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FITSNews Contempt Hearing: No Ruling

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AT LEAST NOT YET …

As reported yesterday, I appeared before South Carolina circuit court judge William Keesley this week in relation to my ongoing failure to reveal confidential sources connected to a pending civil lawsuit against me and against this website.

For the complete background on this case, click here.

The gist of today’s hearing?  Keesley instructed my attorneys – and attorneys for Kenny Bingham (the former state lawmaker who is currently suing me) – to submit draft orders to him regarding the pending contempt of court motion no later than July 7 of this year.

At that point, I presume he will take the matter under advisement and issue a ruling.

Here is a story on the case published by reporter Maya Prabhu of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier.  And here is a story on the case published by reporter John Monk of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper.

Meanwhile, here is a national take on the issue from reporter Corey Hutchins of The Columbia Journalism Review.

Other stories may follow …

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My view of everything?

First of all, I am tremendously grateful to the hundreds of people who have reached out to me this week and offered their thoughts, prayers and encouragement regarding this hearing.  Those messages have been truly sustaining to me.

Second, I’m grateful to the court system and to the mainstream media outlets here in South Carolina for taking this case so seriously.  These are two institutions I haven’t always spoken kindly of – but I think both are in agreement that this issue is much larger and more important than me or the particulars of my case.

Finally, I am beyond appreciative of the incredible counsel, representation and friendship I have received in this case from my attorneys: Pete Strom, Tom Davis, John Alphin and Mandy Powers Norrell.  They have all gone above and beyond in helping me – even when it became abundantly clear that this was not going to be your ordinary civil action.

I don’t know yet how this decision will play out … no one does.  We will all just have to wait and see what Keesley decides on July 7.

Until then, though, I remain committed to doing what I believe to be the right thing … and grateful for the support I have received from so many people during that process.

Will Folks is the editor of the website you are currently reading. 

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