Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Black Democrat and pornography
Failed South Carolina Senate Democratic candidate Alvin Greene wants a jury to decide whether he is guilty of showing pornographic images to a college student. Greene's lawyer informed the prosecutor his client would not accept a plea deal previously offered, Assistant Solicitor Andrew Rogers said. Greene is facing a felony charge of disseminating obscene images and a misdemeanor count of communicating obscene messages from an incident in 2009 in which he allegedly showed such images to a University of South Carolina student in a dorm's computer lab. Prosecutors had anticipated Greene would accept the deal which would involve him pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge, which can carry a sentence of 0-3 years, and the felony county would be dropped. Greene shocked the South Carolina political world when he captured the Democratic nomination to run against incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint. He immediately drew criticism from Democrats in the state because the unemployed African-American did not have the apparent financial means to afford the filing fee, and many party veterans in the state questioned whether the political novice was qualified. Right after capturing the nomination the existence of the criminal charges against him emerged prompting state party activists to press him to withdraw from the race. But he refused. Also raising questions were his often meandering answers in several interviews and how he hardly campaigned during the election.