Florence judge appointed despite criminal past; council cites diversity

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence City Council voted unanimously in December to give a local black lawyer a chance, despite his criminal past, to become a municipal judge in an effort to increase diversity, even after the candidate, Linward Edwards II, withdrew from consideration for the same position a year earlier, according to a story posted on the Florence Morning News’ website, scnow.com.

Edwards, 38, doesn’t quite have three years of experience, and he has a criminal background similar to some of the people he soon will be sentencing, the story says.

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