Hearing on S.C. State public corruption case Wednesday

  • Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 2:25 p.m., Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 2:50 p.m.

A hearing on pending motions in the public corruption case of former South Carolina State University Board Chairman Jonathan Pinson and Columbia businessman Eric Robinson will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Courtroom 2, U.S. District Court House in Charleston before U.S. District Judge David C. Norton.

Robinson wants to be tried separately from Pinson. His attorneys have argued that being tried alongside Pinson would "unfairly and irreparably prejudice" their client and deprive him of his right to due process.

Pinson wants a racketeering charge and wiretap evidence thrown out.

Pinson's attorney James Griffin has argued that federal investigators overstepped their bounds in gathering evidence against Pinson through court-authorized wiretaps.

He contends investigators used false information to obtain permission for the wiretap and failed to comply with the order that was granted. His motion states that agents listened in on some calls longer than allowed and intercepted calls that were protected by attorney-client privilege.

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