ATTORNEY GENERAL CLAIMED HIS OFFICE WAS “NOT EQUIPPED” FOR SUCH PROBES
Two years ago, S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson refused to investigate allegations of prosecutorial misconduct involving one of the state’s sixteen solicitors – referring the matter to the S.C. Supreme Court’s office of disciplinary counsel.
“The attorney general’s office is not equipped with the resources to conduct these types of investigations,” Wilson wrote in a letter to the president of a defense attorney’s organization at the time.
Hmmm … that’s a pretty curious position to have taken considering the vendetta Wilson’s office has launched over the past forty-eight hours.
Wilson is attempting to shut down S.C. first circuit solicitor David Pascoe‘s investigation of corruption at the S.C. State House – even though Pascoe’s request for grand jury proceedings has been endorsed by a judge and by the head of the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
In fact Wilson removed Pascoe from the case and attempted to replace him with another solicitor – who refused the invitation. Wilson repeatedly referred to Pascoe and his investigation as “tainted” during an angry press conference this week, but offered no evidence to support his contention other than unsubstantiated allegations that Pascoe had leaked information to the media … something Wilson’s own office has done in the past.
Our view? Pascoe’s investigation has clearly hit upon something exceedingly worrisome to Wilson … hence his transparent effort to obstruct and sabotage the probe.