Senior U.S. District Judge Sol Blatt Jr. could rule soon whether former Charleston property coordinator Danny Molony has satisfied his federal restitution order that stemmed from his theft from the city of Charleston.

Blatt held a hearing on the issue Friday morning but agreed to table the matter until he heard more from Assistant City Attorney Susan Herdina.

At issue is what money should be counted toward the $440,493 that the court ordered Molony pay after he pled guilty. Molony and his son Mark stole money from the city through a scheme in which Danny Molony wrote city checks for appraisals and other property-related services to his nonexistent company. Each served about two years in prison.

The city recovered $186,000 from a settlement with SouthTrust Bank, but Herdina told Blatt that should not be counted toward Molony's federal restitution since the city received it not from Molony but through its own effort.

Blatt said he understood the federal restitution act was designed not to punish the defendant but to compensate the victim for losses incurred, but the judge agreed to delay a ruling until Herdina had a chance to make the city's case in more depth.

Molony attended Friday's hearing and said afterward, "If it can end, I want it to end. There's nothing else they can do to me."

Read more in Saturday's editopns of The Post and Courier.