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Nelson Hardwick Facing Obstruction Of Justice Charge

DISGRACED FORMER LAWMAKER POSTED $20,000 BOND … Former S.C. Rep. Nelson Hardwick – already facing a misconduct in office charge – posted a $20,000 personal recognizance bond earlier this month related to an obstruction of justice charge filed in the Palmetto State’s fifth judicial circuit. Hardwick paid the bond for…

DISGRACED FORMER LAWMAKER POSTED $20,000 BOND …

Former S.C. Rep. Nelson Hardwick – already facing a misconduct in office charge – posted a $20,000 personal recognizance bond earlier this month related to an obstruction of justice charge filed in the Palmetto State’s fifth judicial circuit.

Hardwick paid the bond for this new charge on December 1 – a day after it was set by S.C. circuit court judge Howard King.

Hardwick gave up his seat in the S.C. House of Representatives back in May after he was accused of harassing multiple women.  He later attempted to rescind his resignation, but legislative leaders were having none of it.  A liberal “Republican” – Russell Fry – won a special election to fill his seat in September.

The initial indictment against Hardwick for misconduct in office accused him of “using his position to lure a House of Representatives employee to his office earlier this year, and to inappropriately touch her against her will.”  According to our sources, licking was involved.

(Yikes, right?)

It’s not clear whether the obstruction of justice charge is connected to his misconduct charge, as Richland County has yet to post any of the documents related to Hardwick’s latest charge online.  Meanwhile the office of S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson – which is currently under fire for its efforts to provide cover to corrupt lawmakers – was closed at the time we went to press and unable to provide comment regarding the charge.

We suspect this is related to his unsolicited amorous extracurriculars … although “Lick-gate” isn’t the first time Hardwick has been linked to trouble.

In addition to his personal issues, Hardwick was one of several lawmakers dogged by the “Coastal Kickback,” a brazen pay-to-play scam in which hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash were funneled through a fabricated network of corporations to select politicians in exchange for their support of a local tax hike.

Neither Hardwick nor his “Republican” colleagues who took the dirty money have ever been held accountable for their actions – however one of them, former S.C. Rep. Thad Viers, was recently sent to federal prison for three years on unrelated charges.

Stay tuned … as soon as we have additional information on Hardwick’s situation, we’ll be sure to pass it along.

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17 comments

The Buzzman December 28, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Russell is a sane conservative, not by any means a liberal.

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pogo December 28, 2015 at 6:46 pm

In addition to his personal issues, Hardwick was one of several lawmakers dogged by the “Coastal Kickback,” a brazen pay-to-play scam in which hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash were funneled through a fabricated network of corporations to select politicians in exchange for their support of a local tax hike.

You sure made Fits look like a clown on this story.

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The Buzzman December 29, 2015 at 12:32 am

Who made you look like one with every comment you make?

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The Buzzman December 29, 2015 at 12:36 am

If you think I was ever a primary source for either WIll or TSN for info on that very real federal probe, you’re pathetically delusional. My knowledge was extremely limited but quite specific. As it turned out, I wasn’t even the primary source for that bit of it.

Did the investigation get shut down?

Maybe.

Was it reopened?

Again, maybe.

Well see, chump. We’ll see.

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Sic Semper Tyrannis December 28, 2015 at 7:34 pm

Somebody found one ?

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Superfly December 28, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Was Hardwick one of the Quinn cronies, or print his material, mail and etc?

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Pete December 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Standard MO in Kakkalina. Nobody ever really cleans house. State house employees are constantly subjected to old geezers groping and catcalls. These f:cks still think they are in junior high.

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erneba December 28, 2015 at 3:49 pm

“According to our sources, licking was involved.”
Sounds like the circumstances involved in the Haley/Folks encounter.
ummmmmm…Yummy.

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Tazmaniac December 28, 2015 at 4:20 pm

You dog. ;-)

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erneba December 28, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Woof, woof, lick, lick.

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TroubleBaby December 28, 2015 at 4:03 pm

What did he lick?

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Lone Ranger December 28, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Meanwhile—the OTHER flag-ripping, payday-grubbing scum read their inside polling and learned that next year will be a blast

We’ve got the names of the cowards who joined Joe Wilson in flag-ripping without YOUR vote and we WILL hand them their… !!!

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mamatiger92 December 28, 2015 at 4:39 pm

for the love of God man… let it go

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mamatiger92 said…what?…who knew?…the South had patriots and heritage as well
But I’m popular among my PC buds if I don’t notice and go with them all straight to… !!!

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clemsonguy December 28, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Ethics Reform……coming in 2020….at the earliest given the dysfunction of the Legislatures.

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Betty Houbion December 29, 2015 at 9:32 am

I have a hard time believing that Hardwick made any overture to any staff member. I believe he was set up. He isn’t a Golden Gloves guy, no one is in that legislature; however, he’s in greater moral standing than the AG and a few others. So be it. He has a lawyer, and has filed a countersuit. Meanwhile, amazing about the campaign funds and so forth. After reading other stories by the Post and Courier and Sun News, I believe that only the citizens who paid for all this via tax dollars are the only ones who haven’t profited from these illegal deals. Corruption runs deep and broad.

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