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mamatiger92 May 14, 2015 at 3:27 pm

+10

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Golden Corral Waitress May 14, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Sir? Sir! Sir! You can’t put your head under that, you might drown!

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Elfego May 14, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Government Oversight and Accountability are Oxymorons!

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Will the trial reveal WHO funds this hate-attack site????…

Anyone think Sanford may be S#!tt!ng a brick about now…What about Tom Ervin or ‘Pootlian…

This will be Great Courtroom…Pleas give us the trial date as soon as possible…

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 10:02 am

Yah, right. Sanford funds a site that constantly attacks him. One of the dumbest things you’ve ever said on here.

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GrandTango May 16, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Good point…Looks like he may have cut FITS loose w/ this libel suit……

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utah May 14, 2015 at 3:19 pm

If all he is doing is suing you over your coverage of that Ethics Complaint, I don’t see it getting very far. Truth is an absolute defense, as you undoubtedly know, and you reporting on what the ethics complaint SAYS (as opposed to you accusing Bingham directly of such actions) is the truth.

Even if you did specifically accuse Bingham of some nefarious activity, he’s obviously a public figure and therefore, has an extremely high threshold to meet. Good luck to him proving you knew what you were saying was untrue.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Sounds lie your prayer is saturated w/ a bunch of VERY worried wishful thinking…

This attorney ain’t no ambulance chaser, like the ones paying FITS to publish Bull-$#!t…

I bet there is LOTS to go after FITS for…

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utah May 14, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Actually, it’s saturated with the law.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Really? …did they already have the trial and missed it…or are you a Dumb@$$ liar????…LMAO…Because I thought the law is vetted in the courts, not by liberal wishes on a public forum…

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Rocky May 14, 2015 at 3:39 pm

DId you miss out on the law classes in journalism school, or just fail them?

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:41 pm

I know the libel law VERY well…And I know truth is a defense…and it is CAUSE…
That’s what should scare the H#!! out of you, if you have even half a brain…

Rocky May 14, 2015 at 5:25 pm

It’s true. He applied at The State – three times.

Herpa Derpa Derp May 14, 2015 at 6:01 pm

The State doesn’t hire functional retards, what a surprise.

utah May 14, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Do you not understand that the law regarding defamation and slander exists today, and will be applied to this lawsuit?

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Yeah, I guess you’re right…why don’t you go tell Rep. Bingham that…and maybe he’ll drop the suit based on your recommendation….Dumb@$$…LMAO….

GinormousTau May 14, 2015 at 4:37 pm

YA SERIOUSLY, THE LAW ISNT THERE TO DEFEND PEOPLE. WHAT A DUMBASS LMAO

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:59 am

Lots of dog go after rolling tires on trucks, too, but I’ve never seen a single dog fetch one.

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sclefty May 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm

First amendment. This one’s not going anywhere.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:21 pm

You better go rub that Voo-Doo doll…because the people filing the suit are lot F*#king smarter than you….

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Rocky May 14, 2015 at 3:24 pm

And not only that, they’re 9 million times smarter than – – – – – look in mirror. And if he’s such a hot shot attorney, why in the name of creation is he living in – Hampton.

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John May 14, 2015 at 3:26 pm

He’s actually an excellent attorney. His whole firm is based in Hampton because the juries there give out gobs of money. His firm is the reason Hampton doesn’t have a Wal-Mart or a lot of other large corporations because until recently a plaintiff could file suit in any county in which a corporate defendant had a presence, i.e., a store.

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Rocky May 14, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Thank you, that was very informative. But here’s my question – what does a jury in Hampton have to do with this – because he filed in Lexington County.

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Already worried about a Lexington County jury…that might have Big T on it???…LMAO…

Can I sign up for JURY DUTY???…Should I call Kenny’s attorney and volunteer…???…LMAO…

Rocky Waitin' on Gervais May 14, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Dude, you’de be disqualified as hostile in about 2 seconds. Then after everyone stopped laughing at you, they’d go back to the selection process.

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:42 pm

They’d NEVER know how I feel during the interview….LMAO…

Comment Death Penalty May 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Quoted for Truth and deletion prevention.

GrandTango Rocky • 22 minutes ago

Already worried about a Lexington County jury…that might have Big T on it???…LMAO…

Can I sign up for JURY DUTY???…Should I call Kenny’s attorney and volunteer…???…LMAO…

GrandTango Rocky Waitin’ on Gervais • 10 minutes ago

They’d NEVER know how I feel during the interview….LMAO…

Conspircy to commit perjury is felony. Perjury is a felony.

DumbTango May 14, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Perjury? What’s that? I’m too stupid to know what discovery is, so don’t assume I have a basic knowledge of the justice system.

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Desperately reach for S#!t much???…LMAO….

FITS said he ‘ain’t skeered’…his Dumb@$$ sure are S#!tt!*g your pants…

Go Figure May 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Wait, let me get this straight: Did GT actually post, on a public form, that he would perjure himself? And this clown actually thinks he’s helping Bingham?

Not Very Bright May 14, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Will knows who GrandTango is, too, as well as some of the commenters here, so this bit of evidence is very damning if GrandTango made it as a juror.

GrandTango is so fucking dumb he hasn’t even a clue that the other jurors must vote his way or it doesn’t mean jack. This guy is D-U-M-B, him and Pogo both.

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:57 am

Yes. And yes.

Rocky May 14, 2015 at 4:21 pm

You just posted it idiot – they’d all know you who you are. They’d have this post. God your so stupid some days.

Hostile Witnesses? May 14, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Hostile? He wouldn’t even get that far. They don’t let people be jury members if they are mentally incompetent.

shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 4:16 pm

the thought — of being sequestered — in a motel room — in pelion — for ten weeks — with gt ? (shuddering !!)

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Yeah, one Dumb@$$ comment..and I’d be liable to kick some liberal’s @$$…LMAO…Y’all are not used to pushback…are you??…I’d probably scare the S#!t out of you….LMAO…

shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm

(uuuh), I’m concerned at this moment of what your idea of “pushback” in a motel room is…..

John May 14, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Nothing at all. I was merely responding to the question of why Parker was in Hampton.

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm

He’s VERY SUCCESSFUL, and powerful then…thank you for letting me know that….I expect that streak will continue w/ the Bingham suit…LMAO….

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:29 pm

You’re cracking Rocky…I LOVE IT…I knew this would happen…eventually…LMAO…

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ROcky May 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm

I’m not cracking. Now, when the SCOTUS upholds the subsidies for Obama-rama-care and FITS prevails, I will be very, very worried about you.

GinormousTau May 14, 2015 at 3:26 pm

YOU TELL EM, ANYONE WHO THINKS WERE STILL PROTECTED BY THE CONSTITUTION MUST BE SOME KINDA LIBTARD

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:37 pm

I just want to see justice…and we already know enough to know what that will perpetuate…

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fc May 14, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Kinda funny we have 40 comments in just a few minutes and not ONE says ‘a public figure can’t sue for libel’…my how things have changed….

utah May 14, 2015 at 3:42 pm

anyone can sue for libel…a public figure has an extremely high bar to meet in order to recover, though.

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm

They can sue…and win…Mark Kelley is a public figure, and he was awarded more than $600K…against a FAR more credible, and experienced, news organization than FITS…

guest May 14, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Yep

Truth Squad May 14, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Would you please link to the published opinion, on Justia, or a similar site, of an appellate court stating the current disposition of the appeal of the Kelley v Wren et. al. verdict? You and pogo seriously need to do that, if you are going to keep posting as though there were case law based on the verdict. Not doing so would seriously damage the credibility of both of you.

No, wait …

Rocky May 14, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Dude, you and Utah are wasting your time with them. Flip is pretty good, but GT has about as much brains as a dead armadillo on I-95 after the vultures have eaten the head. He’s about the noise, not the content. If you’re looking for him to be rational – you’re looking in the wrong place. He’d be a great character witness though – once you got him on the stand he’d start jumping up and down like a monkey, flinging crap, shouting out about gay sex, and calling everyone a dumb@$$. He knows a lot about libel and such, he applied for a job at The State three times.

guest May 14, 2015 at 9:10 pm

An Horry County jury ruled in favor of Myrtle Beach area lobbyist Mark Kelley against The Sun News and investigative reporter David Wren on claims Kelley was defamed in articles written in 2010 about campaign contributions made a year earlier.

The jury awarded $400,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages against the newspaper and Wren. The jury deliberated for more than four hours before reaching unanimous verdicts on the two types of damages.

Kelley filed the suit in May 2012 against Wren and The Sun Publishing Co., seeking actual damages to compensate for “his loss of and/or damage to his good name, his personal and business reputation,” according to the suit.

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article16666328.html#storylink=cpy

ok

Zed May 15, 2015 at 6:27 am

Citation, please, on final disposition. In other words, where does the case stand in the appeal process. Stop pretending the defendants have had to pay up. They have not.

STOP you BS care tactics on behalf of Bingham.

Zed May 15, 2015 at 6:27 am

your BS scare tactics, rather.

Suing for Libel May 14, 2015 at 8:48 pm

God you are dumb, no one is saying he can’t sue, but only a moron would think this guy has a snowballs chance in hell.

Hello moron!

Rocky May 14, 2015 at 3:38 pm

NO SOME KIND OF DUMB@$$ LIBTARD MUSLIM LOVER

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Rocky May 14, 2015 at 3:21 pm

You go Wil – it’s called Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press for a reason. Reading your past coverage – I find it hard to find anywhere in the articles anything that would have caused the gentleman any damage. And none of it is unatrributed. Since he will need to demonstrate intent and damage, I would think he’s sort of fishing in an empty hole.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:27 pm

FITS…you Dumb@$$…That video HURTS you…

Rep. Bingham stood up and defended the attack…you don’t like it because it was likely one of your minions pulling some Bull-S#!t…and Bingham ripped him another one…You are not used to getting an answer back, except from me…

But if Bingham chews your A$$ like he did that Dumb@$$ …you better grease up…you’re going to get your @$$ REAMED!!!!…

PS: I thought it was Hilarious that those dolts started calling Bingham rude, after he Slapped the S#!t out of the questioner…

That’s what a man does…and it p!$$#$ you cowards off when someone stands up to you…and that’s what Bingham is doing w/ this suit…

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Rocky Waiting Clarion Gervais May 14, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Yes, I fiind it very important for elected officials to slap the crap out constituents. Here’s to hoping your State Senator kicks the crap out of you. ‘Cause I’m getting tired of having to do it daily.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:34 pm

They are not obligated to sit there and take S#!t from idiots…he answered very well,. He is against TERI…he just said the questioner was operating on myths. like a lot of FITS-minions do…
And he explained it very assertively..
, like that guy do, is make it harder to attack the REAL problems…because you go around spreading rumors, based on your ignorance (see FITS)…That does more harm than good…Dumb@$$#$, like that guy do, is make it harder to attack the REAL problems…because you go around spreading rumors, based on your ignorance (see FITS)…That does more harm than good…

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Everyone May 14, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Like we’re not obligated to take your $hit – right dumb@$$.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:53 pm

I bet that idiot who got reamed was you, wasn’t it????…LMAO…

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:51 am

^^^ This is why your kin do not invite you over for Thanksgiving.

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GrandTango May 16, 2015 at 1:08 pm

Is it also why Rep. Bingham get reelected by the PEOPLE?

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Amicus May 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm

The best thing about civil lawsuits? Discovery! Have at it!

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:32 pm

VERY Intriguing…can you expound please????

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Bingham Wanted By FBI May 14, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Awwwwww …. you don’t have your own copy of the SC Rules of Court? Pffft!

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Derp Derp May 14, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Expound what? Do you even know what discovery is? It is more than a TV channel you nimrod.

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Toyota Kawaski May 14, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Little Peter, I get more than one channel of Discovery? I get Discovery Science, History,an Aviation. So please explain what channel u are speaking of???

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Libel Lawyer May 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm

In other words, Folks will be able to discover anything relevant to the statement about Bingham, including whether it is true. He can also discovery all the evidence he can find about Bingham’s reputation for honesty. In most libel cases, discovery reveals that the allegedly libelous statement is true, which is an absolute defense, and the case goes away. Ask General Westmoreland, Ariel Sharon, or Oscar Wilde. Filing a libel suit while there is other ongoing litigation is a truly stupid mover, since Will can coordinate with Ross to give him all the evidence needed to sustain his separate lawsuit against Bingham.

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guest May 14, 2015 at 8:52 pm

An Horry County jury ruled in favor of Myrtle Beach area lobbyist Mark Kelley against The Sun News and investigative reporter David Wren on claims Kelley was defamed in articles written in 2010 about campaign contributions made a year earlier.

The jury awarded $400,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages against the newspaper and Wren. The jury deliberated for more than four hours before reaching unanimous verdicts on the two types of damages.

Kelley filed the suit in May 2012 against Wren and The Sun Publishing Co., seeking actual damages to compensate for “his loss of and/or damage to his good name, his personal and business reputation,” according to the suit.

He declined to comment about the verdict after the trial.

“We are, of course, disappointed with the jury’s verdict and continue to stand by the reporting of David Wren and the journalistic ethics of The Sun News,” said Carolyn Callison Murray, editor and vice president of the newspaper. Attorneys will make post-trial arguments before the judge on Monday and the news organization will decide after that whether to appeal the ruling, she said.

The trial began Monday afternoon with opening statements and testimony, which often hinged on issues of grammar, and continued through Wednesday evening.

The judge ruled before testimony began that Kelley is a public figure, which meant the jury had to determine that actual malice was involved on the part of the reporter and newspaper.

The articles dealt with a June 2009 luncheon attended by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Dean, Kelley, then-S.C. gubernatorial candidate Gresham Barrett and a Barrett campaign staff member. At the luncheon, Dean presented Barrett with an envelope containing $84,000 in campaign donations, most of which were on sequentially numbered checks from LLCs (Limited Liability Corporations) drawn on the same bank.

Kelley said the wording of the articles, which appeared in May 2010, accused him of violating state ethics laws that prohibit lobbyists from soliciting or handling campaign donations for statewide candidates.

In his testimony Monday, Kelley said he was unaware that Dean planned to give Barrett the donations. Kelley said he would have attended the luncheon because of his friendship with Barrett, but knew that as a lobbyist he is not allowed to handle or distribute campaign funds.

“I want you to tell them [The Sun News] to quit taking their pen and using it as a sword and slashing the flesh of a reputation,” Kelley’s attorney, Jim Stevens, said during his closing statement Thursday morning.

Attorney Jay Bender, who represented Wren and the newspaper, reminded jurors in his closing remarks that Kelley’s witness, Ethics Commission deputy director and attorney Cathy Hazelwood, testified that an email forwarded April 25, 2010, from Kelley that included a solicitation for funds for Barrett was an ethics violation.

In her testimony, she also said Wren quoted her opinion correctly in his articles in which she said Kelley did not violate any rules by attending the luncheon.

Stevens told jurors that the FBI and IRS investigated the contributions and no arrests have been made or indictments issued in the case.

“I submit to you that the IRS and FBI are better investigators than David Wren,” Stevens said. “David Wren and The Sun News has a duty to report the truth, not lies or fabrications. Fact: David Wren’s articles were understood by the public. … And they understood it to accuse Mark Kelley of a crime.”

Bender told jurors that the newspaper and Wren had been reporting on a series of campaign contributions and were seeking to determine where the money, including that distributed at the luncheon, came from.

Kelley’s reputation was not harmed, Bender told the jury. He had kept his same job with the same clients and has since received a raise from Coastal Carolina University for his work as a lobbyist.

He asked jurors to read the articles in their entirety and they would see the accounts did not defame Kelley or his reputation.

“What’s the role of a newspaper in society? It’s to look into dark places,” Bender said. “We think sometimes people buy influence they are not entitled to.”

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article16666328.html#storylink=cpy

huh?

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 5:29 am

Please show us, with a link, where the appeal process has been exhausted, and where the defendants have had to pay one penny to Kelley.

We’re still waiting.

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cha ching! May 15, 2015 at 6:24 am

Did you get somebody else SUED, Boz?

Zed May 15, 2015 at 9:25 am

Can’t show, it, can you, chump? Can’t show it because it does not exist.

Bingham Wanted By FBI May 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Counterclaim his stupid ass.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Not a lawyer I take it…but a Dumb@$$, I see…

I really don’t think you want to P!$$ off the Representative any more than you already have…You might better pull a Jimmy Metts, plead guilty and throw yourself on the mercy of the court…

Can you imagine how much this will cost FITS…and chances are, he’ll lose any way…????

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Grand Tango In a Cage May 14, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Get clue … you are going to be in jail soon anyway. HAHAHHAHAAHAHAHA!!!

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Channelling Hitler again???…LMAO…

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:49 am

More on this, please and thank you.

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Bingham Suspect of Interest May 14, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Bingham and his lawyer to be charged with barratry?

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

Isn’t that BARRETry?;)

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Buddy Miles May 14, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Mr. Banks (ethics commission) waited until I had gone to the other end of the room before he mumbled something about a “nuisance” lawsuit. A spineless individual he is. So, the response I got in the mail didn’t address the basis of my complaint. Instead, it directed me to other entities. (those lies recorded on audio tape)
Point being: my experience was a reflection on the character of Bingham and associates in ethics commission (worthless POS).

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:47 am

That was you speaking on the video then, where Kennay went off on you?

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Buddy Miles May 16, 2015 at 11:45 am

No, different occasion.

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Sconset987 May 14, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Don’t know a thing about the lawsuit. But, Bingham is a public figure so in order for him to prevail, he will have to climb a very steep hill.

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Bingham Suspect of Interest May 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Yeppers …. case law is clear on that.

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Mike May 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Unless there is malice. Then you cowards are dead meat.

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In The Matter Of Bings Lawyer May 14, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Everything post by fits does not muster the test of being done with malice. Check your law.

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:46 am

Quite correct.

guest May 14, 2015 at 8:58 pm

An Horry County jury ruled in favor of Myrtle Beach area lobbyist Mark Kelley against The Sun News and investigative reporter David Wren on claims Kelley was defamed in articles written in 2010 about campaign contributions made a year earlier.

The jury awarded $400,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages against the newspaper and Wren. The jury deliberated for more than four hours before reaching unanimous verdicts on the two types of damages.

Kelley filed the suit in May 2012 against Wren and The Sun Publishing Co., seeking actual damages to compensate for “his loss of and/or damage to his good name, his personal and business reputation,” according to the suit.

He declined to comment about the verdict after the trial.

“We are, of course, disappointed with the jury’s verdict and continue to stand by the reporting of David Wren and the journalistic ethics of The Sun News,” said Carolyn Callison Murray, editor and vice president of the newspaper. Attorneys will make post-trial arguments before the judge on Monday and the news organization will decide after that whether to appeal the ruling, she said.

The trial began Monday afternoon with opening statements and testimony, which often hinged on issues of grammar, and continued through Wednesday evening.

The judge ruled before testimony began that Kelley is a public figure, which meant the jury had to determine that actual malice was involved on the part of the reporter and newspaper.

The articles dealt with a June 2009 luncheon attended by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Dean, Kelley, then-S.C. gubernatorial candidate Gresham Barrett and a Barrett campaign staff member. At the luncheon, Dean presented Barrett with an envelope containing $84,000 in campaign donations, most of which were on sequentially numbered checks from LLCs (Limited Liability Corporations) drawn on the same bank.

Kelley said the wording of the articles, which appeared in May 2010, accused him of violating state ethics laws that prohibit lobbyists from soliciting or handling campaign donations for statewide candidates.

In his testimony Monday, Kelley said he was unaware that Dean planned to give Barrett the donations. Kelley said he would have attended the luncheon because of his friendship with Barrett, but knew that as a lobbyist he is not allowed to handle or distribute campaign funds.

“I want you to tell them [The Sun News] to quit taking their pen and using it as a sword and slashing the flesh of a reputation,” Kelley’s attorney, Jim Stevens, said during his closing statement Thursday morning.

Attorney Jay Bender, who represented Wren and the newspaper, reminded jurors in his closing remarks that Kelley’s witness, Ethics Commission deputy director and attorney Cathy Hazelwood, testified that an email forwarded April 25, 2010, from Kelley that included a solicitation for funds for Barrett was an ethics violation.

In her testimony, she also said Wren quoted her opinion correctly in his articles in which she said Kelley did not violate any rules by attending the luncheon.

Stevens told jurors that the FBI and IRS investigated the contributions and no arrests have been made or indictments issued in the case.

“I submit to you that the IRS and FBI are better investigators than David Wren,” Stevens said. “David Wren and The Sun News has a duty to report the truth, not lies or fabrications. Fact: David Wren’s articles were understood by the public. … And they understood it to accuse Mark Kelley of a crime.”

Bender told jurors that the newspaper and Wren had been reporting on a series of campaign contributions and were seeking to determine where the money, including that distributed at the luncheon, came from.

Kelley’s reputation was not harmed, Bender told the jury. He had kept his same job with the same clients and has since received a raise from Coastal Carolina University for his work as a lobbyist.

He asked jurors to read the articles in their entirety and they would see the accounts did not defame Kelley or his reputation.

“What’s the role of a newspaper in society? It’s to look into dark places,” Bender said. “We think sometimes people buy influence they are not entitled to.”

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article16666328.html#storylink=cpy

Clean your room Mike.

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 5:42 am

Please post updated data on the appeals process en re THIS CASE. You will find it is still not finished.

Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched, fool.

Zed May 14, 2015 at 4:32 pm

There IS no case law on that, where the Sun News is concerned. It is at a certain stage of the appeal process. It could be years before it even goes before a judge. GT and pogo (fc) keep pushing this as though it were settle law. It is far from it. Don’t be fooled by this nonsense, anyone reading these words.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Go ask The Sun News about that….

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Cite That Opinion, Pls & TU May 14, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Would you please link to the published opinion, on Justia, or a similar site, of an appellate court stating the current disposition of the appeal of the Kelley v Wren et. al. verdict? You and fc seriously need to do that, if you are going to keep posting as though there were case law based on the verdict. Not doing so would seriously damage the credibility of both of you.

No, wait …

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 5:54 am

BOGUS … SPURIOUS .. ERSATZ … NON-GENUINE …

Did I mention it was FAKE????

“Sun Media” of Canada has no connection whatsoever the TSN of Myrtle Beach, and the case in question is not related in any way.

This shows your desperation, however, in trying to strike fear in people’s hearts over expressing their opinions on public figures.

guest May 15, 2015 at 6:37 am

You are the one that strikes fear in people’s hearts with your false and libelous comments.Ask ANY public official in Horry County.

...AS IF IN ANSWER, A BAT .. May 15, 2015 at 9:49 am

They are a superstitious, cowardly lot …

Garbage May 15, 2015 at 9:57 am

After someone sent another source I realized it was Sun New Published NOT media, which is also referred to as Sun News and is went out of business in 2015.

You can chill now Zed.

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:44 am

You tell ‘im!

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:44 am

No. Garbage was making a joke. Lighten up.

Mike May 14, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Sconset,
And you and every internet troll coward uses that to libel elected officials at every chance.
Anonymous internet troll is the lowest form of life on the planets.
Making up crap and posting it is a cowards way.

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 5:13 pm

His being a public figure will make it more difficult, but hard to imagine why such a high profile Attorney would take Rep. Bingham’s case, unless they feel they can prevail.

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Make Me Laugh May 14, 2015 at 5:23 pm

You don’t understand how money works. I can easily hire a lawyer to sue Walmart for having a trashy parking lot and cluttered aisles, claiming it is trigging PTSD. Every lawyers has a team of paid whores, dontcha know? Remember how much Bobby Harrell paid (out of his campaign funds) for his criminal defense? And he still LOST!

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 5:33 pm

How much is FITS going to be out of pocket to see his day in court? Does he have the ability to keep an attorney retained the duration? Even if he wins, it’s going to hurt. Attorney’s aren’t cheap.

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Rocky May 14, 2015 at 5:44 pm

That’s why you carry insurance.

mamatiger92 May 14, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Insurance.

Garbage May 14, 2015 at 5:57 pm

How does a Blog Site get Legal Insurance? And what are the limits?

Rocky May 14, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Ask Tango – I’m sure he knows.

Garbage May 14, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Funny.

FastEddy23 May 14, 2015 at 7:29 pm

Asked like an underpaid lawyer.

Garbage May 14, 2015 at 7:42 pm

Answered like a true politician.

FastEddy23 May 14, 2015 at 7:28 pm

If the demos don’t pony up, the conservatives will. Dirty, dirty in the state house is every bodies business.

FastEddy23 May 14, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Yeah, but even if Will were shagging the governor, those ‘ho’s still won’t stop disclosures of financial hanky panky by the former speaker … All of which will make FITS/Willy a national celebrity … and triple ad rates ;-><

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FastEddy23 May 14, 2015 at 7:20 pm

I’m betting that “high profile” Shriner won’t hang for the final act.

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FastEddy23 May 14, 2015 at 7:18 pm

… and the horse he road in on.

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Kenny & The Fatman May 14, 2015 at 3:55 pm

“Will Folks has exercised his particular brand of dumbassery to the limit and, standing there waiting for him is Kenny Bingham,”

Here’s the irony of the Fatman’s comments:

On his site, he bitches about Will using anonymous sources, “He will quote unnamed sources and suggest intimate knowledge of the inner workings of state politics.”

Then he goes on to say, “One Representative is known around the State House to have paid Folks thousands of dollars to post positive items about him as a means to enhance his gubernatorial prospects in 2018.

Some in public service are rumored to pay Folks NOT to publish potentially damaging articles.”

And who would that be to back up your claim Fatman? ANONYMOUS SOURCES?!?!

What a dumbshit. I have a hard time beleiving he was ever an actual spy, but if he was, he must have studied under Maxwell Smart.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm

You people sure are busting your @$$ to try to keep FITS out of court, and try this case on this forum…

Don’t all innocent people say: I want my day in court…why are you so afraid of presenting your case, in front of a judge and jury???

Seems like you’d welcome the chance if Bingham is so frivolous…

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Greenville Green May 14, 2015 at 4:07 pm

What happened to your famous website? Why was it taken down?

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Squishy123 May 14, 2015 at 4:16 pm

He got tired of talking to himself… rumor has it he was starting out every article with “Dear Diary, I don’t understand why F%CK$N& people don’t like me… LMAO”

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 4:42 pm

The Irony…Oh…The irony…LMFAO….!!!!!

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HAHAHAHAHA May 14, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Well? What happened to it? Cat got your tongue? Yeah … you’re a pussy ass loser ….. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAH, yyou dumb fuck.

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Lose your grip on reality much??…LMAO….

Tango All Boo Hoo May 14, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Poor Tango have no more website. Boo Hooooooo. Tango want a lolly pop to make it all better? Btw, did anyone ever tell you that you have pretty lips?

Kenny & The Fatman May 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Leave me alone crazy person.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Too late for that…Dumb@$$…You ordered a can of A$$-Whoopin’…and now it’s coming…Sucks to be your Stupid @$$…LMAO…

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Kenny & The Fatman May 14, 2015 at 4:50 pm

LMAO!! LMAO!! LMAO!!

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Who is laughing now?

At You? May 14, 2015 at 5:58 pm

We all are.

LMAO!! LMAO!!

Daniel Boome May 14, 2015 at 7:08 pm

You have only yourself to blame for the drivel people direct at you.

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Mr. Irrelevant himself surfaces…You ought to be ashamed for prodding FITS along..and making him F*#k up like this…..he does it for dolts like you…

And where is that F*#king idiot Saluda Rapids…I bet that ignorant B@$t@*d is under suicide watch…LMAO…

He looks like such a Stupid F*#k…LMAO…

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:39 am

So true!

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHA May 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm

GrandTango is a dumb fuck. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Implode much???…LMAO…

easterndumbfuckistan May 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm

From the EFF reference bloggers and libel law:

Is there a difference between reporting on public and private figures?

Yes. A private figure claiming defamation—your neighbor, your roommate, the guy who walks his dog by your favorite coffee shop—only has to prove you acted negligently, which is to say that a “reasonable person” would not have published the defamatory statement.

A public figure must show “actual malice”—that you published with either knowledge of falsity or in reckless disregard for the truth. This is a difficult standard for a plaintiff to meet.

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Is Rep. Bingham resigning?

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 5:34 am

Doesn’t matter. Has nothing to do with the actual question.

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guest May 15, 2015 at 6:32 am

No.He is the just the one that filed the civil suit and has nothing to do with it.You really are stupid.

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 10:07 am

It might matter? He will no longer be a public figure. I am wondering why now?

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:38 am

Doesn’t matter whether or not he’s a public figure after resigning (if he does so). All of this is about what has taken place while he has served as a “pubic servant” and was obviously a public figure.

guest May 14, 2015 at 8:53 pm

An Horry County jury ruled in favor of Myrtle Beach area lobbyist Mark Kelley against The Sun News and investigative reporter David Wren on claims Kelley was defamed in articles written in 2010 about campaign contributions made a year earlier.

The jury awarded $400,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages against the newspaper and Wren. The jury deliberated for more than four hours before reaching unanimous verdicts on the two types of damages.

Kelley filed the suit in May 2012 against Wren and The Sun Publishing Co., seeking actual damages to compensate for “his loss of and/or damage to his good name, his personal and business reputation,” according to the suit.

He declined to comment about the verdict after the trial.

“We are, of course, disappointed with the jury’s verdict and continue to stand by the reporting of David Wren and the journalistic ethics of The Sun News,” said Carolyn Callison Murray, editor and vice president of the newspaper. Attorneys will make post-trial arguments before the judge on Monday and the news organization will decide after that whether to appeal the ruling, she said.

The trial began Monday afternoon with opening statements and testimony, which often hinged on issues of grammar, and continued through Wednesday evening.

The judge ruled before testimony began that Kelley is a public figure, which meant the jury had to determine that actual malice was involved on the part of the reporter and newspaper.

The articles dealt with a June 2009 luncheon attended by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Dean, Kelley, then-S.C. gubernatorial candidate Gresham Barrett and a Barrett campaign staff member. At the luncheon, Dean presented Barrett with an envelope containing $84,000 in campaign donations, most of which were on sequentially numbered checks from LLCs (Limited Liability Corporations) drawn on the same bank.

Kelley said the wording of the articles, which appeared in May 2010, accused him of violating state ethics laws that prohibit lobbyists from soliciting or handling campaign donations for statewide candidates.

In his testimony Monday, Kelley said he was unaware that Dean planned to give Barrett the donations. Kelley said he would have attended the luncheon because of his friendship with Barrett, but knew that as a lobbyist he is not allowed to handle or distribute campaign funds.

“I want you to tell them [The Sun News] to quit taking their pen and using it as a sword and slashing the flesh of a reputation,” Kelley’s attorney, Jim Stevens, said during his closing statement Thursday morning.

Attorney Jay Bender, who represented Wren and the newspaper, reminded jurors in his closing remarks that Kelley’s witness, Ethics Commission deputy director and attorney Cathy Hazelwood, testified that an email forwarded April 25, 2010, from Kelley that included a solicitation for funds for Barrett was an ethics violation.

In her testimony, she also said Wren quoted her opinion correctly in his articles in which she said Kelley did not violate any rules by attending the luncheon.

Stevens told jurors that the FBI and IRS investigated the contributions and no arrests have been made or indictments issued in the case.

“I submit to you that the IRS and FBI are better investigators than David Wren,” Stevens said. “David Wren and The Sun News has a duty to report the truth, not lies or fabrications. Fact: David Wren’s articles were understood by the public. … And they understood it to accuse Mark Kelley of a crime.”

Bender told jurors that the newspaper and Wren had been reporting on a series of campaign contributions and were seeking to determine where the money, including that distributed at the luncheon, came from.

Kelley’s reputation was not harmed, Bender told the jury. He had kept his same job with the same clients and has since received a raise from Coastal Carolina University for his work as a lobbyist.

He asked jurors to read the articles in their entirety and they would see the accounts did not defame Kelley or his reputation.

“What’s the role of a newspaper in society? It’s to look into dark places,” Bender said. “We think sometimes people buy influence they are not entitled to.”

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article16666328.html#storylink=cpy

say what?

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easterndumbfuckistan May 14, 2015 at 8:58 pm

And yet it’s 2015 and not a dollar has been paid to anyone.

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Is Sun News still in business?

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 5:33 am

Yes, indeed. It is.

650,000 GRAND May 15, 2015 at 6:31 am

Buz is their right hand libel creator?

Zed May 15, 2015 at 5:32 am

It is true that people buy influence to which they are not entitled. OR, they believe they are entitled due to having deep pockets. Either way, it has nothing to do with true justice.

SHOW US where the appeal process has been exhausted, and the defendants have been forced to pay Kelly for the alleged “defamation.”

I will not stop challenging you on this. SHOW IT, or STFU about that damned bullshit trial and verdict.

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Bux Shleprock May 15, 2015 at 6:30 am

Don’t shut the fuck up!Keep humiliating yourself.You got Wren and TSN all jacked up with your libelous bullshit about Kelley,the MBACC,,Gray etc…and look what the fuck happened…you have spewed the same bullshit about others on here,including Tom Rice…

You aren’t helping Will.You are a fucking problem.In my opinion dumbass…if you want to help him go the fuck away…your name attached to anything is a fucking disaster!

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 9:31 am

pogo, you are obviously twisting yourself into a pretzel to keep from facing the truth. The appeals process has a long way to go before the final ruling is made. It’s nowhere near being there at this time. You and GT keep pimping for Bingham on here by trying to scare everyone with a total boogieman premise — that the Kelley verdict has been decisively upheld in a major, definitive decision which cannot be reversed — and has thus become settled “case” law. That is total BS and you know it. Stop running from it, simp. FACE THE TRUTH!

Bingham Suspect of Interest May 14, 2015 at 4:01 pm

All of Bingham’s bank records and all other financial records of his, his wife’s, their siblings, et al will be subpoenaed.

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Carol May 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm

No dumb ass. Discovery will be limited.
Know it all cowardly troll!

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FastEddy23 May 14, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Apparently there are multiple “complaints” = multiple discovery opportunities.

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:35 am

Correct.

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bobbymac May 14, 2015 at 4:04 pm

That is a tough case given the standards to prove defamation against a public figure. As per the Supreme Court in NY Times v. Sullivan, Bingham will have to prove that the statements were published with knowledge that they are false or with reckless disregard of whether they are false. If all Will did was report what was publicly filed this case probably never gets to a jury…a judge may dismiss it on summary judgment. I am sure Will and FITS have insurance coverage for this kind of claim. Don’t under estimate Johnny Parker, he is experienced and very good. However, he isn’t in his back yard of Hampton County in this one.

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Interesting May 14, 2015 at 4:06 pm

“However, he isn’t in his back yard of Hampton County in this one.”

Even further, it could be a half hearted attempt at shutting Will up or simply testing his finances to see if he can sustain a defense.

Time will tell.

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bobbymac May 14, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Maybe, but Will and FITS’s insurance company will probably be paying the cost of the defense. I doubt Will and FITS have to pay much out of pocket for their attorney.

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LindaMHorton May 16, 2015 at 4:22 am

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Libel Lawyer May 14, 2015 at 4:29 pm

It won;t even get that far because of the “fair reports” privilege, which allows journalist to report the contents of publicly available litigation documents, such as the allegations of the complaint in the Ross lawsuit. This case should be dismissed for failure to state a claim before it even gets to the summary judgment stage where the public official/actual malic analysis comes into play

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:46 pm

Do you know upon what the SLANDER claim is based?….

Aside from that, there are e-mails used for communication…that could contain libelous material…

A lot of speculation – in defense of FITS – seems to be based in wishful thinking. No intelligent lawyer would deal in such certain conclusions based on such shallow knowledge of a case…

Not to mention: what you THINK is irrelevant to this suit…when pitted against what Bingham and his attorney KNOW….

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 9:56 pm

I do agree, no intelligent lawyer would take a case based on shallow knowledge, particularly not a reputable one.

It may be wishful thinking. No one wants to see lives ruined and the odds are skewed due to money and power.

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GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 5:23 am

But you’re OK that FITS attempts to ruin the lives of Haley, Kennedy, Scott, Peeler, Haley’s daughter, Payne; Graham, Haley’s parents, Boeing….

Very liberal-like. You are savage toward others….but squeal victims and demand respect, when it comes back on you.

Why is it others, who did nothing to you deserve it, are fair targets…but you are hateful and aggressive, and think you are above reproach?

truthmonger May 15, 2015 at 7:15 am

I’m OK with people who place themselves in the public eye with….questionable… ethics (HALEY) being called out.

Garbage May 15, 2015 at 10:12 am

If FITS survives this. His first line of business should be to ban GrandTango.

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:34 am

Cannot agree with that.

The no-banning policy is solid and sound.

Pick 12, Will = U Win Millions May 14, 2015 at 4:42 pm

He’s not as good as you say (or think) he is. Are you even family with the Rules of Professional Conduct? BTW .. the video of a very angry and hostile Bingham speaks volumes.

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bobbymac May 14, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Well Forbes apparently thinks he is pretty good…at least in Hampton County. http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2002/0610/074.html He has had multiple million dollar verdicts which means he knows his way around a courtroom. It was his success in Hampton County that in large part led to changes in venue law in SC. Not sure what you mean about the reference to Rules of Professional Conduct but yes of course I as well as every lawyer knows them well. I don’t see anything unethical about his filing the suit but them I haven’t read the complaint either.

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 4:55 pm

“He has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America” for a number of years. He has also been listed in “Super Lawyers” since it was first published. In 2008 he was selected by “Super Lawyers” as one of the top 25 lawyers in South Carolina. He has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. He was recognized in 2010 as one of seventeen lawyers in South Carolina to be profiled in Lawyers Weekly as a recipient of its Leadership in Law Award.”

http://www.pmped.com/profiles/details.html?id=8

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Bullshit Detector May 14, 2015 at 5:18 pm

Doesn’t really matter. Its like Joe Riley being given awards for being the Best Mayor, etc. When in fact, a close look proves otherwise. Remember the Charleston 9?

Garbage May 14, 2015 at 5:27 pm

I don’t know the Attorney, only that he is high profile. Cases like this could financially break someone before they have their day in court. The timing seems odd. Or well thought out?

G.O.B. May 14, 2015 at 5:37 pm

A monkey could get listed in “Best Lawyers”. All they gotta do is send in a check for membership dues!

Smith May 14, 2015 at 5:38 pm

I know. it is a repugnant practice.

Buy Your Awards May 14, 2015 at 5:55 pm

I was about to say the same thing. Money buys those awards, not performance. In fact, Forbes has no first hand knowledge into anything to do with lawyers in SC. They get their information from other lawyers. But then, you get the big money tort claims (like against automobile makers or medication companies, etc, you get recognition. And BTW …. whatever happened to SC’s Judicial Score cards? Why was that stopped?

Tort Actions May 14, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Product liability suits are easy to win.

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"Expert" witness May 14, 2015 at 7:32 pm

Not Always

Tort Actions is a 1L at CSOL May 15, 2015 at 9:51 am

You obviously have NO clue what you are talking about. Products liability claims generally require extensive litigation and because they are so vigorously defended, many plaintiffs are unable to pursue a potentially valid case because costs to do so might outweigh your potential recovery.

ABA May 15, 2015 at 10:56 am

Your ignorance of case law is laughable, to say the least. Where did you get your law degree? Walmart or out of a cereal box? Never mind, it is salient anyway that you are not a member of the bar. And if you were, dumb lawyers come a dime a dozen (you?).

ABA def goes to CSOL May 15, 2015 at 1:05 pm

How many products cases have you personally been involved in? “Case law” (i.e. reported decisions of APPELLATE courts) provide absolutely no practical insight as to how “easy” these types of cases are to prevail on. Once you get past reading case briefs in your Torts II class this semester, you might understand. Good luck on the bar exam

Figures May 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

You are not an officer of the court. Figures.

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 5:49 pm

I think way too many of you are assuming this is a conventional case…but there is a SLANDER claim made too…

So I’m guessing there is some spoken word. And those are far more actionable than many assume…

And no one of Bingham’s stature would forward this suit w/o calculation. And this attorney would not take this w/o a similar level of confidence. These people have reputations for a reason, just as FITS has his reputation for a reason.

Of course, a trial is required, but I’d much rather be in Bingham’s and Anderson’s shoes, than FITS’….regardless of his blowhard nature…If he is not EXTREMELY concerned, he is of VERY limited intelligence. A home, future income and all you have of value, is A LOT to lose…

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 5:53 pm

I concur. I don’t see anything FITS did wrong, but it does seem very calculated, specifically the timing. Why now.

I would be extremely concerned.

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Rocky May 14, 2015 at 6:36 pm

The action names both the LLC and the owner.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Which means they will take FITS house, car and computer…His WHOLE life…professional, and personal…

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Sad Bastard May 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm

You really are giddy over the idea that a guy with a wife and kids would be hit by something, you sick freak, you aren’t human.

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:05 pm

When you do to people what he does…if you are not compelled by justice…you are a sad B@$t@*d……

You think it’s funny when it happens to the people you HATE…based on your perverted politics…but when it’s turnabout…you whine like a sickening little @$$hole…

Now STFU and take your medicine, you liberal JERK…

Nikkiiii? May 14, 2015 at 9:45 pm

What about my family?

Garbage May 14, 2015 at 9:47 pm

You still have your family, you still have your position, you still have a great life. This is an attempt to destroy someone’s ability to make a living to take care of his family and 4 or 5 children. What about his family?

guest May 14, 2015 at 9:53 pm

In my opinion only,you will never have a life or be able to take care of your family IF the end means is destroying others in your own community for financial gain.

I really believe this lawsuit will change people.Never met ANY of them. Just sad it got to this point.

Garbage May 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Never met any of them either. It is sad.

easterndumbfuckistan May 14, 2015 at 8:51 pm

His primary residence and his means of earning a living are protected. Will is much like most of the rest of the world, judgement proof.

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:02 pm

I don’t think you’re right about that…or they would NAME Will Folks in the suit.

It’s why David Wrenn was named in TSN suit. They INTEND to punish the individual…and the backers of the illegal site.

That’s why the trial will be a THRILL…I will be GLUED to it…

Garbage May 14, 2015 at 9:04 pm

A thrill to watch someone’s life destroyed?

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:34 pm

You talking about Nikki Haley, Scott Wingo, Tim Scott, Lou Kennedy, Rick Santorum’s wife, Harvey Peeler, Richard Eckstrom, Sara Palin, or Kenny Bingham???

guest May 14, 2015 at 9:45 pm

I don’t want to see that however FitsNews is really designed to try and destroy others, correct?

Hopefully it all works out.

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:28 am

Yeah. That’s the “Christian Way” to these guys. Weird.

Zed May 15, 2015 at 5:25 am

Illegal site? WTF? What is illegal about the site?

Also, AGAIN, please show proof that the appeal process on the Kelly v Wren suit has ended, and that there have been funds out-of-pocket paid to Kelley.

Stop dodging this. The Kelley scare-mongering would only work if 1) you were credible in an way, and 2) if your toady “pogo” were credible in any way, and 3) if there were documented proof that TSN, Wren or McClatchy have had to pay any money at all to Kelly.

NONE of these apply. You are full of shit.

Boz the destroyer May 15, 2015 at 6:19 am

Fuck you Boz.Why is it every site you show up on and spew your vicious poison and libelous bullshit, gets fucking SUED?

GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 6:34 am

Keep SCREAMING at it…maybe it will go away….NOT…LMAO…

guest May 15, 2015 at 6:40 am

Just what Will and Fits need…Boz Martin attaching his name to the cause of his defense.

With friends like that, who the fuck needs enemies…

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:27 am

You claimed earlier that only Will was named and not the LLC. Now you are claiming Will is not named at all. Get your shit straight, man. And don’t you know that Xanex, bad stumphole ‘shine and huffin’ ether off a Kotex in a paper bag will mess you up for life?

GrandTango May 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm

You’re just P!$$ed you got busted…so now you’re just lying like your puppet master.

I guess none of you have learned your lesson, yet…

Get Real May 14, 2015 at 7:39 pm

What’s the matter with you? You are disputing the word of GT? Just because he has stated something that is not true? Don’t you know he is tuned into another dimension of space and time where his word is law, and where he is not widely regarded as a buffoon?

Charlie Speights = What GT would be if he were slightly saner and better educated.

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Saluda Rapids May 14, 2015 at 10:31 pm

His corporate shield will be easily pierced.

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:22 am

Is that a sexual reference?;)

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:23 am

Quite correct. But it’s reality. That does not compute for GT.

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No More Tango Boo Boo May 14, 2015 at 6:52 pm

Funny shit coming from a soon to be inmate inside a correctional facility.

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Mike at the Beach May 14, 2015 at 11:15 pm

Do tell…

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Do Tell Indeed May 15, 2015 at 5:20 am

I think we’d all like to hear more about THAT …

Elmer strikes again! May 15, 2015 at 6:21 am

Hey Boz…GT is not the one that started deleting accounts/posts after word of this lawsuit was announced…

I think we all might want to hear more about THAT…runnin scared pussy?

Zed May 15, 2015 at 9:22 am

Post the info about how much money Kelley has REALLY collected, due to the absurd verdict in his ridiculous suit. Go ahead. SHOW us that the appeals process — which could take several years — is all done. That should be a simple task for self-proclaimed geniuses like you and GT. Have at it, bucko.

ricearoni May 15, 2015 at 9:39 am

Kelley will collect and where is your super slueth partner in libel..??At the Post covering PTA meetings?

FastEddy23 May 14, 2015 at 6:58 pm

When a lawyer asks about insurance, he is fishing for a fatter fee.

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guest May 14, 2015 at 8:51 pm

An Horry County jury ruled in favor of Myrtle Beach area lobbyist Mark Kelley against The Sun News and investigative reporter David Wren on claims Kelley was defamed in articles written in 2010 about campaign contributions made a year earlier.

The jury awarded $400,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages against the newspaper and Wren. The jury deliberated for more than four hours before reaching unanimous verdicts on the two types of damages.

Kelley filed the suit in May 2012 against Wren and The Sun Publishing Co., seeking actual damages to compensate for “his loss of and/or damage to his good name, his personal and business reputation,” according to the suit.

He declined to comment about the verdict after the trial.

“We are, of course, disappointed with the jury’s verdict and continue to stand by the reporting of David Wren and the journalistic ethics of The Sun News,” said Carolyn Callison Murray, editor and vice president of the newspaper. Attorneys will make post-trial arguments before the judge on Monday and the news organization will decide after that whether to appeal the ruling, she said.

The trial began Monday afternoon with opening statements and testimony, which often hinged on issues of grammar, and continued through Wednesday evening.

The judge ruled before testimony began that Kelley is a public figure, which meant the jury had to determine that actual malice was involved on the part of the reporter and newspaper.

The articles dealt with a June 2009 luncheon attended by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Dean, Kelley, then-S.C. gubernatorial candidate Gresham Barrett and a Barrett campaign staff member. At the luncheon, Dean presented Barrett with an envelope containing $84,000 in campaign donations, most of which were on sequentially numbered checks from LLCs (Limited Liability Corporations) drawn on the same bank.

Kelley said the wording of the articles, which appeared in May 2010, accused him of violating state ethics laws that prohibit lobbyists from soliciting or handling campaign donations for statewide candidates.

In his testimony Monday, Kelley said he was unaware that Dean planned to give Barrett the donations. Kelley said he would have attended the luncheon because of his friendship with Barrett, but knew that as a lobbyist he is not allowed to handle or distribute campaign funds.

“I want you to tell them [The Sun News] to quit taking their pen and using it as a sword and slashing the flesh of a reputation,” Kelley’s attorney, Jim Stevens, said during his closing statement Thursday morning.

Attorney Jay Bender, who represented Wren and the newspaper, reminded jurors in his closing remarks that Kelley’s witness, Ethics Commission deputy director and attorney Cathy Hazelwood, testified that an email forwarded April 25, 2010, from Kelley that included a solicitation for funds for Barrett was an ethics violation.

In her testimony, she also said Wren quoted her opinion correctly in his articles in which she said Kelley did not violate any rules by attending the luncheon.

Stevens told jurors that the FBI and IRS investigated the contributions and no arrests have been made or indictments issued in the case.

“I submit to you that the IRS and FBI are better investigators than David Wren,” Stevens said. “David Wren and The Sun News has a duty to report the truth, not lies or fabrications. Fact: David Wren’s articles were understood by the public. … And they understood it to accuse Mark Kelley of a crime.”

Bender told jurors that the newspaper and Wren had been reporting on a series of campaign contributions and were seeking to determine where the money, including that distributed at the luncheon, came from.

Kelley’s reputation was not harmed, Bender told the jury. He had kept his same job with the same clients and has since received a raise from Coastal Carolina University for his work as a lobbyist.

He asked jurors to read the articles in their entirety and they would see the accounts did not defame Kelley or his reputation.

“What’s the role of a newspaper in society? It’s to look into dark places,” Bender said. “We think sometimes people buy influence they are not entitled to.”

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article16666328.html#storylink=cpy

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Show us the report, smart guy May 15, 2015 at 5:19 am

Why do you not link to information about the current disposition of the case — meaning where is it now, in the appeal process?

Also, please show proof that TSN, Wren or McClatchy ever had to pay a penny.

We’re waiting.

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Toneski May 16, 2015 at 8:34 am

A lobbyist wouldn’t qualify as a public figure would he?

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Kevin May 15, 2015 at 7:22 am

Let me tell you what is really interesting in this affair. It is not Bingham or Folks. It is not the lawsuit. It is what you don’t see.

It is the organized, probably compensated, comments on this thread that represent the work of a couple of people that were prepared ahead of time. These comments are not important in and of themselves, but they show that insiders are paying to bash Bingham. People are not paid to look after the interest of “the people,” no, they are paid to keep elected officials away for something. They are paid to keep people way from sweetheart deals or corruption.

All this posted stuff is a ruse. It is a misdirection. The insiders want you to look here while they act “there.” I believe Bingham has been looking at, or become aware of something that people don’t want him to mess with. Those people are probably pushing him to file litigation against Folks at the same time they are running a campaign against him. These people, paying the money, are protecting something.

Find that “something” and you have hit the jackpot. Find that something and you will know the true story.

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thinkmore May 14, 2015 at 4:06 pm

Speaking of whitewashing whatever happened to our infamous chairman and him renting an antebellum house on the cheap, or whatever nefarious thing he was doing. I thought for sure he was next on the chopping block from the fed assisted investigation but not a peep in 6 months.

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easterndumbfuckistan May 14, 2015 at 4:07 pm

This posting has been up for 46 minutes and is at 74 comments. It’s going over 300 for sure and might go over 1000. What’s the FITSNEWS comment record anyway?

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 6:28 pm

Like being lost at sea….you are so thirsty…w/ all that water…but what happens when you drink it?…

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Guest May 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Lexington County
2015-CP-32-01764
Kenneth A Bingham v. William R Folks III and Fitsnews LLC
Bingham represented by John E Parker

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Looks like more than one complaint.

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FastEddy23 May 14, 2015 at 7:03 pm

More discovery?

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Go here and type in case number 2015-CP-32-01764 : http://cms.lex-co.com/

Hard to determine without complaint.

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Greenville Green May 14, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Bingham’s trolls are monitoring all post and taking screen shots. But who cares. Bing just slit his own throat is all. Dozens of lawyers around the state are saying Kenny is making a very bad judgment call that could cost him everything he owns.

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Dick May 14, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Shut up dumbs. “dozens of lawyers are saying”…dumb ass, you don’t know that. Damn, I hate cowardly trolls!

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:18 am

What are you doing on this site, then? And why don’t you give your full name? Your comment is trollish, and not revealing who you are in making makes you a coward. BAM!

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FastEddy23 May 14, 2015 at 7:14 pm

Just wondering whether the big cheese Bingham lawyer would bother with this other than to lend credibility … You guys in SC still have laws, rules re: Malicious Intent/Malicious Prosecution, yes?

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt May 14, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Hey Bingham…why don’t you lick Deeeeeeeeeez Nutz!!!!!

(Do you think the trolls will see this post)

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guest May 14, 2015 at 8:57 pm

Trolls apparently know you prefer children.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt May 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Lol…Kenny…is that you?

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:14 pm

What’d he do…hit too close to home…???

Greenville Green May 14, 2015 at 4:12 pm

I would subpoena every one of Bingham’s phone records from the last 5 years (both cell and land lines; business and private, and those of his wife’s and officer workers).

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TroubleBaby May 14, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Opened a little Pandora’s box for himself, didn’t he?

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Fitsnews Wins Huge Jury Award May 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm

He’s a sitting duck. Discovery will turn his the lives of he and entire family inside out while exposing all kinds of interesting things (*chuckles).

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TroubleBaby May 14, 2015 at 4:23 pm

It’s amazing to think about how often vanity reduces an otherwise intelligent person to stupidity.(and just because someone is intelligent, doesn’t mean they are a “good” person)

If Bingham has one trace of unethical behavior in his background, he just handed Will Folks and his attorney the key to his skeleton closet.

Unbelievable.

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Fitsnews Wins Huge Jury Award May 14, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Agree. It would have been better judgment to just leave fits alone. But then, in my opinion you can not rationalize with a narcissistic vindictive personality. I would not be surprised if Bingham has been on a non-stop defaming campaign against fitsnews. Amazing how easy it is these days for one to use the MP3 recording feature of their smartphones to unknowing records others who are a party to a conversation with them.

Ironical, ain't it? May 14, 2015 at 4:38 pm

GT and his playmate flippy/pogo (fc, currently) may have been agents of Bingham’s for years now. Something to think about …

fc/pogo May 14, 2015 at 9:07 pm

LMAO!!!! The day someone from Fits OR any other agency knocks on my door over something involving this site I will OWN you.

This will look like childs play.

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:16 am

Yeah you want the freedom to post any smear against anyone you choose on this site, but want to see others who also exercise their freedom of speech on it persecuted and totally ruined in a court of law. You sick bastard!

Squishy123 May 14, 2015 at 4:19 pm

One problem, you can subpoena them, but then you have to pay someone to get them for you. I keep hearing people talk about e-mails and FOIA, yet they fail to realize that some state agencies charge $75/hr. to pull the data which can take 2-3 hours per day requested. You want Wednesday’s messages, that’ll be $225, you want Thursdays messages, that’ll be another $225.

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utah May 14, 2015 at 4:21 pm

You can get them from the phone company, not a state agency. The cost to obtain records from a neutral 3rd party which doesn’t have anything to hide (and which isn’t going to bat for some random customer of theirs) won’t be anything excessive–certainly in line with what Will’s attorneys have seen before.

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Federal Digest May 14, 2015 at 4:27 pm

exactly …. getting them directly from the internet service provider and phone company is the norm. Refusing to obey a subpoena is not wise. They can bill the person demanding the records, but it is very unwise to hold back the commanded records until payment is made. In any event, all kinds of things can be exposed on the behind the iron curtain of Bingham. Its my opinion he will be stripped of everything, not to mention all the others in his little clique being exposed. The Dept of Justice needs to be monitoring everyone that is in his circle while this is going on.

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 4:31 pm

I wouldn’t take this case lightly. Rep. Bingham appears to have a very good Attorney retained. They must believe they have a case if the Attorney is filing the complaint.

Win, lose or draw, the outcome will likely be costly.

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Free willie now May 14, 2015 at 4:15 pm

“Free Willie” bumper stickers for sale. 5.00 each…send check to free willie at fitsnews!

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ISP Tracing In Process May 14, 2015 at 4:17 pm

GrandTango is suffering from intense periods of insanity.

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Torch May 14, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Intense years of insanity.

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shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 4:38 pm

— I’ll wait for his Bobble-Head Doll

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Greenville Green Survey May 14, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Should Kenny Bingham be audited by the IRS?

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MAE May 14, 2015 at 5:35 pm

On the same day they audit you, dumb ass.

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Bible Thumper May 14, 2015 at 4:25 pm

Here is a list of all of Fits and Will Folk’s friends in the South Carolina court system.
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Guest May 14, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Did you know your real name and home address will be uncovered by subpoenas? My my how foolish you are.

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Bible Thumper May 14, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Sorry, Will.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 4:47 pm

LMAO….and I know you’re just having some fun…with people are usually bashing those they hate…but your point is SIGNIFICANT…

To sit back and ruthlessly attack anyone not Democrat in SC – along w/ a band of blind and stupid demons……is VERY Stupid…when you are basing it on such Flimsy S#!t as FITS is basing it on…

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FastEddy23 May 14, 2015 at 7:10 pm

When this gets kicked around for a while, Will will have plenty of supporters. Depending on those “discovery” possibilities, one gang of “supporters” might have the initials FBI.

Isn’t the “complainer” (the whiner) under investigation still?

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 6:06 am

Yes.

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:12 am

Word on the street says yes.

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jurisdoc May 14, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Sorry, but unless there’s more than what was posted in the links, nobody (at least not Will) defamed Kenny Bingham. Reporting what others say (i.e. “the ethics complaint says Will is a jackass”) isn’t actionable unless it was repeated with explicit knowledge of it’s untruthfulness.

Maybe it’s a way to see if he can find out who some of the commenters are?? I’ve seen that done before. Wouldn’t we all like to meet Big T????

BTW, I think Will may have a suit against that Speight fellow. Pretty sure that blogpost accuses Will of extortion. That’s defamation per se, as it accuses him of a crime…..Give me a ring if you want to pursue that. I don’t particularly like you, but I do like $$$$$$.

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Timothy Lawrence from Irmo May 14, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Actually, I can’t see where obtaining any information on anyone commenting on the site is relavent. What’s that case assuming – you defamed me because you posted an article and then someone commented and through I was a jerk? You can’t sue The State for letters to the editor. And in the comments for each article, it was pretty much Grand Tango calling Wil and everyone else a Dumb@SS and spouting off about Gay Sex, and other people telling Grand Tango to shut-up. So I’ve to think this is a scare tactic.

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guest May 14, 2015 at 8:55 pm

An Horry County jury ruled in favor of Myrtle Beach area lobbyist Mark Kelley against The Sun News and investigative reporter David Wren on claims Kelley was defamed in articles written in 2010 about campaign contributions made a year earlier.

The jury awarded $400,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages against the newspaper and Wren. The jury deliberated for more than four hours before reaching unanimous verdicts on the two types of damages.

Kelley filed the suit in May 2012 against Wren and The Sun Publishing Co., seeking actual damages to compensate for “his loss of and/or damage to his good name, his personal and business reputation,” according to the suit.

He declined to comment about the verdict after the trial.

“We are, of course, disappointed with the jury’s verdict and continue to stand by the reporting of David Wren and the journalistic ethics of The Sun News,” said Carolyn Callison Murray, editor and vice president of the newspaper. Attorneys will make post-trial arguments before the judge on Monday and the news organization will decide after that whether to appeal the ruling, she said.

The trial began Monday afternoon with opening statements and testimony, which often hinged on issues of grammar, and continued through Wednesday evening.

The judge ruled before testimony began that Kelley is a public figure, which meant the jury had to determine that actual malice was involved on the part of the reporter and newspaper.

The articles dealt with a June 2009 luncheon attended by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Dean, Kelley, then-S.C. gubernatorial candidate Gresham Barrett and a Barrett campaign staff member. At the luncheon, Dean presented Barrett with an envelope containing $84,000 in campaign donations, most of which were on sequentially numbered checks from LLCs (Limited Liability Corporations) drawn on the same bank.

Kelley said the wording of the articles, which appeared in May 2010, accused him of violating state ethics laws that prohibit lobbyists from soliciting or handling campaign donations for statewide candidates.

In his testimony Monday, Kelley said he was unaware that Dean planned to give Barrett the donations. Kelley said he would have attended the luncheon because of his friendship with Barrett, but knew that as a lobbyist he is not allowed to handle or distribute campaign funds.

“I want you to tell them [The Sun News] to quit taking their pen and using it as a sword and slashing the flesh of a reputation,” Kelley’s attorney, Jim Stevens, said during his closing statement Thursday morning.

Attorney Jay Bender, who represented Wren and the newspaper, reminded jurors in his closing remarks that Kelley’s witness, Ethics Commission deputy director and attorney Cathy Hazelwood, testified that an email forwarded April 25, 2010, from Kelley that included a solicitation for funds for Barrett was an ethics violation.

In her testimony, she also said Wren quoted her opinion correctly in his articles in which she said Kelley did not violate any rules by attending the luncheon.

Stevens told jurors that the FBI and IRS investigated the contributions and no arrests have been made or indictments issued in the case.

“I submit to you that the IRS and FBI are better investigators than David Wren,” Stevens said. “David Wren and The Sun News has a duty to report the truth, not lies or fabrications. Fact: David Wren’s articles were understood by the public. … And they understood it to accuse Mark Kelley of a crime.”

Bender told jurors that the newspaper and Wren had been reporting on a series of campaign contributions and were seeking to determine where the money, including that distributed at the luncheon, came from.

Kelley’s reputation was not harmed, Bender told the jury. He had kept his same job with the same clients and has since received a raise from Coastal Carolina University for his work as a lobbyist.

He asked jurors to read the articles in their entirety and they would see the accounts did not defame Kelley or his reputation.

“What’s the role of a newspaper in society? It’s to look into dark places,” Bender said. “We think sometimes people buy influence they are not entitled to.”

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article16666328.html#storylink=cpy

ha ha!!!

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 5:39 am

Citation, please, on the current status of the appeal. NO money has changed hands. It will not. The appeal will succeed.

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John May 15, 2015 at 6:35 am

Boz are you in early at TSN today?Please come over and mow my yard.

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Rocky May 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm

So figure just getting started State Rep Bingham’s paying the attorney what, say $275 an hour, about 25 hours invested to date, another 185 hours to go before trail – so with paralegal costs, copy costs, filing costs, etc, about $75,000. (We won’t even estimate the trial costs). Now Wil, earning about 25-cents a click, is going to probably be on MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS and maybe even FOX (but hard to tell) – national shows – starting next week. That should earn him around 1 million clicks over a week. So about $250K. So if Wil wins, Kenny will be out $75K in legal fees, and Wil and the family will be vacationing in Puerto Rico.

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neighbor May 14, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Kenny sounds like he has anger issues. Freud believed the relationship with the mother was key. If a child experienced forceful feeding, deprivation or early weaning, the child was more likely to have aggression issues. Some therapy could be helpful.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Kenny sounds like a man trying to do his job…If he is not ANGRY at what idiots like you are doing…he’d be abnormal…

To sit back and attack good and decent people, like FITS does, because you’re a bitter @$$hole…has consequences…I’m thrilled Rep. Bingham is employing his rights to justice and the law…Godspeed, to the honorable representative…

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Jerry May 14, 2015 at 5:33 pm

You sound like a frustrated, impatient weasel. Quit trying to “lead” the audience with your assign statements.

Grow up, dumb ass.

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Bible Thumper May 14, 2015 at 4:49 pm

For all those interested, I’m setting up a “Go Fund It” account. See details below.
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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm

FITS Contributors list: (So far)

Ray Rice Foundation

SCDP

Brotherhood of the defunct Aircraft Union Workers

I Hate Myself and SC Self-Loathers

Boz Martin ‘Aliens Among Us’ Club

Dabo for Dumb@$$#$ Team

Little “Dick” ‘Pootlian Democrats Club

Monica Lewinsky “We are Thumbody” Federation

The Clinton “No Way Tire” Foundation

Assoc. for Appalachian Trail’ hikers

Speedo Corp.

Hon. Anthony Weiner

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Mr. Big D May 14, 2015 at 5:04 pm

What happened to your website? Why was it taken down? The server was only charging you $4.99 a month. Please explained what happened. Are you short on funds? Must suck to use the public library computers. Maybe you will get much needed financial ass-sistance?

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Desperate much???…LMAO…

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Squishy123 May 14, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Too ashamed to answer legitimate questions? LMAO

WelfareTango May 14, 2015 at 6:13 pm

I guess web companies don’t take EBT.

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Bible Thumper May 14, 2015 at 5:06 pm

I’m literally on the floor lMAO.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Feel free to expand the list….

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Bible Thumper May 14, 2015 at 5:16 pm

The Clinton Foundation accepts foreign contributions:
ISIS

BOKO HARAM

AL QAEDA

Chinese Coral Reef Restoration Fund

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 8:58 pm

You left out:

“Sharia-Liberals Kill Women for Getting Raped” FITS Defense League

LMAO…

They are BIG donors for Bill and Hill….Hahahaha

Squishy123 May 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm

GrandTango Go Fund Me Contributors:



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Jack May 14, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Actually, that would be every taxpayer in the USA.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 5:43 pm

As usual…an EMPTY Mind…LMAO…

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FITSNews Legal Defense May 14, 2015 at 6:12 pm

Biggest contributor? GrandTango and Pogo, for their trillions of daily clicks on FITSNews.

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shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Hey, that’s really clever, GT, especially for a guy who thinks his collection of bubble gum cards is part of the “Great Books” series!

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Glad you like it Shifty…and you know any viable humor has a ring of truth to it…

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Shaking My Head May 14, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Bingham is going to be hit from so many different angles, he could have a mental breakdown and do something much more stupider than this lawsuit; good attorney or not. Seem those like Bingham fall hard on their faces before while taking others down with them.

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Mitch May 14, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Bingham is not dumb. He knows what he is doing.

Will knows what he is doing.

Don’t act superior or trash them. You might want to watch and learn.

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Tired and Retired May 14, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Former Representative Bingham’s resignation says it all. “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

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The End May 14, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Yeah. He is in his last days as a public servant.

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Salty Doggerel May 14, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Oh the lamentations of Bingham!
Let’s gather, dear munchkins, and sing ’em.
Of the stories Folks “paints”
There are many complaints.
As for bells and for necks, why not ring ’em!

Sad for the verse of Ken’s song;
Flippant Fits has so rarely been wrong.
Like beauty, truth’s in the eyes,
We’ve all heard political lies,
And greed is exposed before long.

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William May 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Excellent

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easterndumbfuckistan May 14, 2015 at 5:29 pm

How high are the comments Mama? 152 and rising.

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T. Lawerence from Irmo May 14, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Quarter a click, let’s click Wil into Trumposphere.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm

That’ll pay FITS legal fees for about 10 seconds…LMAO….

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euwe max May 14, 2015 at 6:07 pm

How high are the commenters Mama?

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 6:48 pm

Just broke 200

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William May 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Excellent!

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Timmy Tebow May 14, 2015 at 5:37 pm

This is terrible! Bingham sues and wins, and then FITS gets shut down. Where will I get my tontobubba/GT/easterndumb/bible thump/EWE/shifty/jimlewis/rocky fix???

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G.O.B. May 14, 2015 at 5:38 pm

I hear GT’s got a blog!

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Bible Thumper May 14, 2015 at 5:42 pm

I have offered to take over during Will’s stay with Metts.

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Field Sobriety Test May 14, 2015 at 6:19 pm

I bet the officer could smell the alcohol on her breath even if she rode in the trunk.

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shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Thanks for including me in your , Timmy. Do as I do — when someone posts comments/links/info then I copy and past in a special file.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt May 14, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Awww….I didn’t make the list. Must try harder.

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SCBlues May 14, 2015 at 8:20 pm

“This is terrible! Bingham sues and wins, and then FITS gets shut down. Where will I get my tontobubba/GT/easterndumb/bible thump/EWE/shifty/jimlewis/rocky fix???”
Uh-uh. And FU for not including me in your Little List – I am effin devastated . . .
(I cleaned up my usual colorful language just a teeny-weeny bit just in case a screen shot of ME gets paraded around a Lexington County courtroom . . .)

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guest May 14, 2015 at 8:54 pm

An Horry County jury ruled in favor of Myrtle Beach area lobbyist Mark Kelley against The Sun News and investigative reporter David Wren on claims Kelley was defamed in articles written in 2010 about campaign contributions made a year earlier.

The jury awarded $400,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages against the newspaper and Wren. The jury deliberated for more than four hours before reaching unanimous verdicts on the two types of damages.

Kelley filed the suit in May 2012 against Wren and The Sun Publishing Co., seeking actual damages to compensate for “his loss of and/or damage to his good name, his personal and business reputation,” according to the suit.

He declined to comment about the verdict after the trial.

“We are, of course, disappointed with the jury’s verdict and continue to stand by the reporting of David Wren and the journalistic ethics of The Sun News,” said Carolyn Callison Murray, editor and vice president of the newspaper. Attorneys will make post-trial arguments before the judge on Monday and the news organization will decide after that whether to appeal the ruling, she said.

The trial began Monday afternoon with opening statements and testimony, which often hinged on issues of grammar, and continued through Wednesday evening.

The judge ruled before testimony began that Kelley is a public figure, which meant the jury had to determine that actual malice was involved on the part of the reporter and newspaper.

The articles dealt with a June 2009 luncheon attended by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Dean, Kelley, then-S.C. gubernatorial candidate Gresham Barrett and a Barrett campaign staff member. At the luncheon, Dean presented Barrett with an envelope containing $84,000 in campaign donations, most of which were on sequentially numbered checks from LLCs (Limited Liability Corporations) drawn on the same bank.

Kelley said the wording of the articles, which appeared in May 2010, accused him of violating state ethics laws that prohibit lobbyists from soliciting or handling campaign donations for statewide candidates.

In his testimony Monday, Kelley said he was unaware that Dean planned to give Barrett the donations. Kelley said he would have attended the luncheon because of his friendship with Barrett, but knew that as a lobbyist he is not allowed to handle or distribute campaign funds.

“I want you to tell them [The Sun News] to quit taking their pen and using it as a sword and slashing the flesh of a reputation,” Kelley’s attorney, Jim Stevens, said during his closing statement Thursday morning.

Attorney Jay Bender, who represented Wren and the newspaper, reminded jurors in his closing remarks that Kelley’s witness, Ethics Commission deputy director and attorney Cathy Hazelwood, testified that an email forwarded April 25, 2010, from Kelley that included a solicitation for funds for Barrett was an ethics violation.

In her testimony, she also said Wren quoted her opinion correctly in his articles in which she said Kelley did not violate any rules by attending the luncheon.

Stevens told jurors that the FBI and IRS investigated the contributions and no arrests have been made or indictments issued in the case.

“I submit to you that the IRS and FBI are better investigators than David Wren,” Stevens said. “David Wren and The Sun News has a duty to report the truth, not lies or fabrications. Fact: David Wren’s articles were understood by the public. … And they understood it to accuse Mark Kelley of a crime.”

Bender told jurors that the newspaper and Wren had been reporting on a series of campaign contributions and were seeking to determine where the money, including that distributed at the luncheon, came from.

Kelley’s reputation was not harmed, Bender told the jury. He had kept his same job with the same clients and has since received a raise from Coastal Carolina University for his work as a lobbyist.

He asked jurors to read the articles in their entirety and they would see the accounts did not defame Kelley or his reputation.

“What’s the role of a newspaper in society? It’s to look into dark places,” Bender said. “We think sometimes people buy influence they are not entitled to.”

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article16666328.html#storylink=cpy

Eat shit MOFO!!!

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 5:38 am

SHOW us the link to the page online proving that all is settled in that case. SHOW it or STFU. It is still under appeal.

It will not stand.

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guest May 15, 2015 at 6:33 am

Brought your poison over here and look what happened.I feel sorry for Fits…

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YKCOR May 14, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Hey everyone, Tango’s back, and it’s 5:45, so I guess we know what time he hits the Charcker Barrell at Lake Murray and I-26.

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euwe max May 14, 2015 at 6:05 pm

as facts multiply, Republican defenses become stronger to combat them.

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Basic Rules May 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm

I can’t tell. What meds are you one again?

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euwe max May 14, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Reality…. probably not available in your area.

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 10:08 am

Three are more than Republicans mixed up in this, as in all corruption in SC. The Dems are no means all saints.

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Buy Your Lawyer Awards May 14, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Knowing what I know about libel and slander cases, studies on the same, many hours spend shepardizing cases, memorandums of law, inter alia, I am willing to bet that Fitsnews comes out of this with a jury ruling in their favor; and, a counterclaim for damages (including punitive) and legal fees being awarded. The most damaging aspect to Bingham in this suit can be the subpoenas reaching out beyond to his clique. Surely those in the legislature realize this, do they not? Do they understand the possibility of being sucked up into all of this and their own records being subjected to discovery? After all, they have reportedly been very loud and vocal in public places about it. Will we be hearing stories of destroyed hard drives and lost emails, just to name a few things? Nonetheless, I chalk this up to a nuisance lawsuit in an attempt to save face – and as a means to intimidate for exercising the right to free speech. Hey?? Isn’t that a civil rights violation, to use the law to punish someone for doing what the law fully affords someone to do?

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Slim Shady May 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Convinced me !

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guest May 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm

An Horry County jury ruled in favor of Myrtle Beach area lobbyist Mark Kelley against The Sun News and investigative reporter David Wren on claims Kelley was defamed in articles written in 2010 about campaign contributions made a year earlier.

The jury awarded $400,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages against the newspaper and Wren. The jury deliberated for more than four hours before reaching unanimous verdicts on the two types of damages.

Kelley filed the suit in May 2012 against Wren and The Sun Publishing Co., seeking actual damages to compensate for “his loss of and/or damage to his good name, his personal and business reputation,” according to the suit.

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article16666328.html#storylink=cpy

say what?

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 10:06 am

Cite the opinion that has finally awarded money to Kelley, ending the appeals process. It is non-existent, at this point in time.

You are just playing BOOGA-BOOGA, pogo.

How long have you been working for Bingham?

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Can you give me the details of your record as an attorney – juxtaposed to Johnny Parker’s???

Aside from that, you are going on very little knowledge..and that makes you sound like an idiot…trying the case in your biased and prejudiced mind…

Clue: It ain’t going to be settled by your Dumb@$$ post…Ever hear of something called a “COURT”….

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big bob May 14, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Ken Ken seems like he has some anger issues. Stay off the Vitalis, Kenny !

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FastEddy23 May 14, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Looks like you’ve got plenty of free legal advise. Worth almost what you have paid for it, so far.

“One can’t be sued for libel and lose, as long as one has been telling the truth.” – Allen King, comedian, after successfully defending against American Airlines and collection multiple millions. … They had lost his luggage.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:21 pm

VERY true about all the free legal advice..

And this FITS defense is coming from a lot of dolts who were sure Thomas Ravenel was going to put Brad Hutto into the US senate, because FITS told them so…They thought Tom Ervin was a Republican, and would catapult Sheheen into the Gov’s mansion…because FITS said it…

That said: Notice FITS is being sued for SLANDER…what was said on the phone????

You can one-way record in SC, legally..and Charlie Speight revealed that he has set-up FITS via e-mail…As reckless – and full of himself and inexperienced, as FITS is – I don’t think it would be very difficult to dupe him…into committing an egregious offense…

That may be where the meat of the case is…

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 6:05 am

The “meat” of the case is in your hands. And you are beating it, constantly.

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GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 6:34 am

Pi$$#d Much???…You should be…LMAO…

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Just Sayin' May 14, 2015 at 6:57 pm

Don’t know what he sued Folks for writing, but who ever wrote this piece has Johnny Parker figured wrong. Hampton is not known as a “judicial hell hole” because of so called “frivolous lawsuits,” but because of giant verdicts against big defendants. In Lexington County, it will be more of a fair fight – while Parker almost never loses a home game, Lexington is a conservative jurisdiction. But folks there may not think too much of Folks – the guy who messed with grown up Little Miss Bamberg and who took down Old Knocky. My money is on Parker. Better strap it on, Will, and lube up, cause you are going to get a rectal exam with the gloves off, and Parker has some big fingers.

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Parker Wears Depends May 14, 2015 at 7:02 pm

You’re full of shit. NEXT!!!

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 7:05 pm

High profile cases on their site. Sample:

“The firm represented the Murphys in a defamation action against Jefferson Pilot Communications and its news director, Donald Feldman, for defamatory remarks made by Donald M. Feldman. The trial judge directed a verdict for Jefferson Pilot Communications at the end of trial finding Donald Feldman was not acting as an agent of Jefferson Pilot Communications at the time he made the defamatory remarks. The jury returned a $9,000,000.00 verdict against Donald Feldman. On appeal, the Court of Appeals held the Murphys presented sufficient evidence of agency to make it an issue to be determined by the jury. In a second trial, the jury returned a verdict of $4,250,000.00 against Jefferson Pilot Communications.”

http://www.pmped.com/results/

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Parker Wears Depends May 14, 2015 at 7:16 pm

So what. Bingham is a public servant using campaign funds to retain an attorney. Check your law. Beside, I have no interest in Parker’s website promoting himself.

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 7:18 pm

I just checked his campaign funds. Seems attorneys are funding him, source below:

Lawyers & Lobbyists$3,950.00
http://votesmart.org/candidate/campaign-finance/47937/kenneth-bingham#.VVUoldOrRbU

Speak Now Or .... May 14, 2015 at 7:23 pm

In the matter of Bingdam’s lawyers ….. Is there something you wish to say that you are afraid to say because the FBI could be monitoring all communications relevant to Bingdam and is circle of cronies? Hey! Smartphones are being used as hot mics in many DOJ undercover operations. And even if the owner of said phone turns it off. Imagine that! Oh, and did you know electronic bugging devices can easily be planted that now use cell phone towers to transmit the signals?

Garbage May 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Nothing left for me to say. Best of luck to Will Folks!

Parker Wears Depends May 14, 2015 at 7:19 pm

And point out what exactly violates SC’s Libel and Slander law concerning Bingdam, if you can (which I highly doubt).

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 8:55 pm

Ahhh…But Bingham has ALL interest in FITS’ website promoting himself…and therein lies the rub…. (;

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 9:05 am

Will does not use public funds. It’s really nobody’s business where he gets his money. Will is not a “public servant.” Bingham IS a public servant, therefore it’s everyone’s business who pays taxes in the state of SC. Including tourists and persons visiting for other reasons, or working here temporarily. All pay some form of taxes in SC. So all are stakeholders with a right to know how Bingham is paying his lawyer.

That’s the difference. If you’re too thick to see it, it’s nobody’s problem but your own.

GrandTango May 16, 2015 at 9:16 am

None of what you are pleading gives FITS the right to maliciously lie, and defame another man, based on his hate, greed and self-loathing.

Thank God there are laws against that. And Thank God Rep. Bingham is exercising his rights. We should all stand and cheer for Rep. Bingham . He is the GOOD guy…you – and FITS – are a threat to freedom, and justice. You are bad for South Carolina. You are a disgrace to society.

Bible Thumper May 15, 2015 at 3:38 am

Just found your post. I posted a similar comment. Parker is no lightweight.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Correction: Lying about Haley will not help FITS…it may even be a case of guilt by proxy…

As for Jake Knotts..he took himself down…FITS and he are VERY much alike politically (cozy w/ Democrats) ….FITS attacked Kartina until it looked like Jakie was dead in the water…then he jumped on board…

I agree about the rectal…FITS got really lazy, because he’d gotten away w/ so much for so long……and the trap just closed on his Stupid @$$….

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Be True 2 Yourself May 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Bingham is one ugly looking mofo. Reminds me of that creature in Predator. And did anyone notice that all of his shirts have bubbles in them? I mean, is he pregnant or something? How many times has he cheated on his husband, I mean “wife”?

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 7:11 pm

But he cannot be sued because you – and FITS – don’t like the way he looks…But if you lie about him, knowingly and maliciously trying to damage his reputation…your @$$ gets sued…

No charge for the less in reality……LMAO…

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Where do you see anyone lied about him and maliciously tried to damage his reputation? I’ve read every article on this site. Don’t see it. Unless it was a personal conversation that may have been recorded.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 7:16 pm

There is a SLANDER component to it. And Charlie Speight revealed he has set up FITS…you don’t think anyone else has???…

You must have been born yesterday…

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YADA May 14, 2015 at 7:36 pm

You want Charlie’s home address?

Watching The BS May 17, 2015 at 11:11 am

Thank you for this wonderful post. Perhaps It will be used against you and Speight at a later date?

randTango Guest • 3 days ago

There is a SLANDER component to it. And Charlie Speight revealed he has set up FITS…you don’t think anyone else has???…

You must have been born yesterday…

Tango The Defendant May 14, 2015 at 7:33 pm

I have decided to file a federal action against you for cyber harassment, stalking, hacking, DOS attacks, and child support.

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Tango The Defendant May 14, 2015 at 7:35 pm

Who cares. I don’t. I am suing you anyway. And just wait to see what cometh for Bingdam. Its will cause the people of South Carolina and applaud while singing “another one bites the dust.”

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Vapid idiot much???

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Ned May 14, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Bitchy internet toll. Bet you are sissy asshole in person.

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turnip time May 14, 2015 at 7:14 pm

Not sure if anyone’s mentioned it yet, but Will’s probably judgment proof anyway (or easily could be). And that’s not to say he’s broke, because you can be pretty darn well off and judgment proof. So go ahead Will, lease that Maserati you always wanted (after fully funding you and your wife’s retirement accounts). Cheers

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Readers Want to KNow May 14, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Be sure to ask Will in discovery if he has ever been paid or given / promised anything of value (including inside information) to post article favorable / negative about any public figure or private individual.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt May 14, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Oh Snap!!! It’s on like Donkey Kong.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 7:23 pm

Don’t you mean Johnny Parker just snapped on the Donkey…and you and FITS finta’ get bent and REAMED….LMAO….Hahahahaha…

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt May 14, 2015 at 7:25 pm

The gay curious is strong with this one.

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Oh, he's more than curious May 14, 2015 at 8:47 pm

Curious? He is too experienced to just be curious.

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Be True 2 Yourself May 14, 2015 at 7:25 pm

12 months of discovery time better be allowed. Of course, can tie this action up for 4 years will tons of motions. HAHAHAHHHAHHAA!

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Be True 2 Yourself May 14, 2015 at 7:26 pm

Motion to Remove Plaintiff’s Council. Motion to Disqualify. Motion to Compel Production of Documents and Things …..

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Be True 2 Yourself May 14, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Has Bingdam ever taken anger management classes?

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Ned May 14, 2015 at 8:03 pm

He doesn’t need that. You need an infusion of honor and intercity, you internet troll.

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Be True 2 Yourself May 14, 2015 at 7:42 pm

WorkingTommyC 4 years ago
Bingham had to be chastised by members of the audience?

Apparently Bingham is a spoiled child who doesn’t have to live up to the adult standards the rest of strive for. His behavior was completely uncalled for. I usually vote GOP but I would not vote for someone displaying that sort of arrogance. His vicious display makes him the poster boy (and I do mean boy) for term limits.

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Ned May 14, 2015 at 8:02 pm

You are a bitch with a hard on for Bingham. Crawl back under your rock.

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*Yawns* May 14, 2015 at 8:07 pm

Seems to me, after the talk tonight at dinner, there are several lawsuits in the works AGAINST Bingham. Guess the people of South Carolina are wanting him gone, you reckon?

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ned May 14, 2015 at 8:08 pm

bitch bitch bitch. Internet troll hating on Bingham. Tells us more about u than Bingham.
Dumb ass bitch troll

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*Yawns* May 14, 2015 at 8:11 pm

My my you are so angry! Troll? Nothing could be further from the truth. But we can subpoena this website’s records and acquire your isp, then subpoena all of your internet records and emails. So you want to call me a troll? You’re just a little boy sent here by Bingham. You might be answering to something server upon you in the near future, chump.

ned May 14, 2015 at 8:36 pm

Pussy bitch hiding behind a fake name. limo dick little bastard
Screw Bingham, I dont hare. But I have a slimy asshole posting on the internet trying to ruin someone. Bitch ass coward

Tube Watcher May 14, 2015 at 8:42 pm

The video is interesting, watching him go postal.

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shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm

He shows himself up as a strange dude.

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shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 8:09 pm

Excitement Galore ——” hombre a hombre”..!!

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Never a dull moment for sure.

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shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 8:12 pm

I’m stocking up on my party goodies: booze, popnuts, and peacorn…..

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 8:56 pm

I shouldn’t have stayed up so late last night. Fading fast tonight. Early day tomorrow, but it will be 5 o’clock somewhere in the world. Booze, popcorn and peanuts for breakfast anyone?

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guest May 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm

An Horry County jury ruled in favor of Myrtle Beach area lobbyist Mark Kelley against The Sun News and investigative reporter David Wren on claims Kelley was defamed in articles written in 2010 about campaign contributions made a year earlier.

The jury awarded $400,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages against the newspaper and Wren. The jury deliberated for more than four hours before reaching unanimous verdicts on the two types of damages.

Kelley filed the suit in May 2012 against Wren and The Sun Publishing Co., seeking actual damages to compensate for “his loss of and/or damage to his good name, his personal and business reputation,” according to the suit.

He declined to comment about the verdict after the trial.

“We are, of course, disappointed with the jury’s verdict and continue to stand by the reporting of David Wren and the journalistic ethics of The Sun News,” said Carolyn Callison Murray, editor and vice president of the newspaper. Attorneys will make post-trial arguments before the judge on Monday and the news organization will decide after that whether to appeal the ruling, she said.

The trial began Monday afternoon with opening statements and testimony, which often hinged on issues of grammar, and continued through Wednesday evening.

The judge ruled before testimony began that Kelley is a public figure, which meant the jury had to determine that actual malice was involved on the part of the reporter and newspaper.

The articles dealt with a June 2009 luncheon attended by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Dean, Kelley, then-S.C. gubernatorial candidate Gresham Barrett and a Barrett campaign staff member. At the luncheon, Dean presented Barrett with an envelope containing $84,000 in campaign donations, most of which were on sequentially numbered checks from LLCs (Limited Liability Corporations) drawn on the same bank.

Kelley said the wording of the articles, which appeared in May 2010, accused him of violating state ethics laws that prohibit lobbyists from soliciting or handling campaign donations for statewide candidates.

In his testimony Monday, Kelley said he was unaware that Dean planned to give Barrett the donations. Kelley said he would have attended the luncheon because of his friendship with Barrett, but knew that as a lobbyist he is not allowed to handle or distribute campaign funds.

“I want you to tell them [The Sun News] to quit taking their pen and using it as a sword and slashing the flesh of a reputation,” Kelley’s attorney, Jim Stevens, said during his closing statement Thursday morning.

Attorney Jay Bender, who represented Wren and the newspaper, reminded jurors in his closing remarks that Kelley’s witness, Ethics Commission deputy director and attorney Cathy Hazelwood, testified that an email forwarded April 25, 2010, from Kelley that included a solicitation for funds for Barrett was an ethics violation.

In her testimony, she also said Wren quoted her opinion correctly in his articles in which she said Kelley did not violate any rules by attending the luncheon.

Stevens told jurors that the FBI and IRS investigated the contributions and no arrests have been made or indictments issued in the case.

“I submit to you that the IRS and FBI are better investigators than David Wren,” Stevens said. “David Wren and The Sun News has a duty to report the truth, not lies or fabrications. Fact: David Wren’s articles were understood by the public. … And they understood it to accuse Mark Kelley of a crime.”

Bender told jurors that the newspaper and Wren had been reporting on a series of campaign contributions and were seeking to determine where the money, including that distributed at the luncheon, came from.

Kelley’s reputation was not harmed, Bender told the jury. He had kept his same job with the same clients and has since received a raise from Coastal Carolina University for his work as a lobbyist.

He asked jurors to read the articles in their entirety and they would see the accounts did not defame Kelley or his reputation.

“What’s the role of a newspaper in society? It’s to look into dark places,” Bender said. “We think sometimes people buy influence they are not entitled to.”

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article16666328.html#storylink=cpy

Yes indeed!

Zed May 15, 2015 at 6:03 am

CITE the opinion giving a final ending to the appeal process on that case.

PROVE that any of the defendants have had to pay Kelly a dime.

We’re still waiting.

You scare tactics will not work if you continue to be dishonest by not telling the whole truth.

Who Is Your Daddy Now? May 14, 2015 at 8:13 pm

Bingham’s Cronies are Monitoring the comments. But guess what, their real names will be uncovered in due time —- *winks*

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shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 8:20 pm

(The TRUE SHIFTY HENRY) — Hey, what’s going on here? I check in on Fitsnews and discover that someone hijacked my moniker? Folks, I’ve been in a coma for the past seven months!

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SCBlues May 14, 2015 at 8:21 pm

LOL

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SCBlues May 14, 2015 at 8:27 pm

” Folks, I’ve been in a coma for the past seven months!”
Shhh! Don’t tell the Republicans they’ll be calling special sessions of Congress to “save you” . . . .

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shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Actually, at the moment I have bigger worries on my mind. I’m not busy or important enough to take advantage of all the features on my smartphone.

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euwe max May 15, 2015 at 3:42 am

Too bad he came out of it.. they might have run him for President.

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Bible Thumper May 15, 2015 at 3:46 am

Let’s remove the feeding tubes.

Bible Thumper May 15, 2015 at 4:05 am

euwe, l’ve been thinking. Drones are ruining war. It’s like the space program. We don’t send man beyond Earth orbit soon and we lost all interest in space. The same is true with drones. If we continue to rely on drones the American people will lose interest in war.

SCBlues May 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

So sad but so true! I love you euwe max!

shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 8:44 pm

“Bingham’s Cronies are Monitoring the comments” — The comments should exceed a thousand before midnight tonight (I hope). Otherwise I’ll dig up some stories from my archives that will make them laugh so hard they’ll forgive Will (I hope).

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shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 8:54 pm

This is just a rumor that is repeated by all of my family members. My grandpa said that apparently at birth I turned around and looked over my shoulder as I came out of the womb. I was paranoid. I thought maybe someone was following me.

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shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 8:13 pm

Just a reminder that I’ve been saying it here: Bring back dueling!

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Cheaper & Final.

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euwe max May 15, 2015 at 5:58 pm

Take up serpents and drink poison!

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easterndumbfuckistan May 14, 2015 at 8:14 pm

It’s over 250!!

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Garbage May 14, 2015 at 9:26 pm

Over 320 and still going strong.

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take the trash out May 14, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Thought you went to bed, Garbage.Oh,that was 2 hours ago.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:28 pm

OK…guys we 6 hours of non-stop posting, we have paid for 30 seconds of FITS’ defense…LMAO…Give yourselves a pat on the back…

At this rate,- if we keep steady… we’ll be able to cover FITS legal bills in the year 2525…LMAO…

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fc May 14, 2015 at 9:29 pm

I personally ‘click’ on this site 1,000 times a day. This is actually a slow night. :)

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I Know Your Real Name May 14, 2015 at 9:31 pm

Hey Sperm Lips. You want me to purchase the website domain you were terminated from? What about your internet service provider, should I ask them not to terminate your account for violations of their TOS?

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fc May 14, 2015 at 9:32 pm

hahahahaahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahaha.

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:37 pm

Is that you, Karl???..

Karl May 14, 2015 at 10:55 pm

no i’m right here. i have better things to do than post and lurk on here all day. i have a career with a shit ton of employees that depend on me to get meals on their tables.

GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 5:19 am

If you’re still working for FITS, you can thank me for feeding you…LMAO…Without me and the fact that I come on here – your relevance would be about half of what it is…

Karl May 15, 2015 at 10:46 am

I own 13 companies.

Rocky May 15, 2015 at 11:07 am

Karl, don’t argue with drunks and Tango. It’s just a waste of your time. God I can’t believe you all are still ranting on this topic. Given the slow pace of the legal system, you keep this up you’ll use all the oxygen in the world before this ever has it’s first hearing.

GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 11:24 am

Then you must be pretty Da#n stupid for lying about Kenny Bingham…because he’s getting ready to take everything you have. LMAO….Dumb@$$….

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 8:58 am

Point out the lie, fool. There is none.

GrandTango May 16, 2015 at 9:01 am

Folks, via his website FITSNews, willfully and repeatedly published “false and defamatory” statements about Rep. Bingham and knew they were false upon publication.

The statements Folks published quoted “sources” that Bingham, Chairman of the South Carolina House of Representatives Ethics Committee and frontrunner to become Speaker, was the subject of an ethics complaint. The suit contends Folks knew there was no such complaint but continued to publish stories to the contrary.

Further, according to the suit, some of the FITSNews posts “falsely accuses Mr. Bingham of a crime and being unfit in his business” and “falsely [implies] that the plaintiff engaged in unethical conduct.”

In the suit, seven incidents are cited in which Will Folks/FITNews:

…falsely accuse the plaintiff of ethics violations and some of the statements falsely accuse the plaintiff of being corrupt, unethical and guilty of criminal conduct.

Even though the defendants learned these statements were false they continued with malice to falsely publish the false statements.

LINK: http://thewatchlog.com/2015/05/14/kenny-bingham-brings-it-on/

Watching the BS May 17, 2015 at 11:02 am

Of course you are bitter and jealous. Your net worth and educational level is undoubtedly a mere pittance compared to Karl’s.

Garbage May 15, 2015 at 10:18 am

Karl, you don’t know me, but if I were FITSnews, I think I would strongly consider banning GrandTango. It’s time to clean up the page.

Karl May 15, 2015 at 10:45 am

We don’t ban anyone it goes against what we are about.

Garbage May 15, 2015 at 10:53 am

Unfortunate. Thanks for the reply.

Your Next Door Neighbor May 14, 2015 at 8:18 pm

OH WOW!!!! KENNY BINGHAM HIMSELF HAS VISITED THIS WRITE UP! Everyone say hello to Bingham, please!

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shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 8:21 pm

howdy!

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SCBlues May 14, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Shouldn’t that be “howdy do”?

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shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 8:24 pm

howdy do dat?

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easterndumbfuckistan May 14, 2015 at 8:55 pm

May I have your attention please?
May I have your attention please?
Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
I repeat, will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
We’re gonna have a problem here..

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Slim Shady May 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Standing up. Who is paying you ?

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Everybody Is Laughing At KB May 14, 2015 at 9:02 pm

Hi Kenny. Are you going to throw your bitter angry self on the statehouse floor, kicking your feet, screaming and pounding both fist on the floor?

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:11 pm

I think he’s doing his talking through the justice system….Dumb@$$….LMAO…

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 5:16 am

You mean Just His System.

Passing it through his lower intestine, even as we speak.

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GrandTango May 16, 2015 at 6:40 am

Fortunately, the court does not recognize your ignorance-based appraisal of the suit.

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 7:40 am

Ignorance is your province. You thrive on it. You and your ignorance have no legal standing. FTTTT!

GrandTango May 16, 2015 at 8:00 am

Your vapid offering may play well w/ the Dumb@$$#$ – of equal intelligence – down at the coffee house. But you look stupid to me.

And it has the fingerprints of one of the many name-changers on here, who switch, because they’ve been outed as idiots, in another post. You are legion.

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 10:50 am

You accusing me of being like pogo, simp?

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 5:15 am

Kenny Ka-Boom!

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Probably getting more Evidence…LMAO…

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Your Next Door Neighbor May 14, 2015 at 8:23 pm

One of the most important symptoms of pathological narcissism (the Narcissistic Personality

Disorder) is grandiosity. Grandiose fantasies (megalomaniac delusions of

grandeur) permeate every aspect of the narcissist’s personality. They are the reason

that the narcissist feels entitled to special treatment which is typically incommensurate

with his real accomplishments. The Grandiosity Gap is the abyss between the narcissist’s

self-image (as reified by his False Self) and reality.

When Narcissistic Supply is deficient, the narcissist de-compensates and acts out in a

variety of ways. Narcissists often experience psychotic micro-episodes during therapy

and when they suffer narcissistic injuries in a life crisis. But can the narcissist “go

over the edge”? Do narcissists ever become psychotic? Do they file lawsuits in an attempt to save face?

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SCBlues May 14, 2015 at 8:25 pm

This is too deep for me . . . . I stopped reading when you mentioned GrandTango’s fantasies . . .

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guest May 14, 2015 at 8:59 pm

An Horry County jury ruled in favor of Myrtle Beach area lobbyist Mark Kelley against The Sun News and investigative reporter David Wren on claims Kelley was defamed in articles written in 2010 about campaign contributions made a year earlier.

The jury awarded $400,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages against the newspaper and Wren. The jury deliberated for more than four hours before reaching unanimous verdicts on the two types of damages.

Kelley filed the suit in May 2012 against Wren and The Sun Publishing Co., seeking actual damages to compensate for “his loss of and/or damage to his good name, his personal and business reputation,” according to the suit.

He declined to comment about the verdict after the trial.

“We are, of course, disappointed with the jury’s verdict and continue to stand by the reporting of David Wren and the journalistic ethics of The Sun News,” said Carolyn Callison Murray, editor and vice president of the newspaper. Attorneys will make post-trial arguments before the judge on Monday and the news organization will decide after that whether to appeal the ruling, she said.

The trial began Monday afternoon with opening statements and testimony, which often hinged on issues of grammar, and continued through Wednesday evening.

The judge ruled before testimony began that Kelley is a public figure, which meant the jury had to determine that actual malice was involved on the part of the reporter and newspaper.

The articles dealt with a June 2009 luncheon attended by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Dean, Kelley, then-S.C. gubernatorial candidate Gresham Barrett and a Barrett campaign staff member. At the luncheon, Dean presented Barrett with an envelope containing $84,000 in campaign donations, most of which were on sequentially numbered checks from LLCs (Limited Liability Corporations) drawn on the same bank.

Kelley said the wording of the articles, which appeared in May 2010, accused him of violating state ethics laws that prohibit lobbyists from soliciting or handling campaign donations for statewide candidates.

In his testimony Monday, Kelley said he was unaware that Dean planned to give Barrett the donations. Kelley said he would have attended the luncheon because of his friendship with Barrett, but knew that as a lobbyist he is not allowed to handle or distribute campaign funds.

“I want you to tell them [The Sun News] to quit taking their pen and using it as a sword and slashing the flesh of a reputation,” Kelley’s attorney, Jim Stevens, said during his closing statement Thursday morning.

Attorney Jay Bender, who represented Wren and the newspaper, reminded jurors in his closing remarks that Kelley’s witness, Ethics Commission deputy director and attorney Cathy Hazelwood, testified that an email forwarded April 25, 2010, from Kelley that included a solicitation for funds for Barrett was an ethics violation.

In her testimony, she also said Wren quoted her opinion correctly in his articles in which she said Kelley did not violate any rules by attending the luncheon.

Stevens told jurors that the FBI and IRS investigated the contributions and no arrests have been made or indictments issued in the case.

“I submit to you that the IRS and FBI are better investigators than David Wren,” Stevens said. “David Wren and The Sun News has a duty to report the truth, not lies or fabrications. Fact: David Wren’s articles were understood by the public. … And they understood it to accuse Mark Kelley of a crime.”

Bender told jurors that the newspaper and Wren had been reporting on a series of campaign contributions and were seeking to determine where the money, including that distributed at the luncheon, came from.

Kelley’s reputation was not harmed, Bender told the jury. He had kept his same job with the same clients and has since received a raise from Coastal Carolina University for his work as a lobbyist.

He asked jurors to read the articles in their entirety and they would see the accounts did not defame Kelley or his reputation.

“What’s the role of a newspaper in society? It’s to look into dark places,” Bender said. “We think sometimes people buy influence they are not entitled to.”

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article16666328.html#storylink=cpy

Good questions…but what the fuck does this have to do with libel and slander?

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

Kindly post a link to the judicial opinion, on Justia, or Findlaw, or via Nexus/Lexus search, that shows the actual current disposition of the case.

Has the appeals process been exhausted, thus forcing payment from the defendants? Cite it, fool, if you can find it — or STFU.

And don’t resort to that BS of posing a link about an unrelated case in Canada, involving “Sun Media.” You’re busted bigtime on that one!

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guest May 15, 2015 at 6:39 am

By attaching yourself to Fits,with your reputation BOZ, you are only hurting Fits.

Just my opinion.

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 9:43 am

Can’t find that all-important legal decision on the appeal(s), can you?

Obviously not. No such thing exists. Until it does all your blather about the verdict and its meaning does not amount to a popcorn fart in a hurricane.

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 5:14 am

One-trick pony. And it’s a stupid trick.

?? Concrete Samuria ?? May 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA In The Supreme Court In the Matter of Benjamin C. Wofford … The Court has disbarred attorneys for similar instances ……… PER CURIAM: In this attorney disciplinary matter, a full panel of the Commission on Lawyer Conduct recommended respondent be disbarred. …….. FBI — Disbarred Lawyer Sentenced to Federal Prison. COLUMBIA, SC—United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated that John Mark Marino, formerly known as Ronald Mark Hunter …… THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA In The Supreme Court. In the Matter of Oliver W. Johnson, III Respondent. Opinion … (Panel) recommended that Respondent be disbarred. …… Charleston attorney was disbarred, accused of pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars …….Disbarred SC lawyer pleads guilty identity theft charges …. SC reinstates lawyer disbarred for polygamy…… A local lawyer who pleaded guilty to 11 misdemeanors related to smuggling contraband into the Richmond County jail has been disbarred from practicing law …..

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shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 8:47 pm

— ???

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 8:52 pm

I think the liberals are now turning on the Trial Lawyers, because one is coming after liberal-friendly FITS…

They are eating each other alive…and it’s a beautiful sight…a pre-cursor to the 2016 Hillary Sweepstakes…or who can take it away from the Queen…

It will be BLOODY, for sure…Can’t wait… (:

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shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 8:56 pm

Definitely something to think about.

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?? Concrete Samuria ?? May 14, 2015 at 8:56 pm

Dangerous times for corrupt lawmakers who accept shadowy campaign contributions and use campaign money in illegal ways. Extortion. Soliciting bribes in connection with federal programs. Fraud. Corrupt lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are polluting our government.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm

PLEASE STOP…I’ve already F*#ked up enough…..this ain’t no fun any more…

Signed: FITS

LMAO…

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Buz May 14, 2015 at 9:35 pm

If you’re gonna be a smartass, first you have to be smart. Otherwise you’re just an ass.

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 6:17 am

Not posted by the real Buz, but true, nonetheless.

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guest May 14, 2015 at 9:02 pm

An Horry County jury ruled in favor of Myrtle Beach area lobbyist Mark Kelley against The Sun News and investigative reporter David Wren on claims Kelley was defamed in articles written in 2010 about campaign contributions made a year earlier.

The jury awarded $400,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages against the newspaper and Wren. The jury deliberated for more than four hours before reaching unanimous verdicts on the two types of damages.

Kelley filed the suit in May 2012 against Wren and The Sun Publishing Co., seeking actual damages to compensate for “his loss of and/or damage to his good name, his personal and business reputation,” according to the suit.

He declined to comment about the verdict after the trial.

“We are, of course, disappointed with the jury’s verdict and continue to stand by the reporting of David Wren and the journalistic ethics of The Sun News,” said Carolyn Callison Murray, editor and vice president of the newspaper. Attorneys will make post-trial arguments before the judge on Monday and the news organization will decide after that whether to appeal the ruling, she said.

The trial began Monday afternoon with opening statements and testimony, which often hinged on issues of grammar, and continued through Wednesday evening.

The judge ruled before testimony began that Kelley is a public figure, which meant the jury had to determine that actual malice was involved on the part of the reporter and newspaper.

The articles dealt with a June 2009 luncheon attended by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Dean, Kelley, then-S.C. gubernatorial candidate Gresham Barrett and a Barrett campaign staff member. At the luncheon, Dean presented Barrett with an envelope containing $84,000 in campaign donations, most of which were on sequentially numbered checks from LLCs (Limited Liability Corporations) drawn on the same bank.

Kelley said the wording of the articles, which appeared in May 2010, accused him of violating state ethics laws that prohibit lobbyists from soliciting or handling campaign donations for statewide candidates.

In his testimony Monday, Kelley said he was unaware that Dean planned to give Barrett the donations. Kelley said he would have attended the luncheon because of his friendship with Barrett, but knew that as a lobbyist he is not allowed to handle or distribute campaign funds.

“I want you to tell them [The Sun News] to quit taking their pen and using it as a sword and slashing the flesh of a reputation,” Kelley’s attorney, Jim Stevens, said during his closing statement Thursday morning.

Attorney Jay Bender, who represented Wren and the newspaper, reminded jurors in his closing remarks that Kelley’s witness, Ethics Commission deputy director and attorney Cathy Hazelwood, testified that an email forwarded April 25, 2010, from Kelley that included a solicitation for funds for Barrett was an ethics violation.

In her testimony, she also said Wren quoted her opinion correctly in his articles in which she said Kelley did not violate any rules by attending the luncheon.

Stevens told jurors that the FBI and IRS investigated the contributions and no arrests have been made or indictments issued in the case.

“I submit to you that the IRS and FBI are better investigators than David Wren,” Stevens said. “David Wren and The Sun News has a duty to report the truth, not lies or fabrications. Fact: David Wren’s articles were understood by the public. … And they understood it to accuse Mark Kelley of a crime.”

Bender told jurors that the newspaper and Wren had been reporting on a series of campaign contributions and were seeking to determine where the money, including that distributed at the luncheon, came from.

Kelley’s reputation was not harmed, Bender told the jury. He had kept his same job with the same clients and has since received a raise from Coastal Carolina University for his work as a lobbyist.

He asked jurors to read the articles in their entirety and they would see the accounts did not defame Kelley or his reputation.

“What’s the role of a newspaper in society? It’s to look into dark places,” Bender said. “We think sometimes people buy influence they are not entitled to.”

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article16666328.html#storylink=cpy

Sayonara dumbass!

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LQQK @ The Idiots May 14, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Who cares. That case does not have much significance in this one. Apparently, you are ignoring the facts and the body of Bingham’s complaint. When you read the same, then come back and try again. A counterclaim and discovery will destroy what is left of Bingham.

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GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Naw…nothing is relevant, is it? You say the suit against FITS has no chance…and that makes it so…LMAO…

Thank God for the judicial system…Dumb@$$…

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LQQK @ The Idiots May 14, 2015 at 9:11 pm

When you are dead and gone, nobody will miss you. You poor poor sick and twisted sociopath. *Smiles*

GrandTango May 14, 2015 at 9:32 pm

Isn’t that what Hitler said about the Jewish people…

You’re a very nice little liberal..aren’t you? …Adolph would be as proud of you…as Obama is…LMAO…

fc May 14, 2015 at 9:33 pm

I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and shit out a smarter statement than that.

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 5:13 am

+10.5

confucius say May 14, 2015 at 9:43 pm

The smartest thing ever to come out of your mouth was a penis.

GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 5:24 am

Are you a BIGOT against homosexuals…????

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 5:12 am

Do you think they really always come OUT of his mouth?

Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 5:11 am

YEP!

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 6:16 am

As promised, I will continue to call you out on this blatant attempt to keep people from openly criticizing public officials.

CITE the judicial opinion ending the appeal process on the Kelley v Wren, et. al. verdict, and PROVING that Kelley has collected $$$$ from the defendants on it.

CITE IT or STFU, troll.

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Kev May 15, 2015 at 7:59 am

Who is paying you?????????
Who is paying for all these crazed post?

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HD May 14, 2015 at 9:33 pm

I am amused by these developments.

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Max May 14, 2015 at 10:49 pm

Speight and Bingham are complete dickweeds!! One is cupping the balls as the other is caressing the others ass.

Whatever happen to that bogus blog Speight had? Wasn’t called the garnet spy or some other dumbass name? I read a few articles he wrote and was not impressed. Never been impressed with Bingham either. He needed be gone a long time ago. He just looks like a greasy politician.

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Sara May 14, 2015 at 10:51 pm

Gay reference?

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James May 14, 2015 at 10:53 pm

No.They just keep fucking up.

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GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 7:44 am

Why are you a BIGOT against homosexuals???..

.You liberals get MASSIVE vote counts from the Gay community….why do you attack them when it’s convenient???

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shifty henry May 15, 2015 at 12:01 am

11:59 pm 5.14.15 —- Fox News and Daily Mail have not yet reported on this important story.

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Bible Thumper May 15, 2015 at 1:54 am

You know, if if Will doesn’t have any friends who sit behind the bench or quality lawyers willing to take his case, at least he count on friends among the jurors. You know the citizens of South Carolina that John E. Parker will be reminding that Fitsnews called 5 hem “DUMB AS ROCKS”.

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Zed May 15, 2015 at 6:12 am

“Garbage” also posted some bullshit link to a case in Canada, completely unrelated to the Kelley v Wren, et. al. verdict, involving a Canadian entity called “Sun Media”, in order to, supposedly, prove that there has been a final ending to the appeal process, and that Kelley has collected $$$$$ money on it. A blatant attempt to goose up the “fear factor” against anyone daring to criticize public officals in South Carolina.

Shame on you for endorsing “Garbage” … obviously a Bingham sycophant.

“Garbage In, Garbage Out”, as they say.

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GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 7:43 am

Hey Boz…How you is???…LMAO…

Add FITS to TSN to publications you have helped ruin….with friends like you….LMAO….

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 5:10 am

You are wrong. I pinged Garbage. Garbage checks out.

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Sting Investigations May 15, 2015 at 2:23 am

Dingbat is well on his way to being destroyed forever. He just really fucked himself big time now. Doesn’t this clown know that the people of South Carolina will look at him as a super stuck up and fucked up egomaniac corrupt sack of shit??? This guy will lose it all for sure now. High dollar lawyer or not. He is finished. By the end of next week, he will not be able to show his ugly face anywhere in public. He makes me laugh!

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kevin May 15, 2015 at 7:42 am

Who is paying you?????????????????????

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mamatiger92 May 15, 2015 at 8:28 am

Who is paying YOU?

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Let The Whining Boy Moan May 15, 2015 at 9:58 am

Who is paying ANYBODY, and why the hell won’t anybody pay ME? I can wake up from a cold sleep in the middle of the night and post reams of this kinda shit. Gotta be worth something to somefuckingbody.

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What The Hell Is Going On May 15, 2015 at 2:19 pm

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In The News May 15, 2015 at 6:30 am

Associated Press SC: State lawmakers were indicted on bribery charges Wednesday in a federal probe of Statehouse corruption.

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GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 6:31 am

Looks like FITS may have some company in jail…if you keep it up…LMAO

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guest May 15, 2015 at 6:43 am

Boz can’t help himself.Look for a Tom Rice,Wayne Gray or MBACC barrage in 3-2-1….GO BOZ!!!!

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GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 6:30 am

As per libel INSURANCE.

Suppose I’m in insurer in the medical industry. A doctor comes to me and asks for a malpractice policy.

This doctor has a medical degree, but he’s never practiced convetional medicine, or performed surgery. But now he tells me he wants to, out of the blue.

This doctor has a criminal record, and past addiction issues. He has worked in the hospital, in an administrative role, but he was known as a flame-thrower, gratuitously endeavoring to assassinate the character of those in the building.

Are you going to write this “doctor” a policy, and how much will the policy be,and how many exclusion will it contain?

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In The News May 15, 2015 at 6:31 am

Associated Press SC: State citizens demand federal investigation into Statehouse.

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GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 6:33 am

Thanks for sharing…

And (on a personal note) will that be admissible in a libel/slander suit against a “Maverick” internet blogger…????…LMAO…Signed: FITS…

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guest May 15, 2015 at 6:42 am

It’s Boz.Wonder when Will will tell him to STFU?

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GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 7:41 am

Boz can add FITS to his list of take-downs…with TSN…

Nobody rides for free…at least for very long…LMAO…

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Woo May 15, 2015 at 6:59 am

Tango Doodoo?????????????????????E??????????? ?????????????????????

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In The News May 15, 2015 at 6:32 am

More lawmakers might be under federal investigation

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In The News May 15, 2015 at 6:33 am

COLUMBIA ­- Federal and state authorities are investigating allegations that South Carolina lawmakers sold their votes

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In The News May 15, 2015 at 6:35 am

…. his indictment on federal corruption charges is only a matter of time.

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In The News May 15, 2015 at 6:37 am

State Sen. Thomas Libous has pleaded not guilty to a federal indictment accusing him of making false statements to the FBI during investigation.

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In The News May 15, 2015 at 6:38 am

indicted on bribery charges … according to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed Friday. … 55 years possible for ex-lawmakers

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In The News May 15, 2015 at 6:39 am

Legislative system under indictment

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E Norma Scok May 15, 2015 at 6:41 am

Lawyers help me put here..if somehow this guy were to actually win the lawsuit….aside from some retraction, what could he get? There’s no such thing as wage garnishment in SC except for taxes and child support. If there was some sort of payment determined by the court in a civil case, basically it’s like “you win” type thing, isn’t it? It doesn’t appear Fits really has anything of value..so what’s left?

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United States vs Bingham? May 15, 2015 at 6:46 am

The founder not lose much of anything. Bingham, on the other hand … .. .

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Kev May 15, 2015 at 7:39 am

Who is paying you, professional anonymous poster.

How paid you to pervert the truth with several hundred post?

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fc May 15, 2015 at 6:48 am

Hopefully this is ‘settled’ and we can go back to electing Rubio and saving America from the despot currently occupying the wHite House.

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GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 7:40 am

You liberals construct the most IGNORANT scenarios…in an effort to try to avoid the justice you so lustfully invited…

STFU..if you did the crime, take the medicine…@$$hole…There is not a set of rules for liberals, that allows you to break the law and walk…at least not in SC. We still have some reasonable decorum here, Thank God…

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Change of Venue May 15, 2015 at 9:54 am

You would not know decorum if it jumped up your miserable ass and chased Lemmiwinks out of there.

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GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 10:05 am

Another substantial post of mine, met w/ ZERO Content…other than expression of liberal ignorance…why do you even bother if you can’t do any better than that? You just make yourselves look bad.

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 5:06 am

+10 for slavishly pop-culture-addicted reference to the classic “Lemmiwinks” episode of South Park.

GT loves it when you do that. Keep feeding that beast.

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E Norma Scok May 18, 2015 at 1:07 pm

I don’t really like replying to you, but since you trolled me, I’ll do it.

There’s nothing ignorant about my question. If there is no money to get, all the winner in a civil case is left with is basically a notarized “IOU”. I doubt there could be any property liens assigned, but even if so..they are only valuable if the property is sold.

So as I asked before…what’s left?

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shifty henry May 15, 2015 at 8:35 am

” It doesn’t appear Fits really has anything of value..so what’s left?”
What about the draft of his yet-to-be published book revealing his lurid and thrilling escapades with “you-know-who” …..

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In The News May 15, 2015 at 6:43 am

Four Alabama state senators are among a group of people indicted on federal … The Justice Department unveiled an indictment ..

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In The News May 15, 2015 at 6:44 am

Former state lawmaker’s aide indicted

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kev May 15, 2015 at 7:23 am

None of your post have anything to do with Folks and Bingham.

You are a paid poster throwing shit at anyone in your way.

Who is paying you?

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AM and FM May 15, 2015 at 7:15 am

It seems to be starting up again. Airwaves are broadcasting to hundreds of thousands that a lawmaker who has been questionably paid lots of tax money by way of his businesses regarding government contracts has gone off the deep end.

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Kevin May 15, 2015 at 7:20 am

Such bullshit

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Kevin May 15, 2015 at 7:19 am

Let me tell you what is really interesting in this affair. It is not Bingham or Folks. It is not the lawsuit.

It is the organized, probably compensated, comments on this thread that represent the work of a couple of people that were prepared ahead of time. These comments are not important in and of themselves, but they show that insiders are paying to bash Bingham. People are not paid to look after the interest of “the people,” no, they are paid to keep elected officials away for something. They are paid to keep people way from sweetheart deals or corruption.

All this posted stuff is a ruse. It is a misdirection. The insiders want you to look here while they act “there.” I believe Bingham has been looking at, or become aware of something that people don’t want him to mess with. Those people are probably pushing him to file litigation against Folks at the same time they are running a campaign against him. These people, paying the money, are protecting something.

Find that “something” and you have hit the jackpot. Find that something and you will know the true story.

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Nick May 15, 2015 at 9:36 am

Agree 100%
In politics, it is never what you see that is important. It is what you don’t see.

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shifty henry May 15, 2015 at 9:40 am

That’s why a fart is a FART — ya’ can’t see ’em but ya’ know damn well it’s there..!!

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 10:39 am

“Something” is amiss.

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jimlewisowb May 15, 2015 at 7:59 am

426 comments and counting/no telling how many site hits

If nothing else, King of Fop has improved skippy’s bottom line

On behalf of bloggers everywhere, thanks

Fucking Cockroach

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Kev May 15, 2015 at 8:00 am

Somebody is paying these new, fake posters.

Wonder what they are really after?

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jimlewisowb May 15, 2015 at 8:22 am

Could be – however I am inclined to think that Fop has pissed off a whole lot of people for the past few years and now that they smell rancid blood why not swoop in and take a few bites of the carcass – this group includes his fellow Cockroaches, some of whom would like to see him fall on his ass or worse

Didn’t see this one coming – find it hard to believe that any sitting Legislator would voluntarily put themselves in the position of being put under oath and put on the record to give a deposition

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Enough of GT May 15, 2015 at 9:03 am

100s of lawyers agree with you. It was a bad judgment call to file suit against this website. Why not pick on The Nerve?

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GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 8:18 am

Those hits will feel real good when that judge reads “GUILTY” on ALL counts….

It’s Dumb@$$#$ like you, who prod FITS along…yet you’ll be sittin’ up at the beer joint, fat slob and sloppy drunk…while FITS’ whole life is collapsing around him, for being an @$$hole idiot, to entertain a brain-dead sot, like you….

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jimlewisowb May 15, 2015 at 8:27 am

Given the number of comments you have made on this post it is apparent that the toilet in the basement of your momma’s single wide has flooded and you are eyeball deep in GT shit

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GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 8:29 am

Your comment is in keeping w/ the usual level of intelligence and creativity you exhibit.
Enjoy court…LMAO…

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jimlewisowb May 15, 2015 at 8:33 am

thanks

Enough of GT May 15, 2015 at 9:00 am

Its time to shut down the trashy immature mouth of GT. And there are dozens of legal ways to have him kicked off the internet. Today we start lodging formal complaints with government agencies, including the FCC, DISQUS, internetabuse.org, and his service provider and phone company.

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shifty henry May 15, 2015 at 9:38 am

Who are “we” ..? And why are you posting anonymously — heh? ——- CONFESS..!!

GrandTangoIsaFuktard May 15, 2015 at 9:13 am

you don’t plead guilty in a civil action, you nitwit.

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GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 9:31 am

Regardless…the result will be the same..Dumb@$$….
Parsing jargon won’t do a D*#n thing for you…with the verdict is in…LMAO…

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 10:34 am

The result could be that you get banned from this site at long last. What will you do with your time? You’ll be out of a job and people might be laughing at you.

GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 11:25 am

Oh…you can dish it out…but when it comes back on you..you are not big enough to take what you asked for…typical liberal punks…

Garbage May 15, 2015 at 11:42 am

Slander and possibly assault. Maybe I should sue you? I’m a private citizen. I have the means to do it and a voting record to dispute that claim.

GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 12:25 pm

When you call yourself Garbage…how the H#!! will you sue anyone for anything, along the lines of Defamation….Idiot…LMAO…

Or: Are you admitting you post under various and numerous names in order to commit slander and get away w/ it???…and which anonymous persona can you claim was assaulted?????…

To see you come unhinged…is HILARIOUS…you are some Ignorant MoFos…

Garbage May 15, 2015 at 12:33 pm

You haven’t seen unhinged unless you watched the video embedded in this article.

I’ve wasted enough of my precious time on your petty comments. Troll on.

GrandTango May 15, 2015 at 12:38 pm

I hardly ever click on your links. If you’re too stupid to articulate it, I don’t need to see what your puppet masters – or mouthpieces- say in your stead…They are usually as empty as you…

You’re, dull, lame, unintelligent, trite and vapid…And remember: truth is a defense, if you plan to sue me for characterizing you…so you have not a chance to prove me wrong…LMAO…

Garbage May 15, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Didn’t post a link.

Levin May 15, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Who is paying you to trash Bingham???

Made In Brazil May 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Please explain how you lost your website? Were you sued?

Kuv May 15, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Who is paying you? Who is paying you to post stupid comments over and over again?

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Anonymouseschmuck May 15, 2015 at 8:23 am

Am I the only one here who wants to know the identity of the entity named as Fits’ “parent company”? Paging Howard Rich?

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Deo Vindice SC May 15, 2015 at 8:32 am

Awsome, WILL, see me.

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Media Blackout May 15, 2015 at 8:38 am

You know what’s interesting now that a full day has passed since this story broke?

I can’t find one report in local MSM about this lawsuit. NOT ONE!

(If someone can, please enlighten me)

Why isn’t the head of House ethics suing an outlet big news?

Just yesterday, The State(mindless gov’t cheerleaders) on a blog posted a comment from Bingham himself on Nelson:

http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21019731.html

Isn’t it ironic? What, The State couldn’t be bothered to simply ask him about his lawsuit?

….and these geniuses wonder why their business is suffering….

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Kev May 15, 2015 at 9:35 am

Who is paying you? Who is paying you to post over and over and over?

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Media Blackout May 15, 2015 at 9:38 am

You’re paranoid as hell. I’m not same guy you’ve been accusing over and over again(assuming “he” is the same guy).

Why are you spending so much time here accusing everyone? What do you have to gain/lose?

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 11:01 am

No one wants to touch this story. That is my opinion. It is no secret that the GOP has no love for FITS.

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ABA May 15, 2015 at 11:15 am

Any reporter and/or editor worth their salt, knows to have copies of the pleadings in their hands. It will break next week, and it will could put Bingham in a very negative light as an out of control vindictive public servant. Did you note how he went off in the video above and his constituents admonished him to back off?

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Media Blackout May 15, 2015 at 11:54 am

“Any reporter and/or editor worth their salt, knows to have copies of the pleadings in their hands.”

Why is that? Can’t they report the filing itself? It seems a reasonable standard.

One poster just put up two links to small time outlets that at least reported it…(above)

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Kevin May 15, 2015 at 12:38 pm

How is paying you to trash Bingham?

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nitrat May 15, 2015 at 8:50 am

“Details of the lawsuit were not immediately available and Bingham, not surprisingly, did not respond to our request for a comment.”
So, can we infer that a lawsuit has allegedly been filed against this very blog, but not served on them? Otherwise, why would they not know the ‘details’?
439 comments…do 439 people outside of Bingham’s district know he exists, much less that he’s a legislator?

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 10:24 am

Apparently not served? The suit is public record in Lexington County. Someone posted the case # yesterday:

Lexington County
2015-CP-32-01764
Kenneth A Bingham v. William R Folks III and Fitsnews LLC
Bingham represented by John E Parker

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Point of Clarification May 15, 2015 at 12:12 pm

You seem to be assuming there is only one comment per commenter. Not the case.
I think the “not immediately available” was about the situation when Folks first learned of the suit. Obviously he now has the details — as do we all.

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 12:14 pm

I agree, there are more than one comment per commenter. Do you have a link of details? Probably posted on Lexington Counties site. I haven’t checked it today.

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KEv May 15, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Almost all of these are paid comments.
Who is paying to bash Bingham?

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mamatiger92 May 15, 2015 at 1:43 pm

GT is responsible for all but 4 or 5.

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We The People May 15, 2015 at 9:12 am

Change of Venue. But as everyone in SC will learn of this suit, as most all citizens know the legislature is corrupt, fat chance at Bingham winning any jury awards; especially with his strong ties to now convicted House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

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Kev May 15, 2015 at 12:35 pm

paid comments

who is paying you to bash Kenny?

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Slim Shady May 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm

I am being paid by you.

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Kev Pays Me May 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm

You are not paying me enough. I want more than just an Arizona Tea and a bag of Skittles.

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Bible Thumper May 15, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Skittles!! I demand a raise.

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shifty henry May 15, 2015 at 9:53 am

B.B. King has departed this life —today I’ll be listening to my collection of his music…

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 11:05 am

The Thrill Is Gone, but his music lives on.

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Shifty it may be up to us to bring back civility to the chaos, lest I contribute to it. In honor of BB King, music may be the order that saves the day.

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shifty henry May 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm

There’s some truth to that — may come back later with thoughts

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ELCID May 15, 2015 at 10:25 am

South Carolina has a law against Frivolous Lawsuits.
It’s called the “ABUSE OF PROCESS LAW.”

I suggest Will Folks look it up and hire a good law firm and counter sue for $millions.

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ABA May 15, 2015 at 11:03 am

Counterclaim is an absolute must. Maybe even a motion to add compel the addition of others in the statehouse who are entwined in collusion with Bingham. The public needs to see the real dirt that has been going on behind the iron curtain.

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kev May 15, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Paid comments

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Philip Branton May 15, 2015 at 10:50 am

Dear Kenny Bingham, ………you may want to pull a Nelson Hardwick and resign. Since the NSA has been collecting every phone call and email and “wink”, do you not think that a certain witness can be called via FOI…? You do know that Mr. Folks can get readers to view you like Kenny on South Park…and Jurors too. Matter of fact, how would Kenny on South Park teach kids across our state how use a website to teach Jurors about American Engineering before the TRIAL ever starts? We wonder how much land “perks” around Orangeburg…….certain veterans would love to know who suffer from “burnpit” exposure instead of having Plasma waste to energy converters installed in every subdivision across our state instead of methane tapping landfills being lollipopped to a corporate campaign donor.

Kenny, why do you think the Keystone pipeline gets so much press instead of the Yellowstone National Park Geo-thermal energy “pipeline”..?

Kenny, may the Sea Coast “trinity” have mercy upon your soul……..

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Spring River Church of Love May 15, 2015 at 2:07 pm

I am glad you have decided to walk down into the valley of love and embrace my entire philosophy on the ham. Now your cold cold heart is healed.

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ABA May 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

There is not going to be any “Judge Shopping” afforded to Parker in this case.

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Todd K. May 15, 2015 at 11:28 am

Please, please, please hire Todd Kincannon to represent you! That would be an awesome show…I’ll buy the popcorn.

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Stan May 15, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Who is paying you and why?

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Will Folks Is For The People May 15, 2015 at 11:29 am

Its started. Bingham will be hammered from so many directions, he might have to check into a mental institution. I feel sorry for his family.

Rep. Kenny Bingham files libel, slander suit…

lexingtonchronicle.com/rep-kenny-bingham-files…suit…Cached

South Carolina House Rep. Kenny Bingham (R-Cayce) has filed a lawsuit in Lexington County against Will Folks of FITSNews. Bingham is charging Folks with libel and …

Rep. Bingham files slander, defamation suit…

lakeandmain.net/…bingham-files-slander-defamation-suit…Cached

May 11, 2015 · Rep. Bingham files slander, defamation suit against Will Folks of FITSNews. South Carolina State Representative Kenny Bingham (R-Cayce) has filed a lawsuit …

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kev May 15, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Paid comments

Who is paying you to bash Bingham?

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Koss May 15, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Who is paying you to post over and over? Who is paying you to speculate, lie, liable and mislead?

Who is paying you??

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Kevin May 15, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Who is paying you to trash Bingham?

Who and why? That is the real story.

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Will Folks For The People May 15, 2015 at 11:35 am

I just read Bingham’s complaint against Fitsnews. Its weak and easy to tear apart. It might survive a motion to dismiss, but never a jury trial.

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Bible Thumper May 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm

But.. but South Carolina jurors are Dumb as Rocks.

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Yesterday it listed jury, today it is common plea. No idea the difference, until I look it up….

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kev May 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Paid comments

Who is paying you?

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Philip Branton May 15, 2015 at 11:41 am

****…..meanwhile on a Wando High School episode of “South Park”…****

South Park Kenny: Wow, Cartman……look at that Port Royal Rail line that runs through Hampton County….

Judge Cartman: What does that have to do with American Engineering and Waste Water treatment contracts and campaign loot…..?

Kenny Bingham: Yea….you tell’em judge Cartman…..

South Park Kenny: Let’s be clear here……..Members of the Jury, would like to know if Kenny Bingham whiffed 900 Million to BOEING with out filibustering for a statewide VOTE for taxpayers. Talk about treating taxpayers like Civil War slaves..!

Judge Cartman: WOW….what corporation gets 900 Million without a vote by citizens.

Kenny Bingham: I object…….

South Park Kenny: Ya know…..Kenny Bingham, we wonder just how “clean” the Savannah River really is.? You do have an employee named Craig A. Kirby P.E. …..do you not..?

Kenny Bingham: What episode of South Park is this…?

South Park Kenny: Your worst Wando High School Media department nightmare…..

Kenny Bingham: Please don’t tell Chef……….

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Kevs Mothers May 15, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Who is paying you to post over and over? Who is paying you to speculate, lie, liable and mislead?

Who is paying you?

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kev May 15, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Nobody. I work for free, but I am not trashing an elected official.

Who is paying you?

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Kevs Mother May 15, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Nobody. I work for free, but I am not trashing an elected official.

Who is paying you?

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You Can't Make This Shit Up May 15, 2015 at 11:44 am

Here is your YCMTSU nugget for the week, just especially for the trolls who keep posting about the Mark Kelley lawsuit verdict in the hopes of striking fear into Will and others:

One of Kelley’s “star witnesses” resigned from the SC House in the last few days.

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Boz says SUE ME May 15, 2015 at 7:41 pm

Boz I can’t believe you are going after Mark Kelley AGAIN!

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Want To Mess With Me, Bing? May 15, 2015 at 11:48 am

I don’t like how Bingham conducts the publics business. Therefore, I might decide to exercise my 1st Amendment right and file an ethics complaint against him for reasons I will not disclose here. He or anyone of his cronies attempt by any means, measures, or act, to retaliate or even to intimidate me, I will be forced to file criminal civil rights charges with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC.

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You make a good point May 15, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Many of the trolls, especially the new ones who have popped up in this thread, may well be Bingham stooges. If so, given the nature of some of them, the comments may well represent harassment. Highly inappropriate to engage in such activity directly after filing a suit for defamation.

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Kev May 15, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Paid comments

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Bible Thumper May 15, 2015 at 12:34 pm

If you have just noticed inappropriate comments, you haven’t been here long.

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Kev May 15, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Paid comments.

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easterndumbfuckistan May 15, 2015 at 12:16 pm

495 and still rising. The comment river is out of the banks.

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Should we call CEMA? Comment Emergency Management Agency. The troll level is higher than usual.

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 4:55 am

CEMA trailers are really for Comment Re-Education Camp.

Wake up America!!!!! Read InfoWars. Read it like GT and pogo-fc read Will’s posts and our comments here. Hold a mirror to it, squint real hard at its backward reflected image, then hit yourself in the head with a shoe heel until new words appear. That is the message.

That is the frequency, Kenneth.

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Kev May 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm

And most of them by a paid comments. Who is paying him?

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mamatiger92 May 15, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Who is paying YOU?
My God this is getting boring.

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fc/pogo May 15, 2015 at 7:43 pm

My God moron…I have posted 150 times…GT has posted 150 times and dumbass Boz has posted 200 times….

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 8:37 pm

And I am trying to catch up. Where are the comments now?

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fc May 15, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Disappointed in you..Just read you threatened GT with law enforcement and civil litigation…AND you have spent all day trying to get GT banned…whats up?

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 9:27 pm

He threatens. I ante up. There is a difference. I haven’t spent “all day” trying to get him banned, but I do believe the troll needs to move on. He was entertaining for a period of time, but all humor is lost.

I’m sure to fail you again, best not to invest in garbage.

fc May 15, 2015 at 8:48 pm

You post a ‘link’ for some parental organization and education and then make threats and embarrass not only yourself but that organization as well?

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fc May 15, 2015 at 8:50 pm

oops…guess I offended you or you are getting NEW ‘marching orders’…have a great weekend…

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 8:52 pm

ooops…get over yourself. I have no marching orders, but maybe you do? Likewise, have a great weekend.

easterndumbfuckistan May 15, 2015 at 10:39 pm

At least Buz is a person. GT and Pogo, FC, Sandi, Kev, Sandi, etc are bots. They have to be bots because their reactions are so predictable they must be controlled by machine code. There is no other logical explanation.

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 4:46 am

The comment trolly is off the tracks.

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 4:47 am

The comment cup overfloweth.

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 4:48 am

The comment ethics violations are getting too big for their breaches.

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Subpoena State Contracts May 15, 2015 at 12:28 pm

There are a host of allegations swirling around S.C. Rep. Kenny Bingham as it relates to his engineering firm receiving no-bid contracts from state agencies. Oh, and Bingham’s failure to disclose these contracts.

We haven’t written about these allegations (yet) but The Nerve – a website run by the libertarian-leaning S.C. Policy Council – published a report last month addressing some of them. Now this week an editorial from the uber-liberal Columbia, S.C. State newspaper takes Bingham to task for failing to enforce a prohibition against lawmakers (most notably former S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell) using campaign funds to pay for personal legal expenses.
Read more at https://www.fitsnews.com/2014/11/13/kenny-bingham-shouldnt-get-ethics-nod/#VJeTT3QxhPFp9EcI.99

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Kev May 15, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Who is paying you to post over and over? Who is paying you to speculate, lie, liable and mislead?

Who is paying you?

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Guest May 15, 2015 at 12:34 pm

This is some really interesting stuff. >>>
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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Whoever just questioned who is paying me to trash Bingham and then deleted comment:

I have not trashed Bingham. He did a pretty good job of that himself in the video captured above.

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Subpoena State Contracts May 15, 2015 at 12:46 pm

The five Republican members of the 10-member House Ethics Committee — which House Speaker Bobby Harrell wants to decide allegations against him — have received some $13,000 in campaign contributions from a political action committee associated with the Charleston Republican

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/search/?q=Bingham#storylink=cpy

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Bible Thumper May 15, 2015 at 12:46 pm

If I want to get paid to bash either side with comments or to bash others who get paid to bash others who are paid, please tell me who to contact. I’ll work for either side. Everyone here seems to be making money except me.

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 12:47 pm

I’m not getting paid. I need to ban myself from this site for a few days! Underpaid. I quit.

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm

The sweat inequity of it all. It’s discrimination against furry faced Bible Thumper and Garbage. We are people too.

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 4:43 am

I am not making money at this also. It is causing me great stress that I am not. I am losing sleep over it. Why the hell else would I be up before 5 ayem commenting on this stupid thread? I think my hair is falling out now from the stress. One of my teeth is loose too, and so is my stool.

Who do I need to sue about that?

Please advise.

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Subpoena State Contracts May 15, 2015 at 12:48 pm

House Speaker Bobby Harrell delivered would-be government reformers a gift this week when he was indicted on nine charges of public corruption and was suspended from office.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/search/?page=3&q=Bingham#storylink=cpy

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Kev May 15, 2015 at 12:58 pm

How is paying you to trash Bingham?

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Who is paying you to keep asking the same question over and over and over?

You asked me the same thing, but quickly deleted your comment?

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TigerT May 15, 2015 at 1:01 pm

I heard it was some group called Crescent. It was a good source.

Anyone heard that?

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Cough Cough May 15, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Who is How? Gedney Howe?

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I Want To Know May 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Who is paying you people to trash Bingham???

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TroubleBaby May 15, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Maybe the unfounded claim that people are being paid to trash Bingham in the comment section is an attempt to legitimize an attempt for Bingham’s lawyers to get everyone’s IP address.

Or it could be just straight out paranoid delusions.

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Wow are they going to be surprised if it is the former and match that up with GOP campaign donations and votes.

I do think it more likely paranoid delusions.

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I Want To Know May 15, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Everything I have ever posted on this thread (if you could call it a thread), is just a person opinion. Now, who is paying you to post here?

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 1:03 pm

The same here. Let’s see how many respond. I am not a paid hack. How many others can say the same?

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Bible Thumper May 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm

I feel foolish. I’m an unpaid hack.

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 1:09 pm

I might have to sue you for that comment. I spewed my drink on computer. Punitive damage? Or personal Injury?

I need a lawyer.

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I Want To Know May 15, 2015 at 1:03 pm

A key question in the debate over overhauling state ethics laws is how much lawmakers should reveal about who pays them.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article14435276.html#storylink=cpy

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easterndumbfuckistan May 15, 2015 at 2:41 pm

555 Comments – This article has joined the Farrow Road hall of fame.

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 8:38 pm

Ready to break 600 any minute now. Brace yourself for the hit.

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easterndumbfuckistan May 15, 2015 at 10:52 pm

I popped the 600 cherry. I walked in from going out with “my lady friend” logged on and it was at 599. I don’t know if that’s a good Friday Night or a bad one, but she has to work tomorrow so I probably kept her out too late as it is.

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Captain Sunshine May 15, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Ban not GT.

Ban not pogo.

Seek not the treasure.

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HHI Abe May 15, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Hey, I want treasure!

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 5:49 pm

It is rotten, smelly, moss bearing, nuts? Just a guess.

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Ban him. I’m trying to refrain from expletives. Ban!

After the lawsuit, unless the people on this site can find a way to do so otherwise.

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easterndumbfuckistan May 15, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Ban him. We need to ban him.We need to remove him and ban him some more!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hk1IGQK22s

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Verified Judgement-Proof May 16, 2015 at 4:38 am

Everyone need to picture him as God’s perfect creature, all the more perfect in his imperfection because imperfection itself is quintessentially human. Picture him surrounded by light and love. Then hold up our hands in our minds’ eyes, so that his head appears between thumb and forefinger.

Then crush his head.

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euwe max May 15, 2015 at 5:49 pm

The key to the treasure *is* the treasure.

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 5:56 pm

LMAO. And this is a pirates nightmare.

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euwe max May 15, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Fiction has the freedom to be even more true than fact!

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Garbage May 15, 2015 at 6:13 pm

Isn’t that how most philosophy or science starts?

euwe max May 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm

..and so it should – without an ideal model, how could we fit perceptions of reality into language?

Garbage May 15, 2015 at 6:32 pm

Or do they try it out as fiction to see who bites?

euwe max May 15, 2015 at 6:57 pm

I’m sure that’s the case. Luckily, there’s a common sandwich we’ve all agreed to take a big bite out of, whether or not we all find the entire meal to our liking.

Damned Tango, for instance, as they say, is that one sandwich short of a picnic.

Garbage May 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm

Only one?