Prosecutor: Judge wrong to give lawmaker probation

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A prosecutor wants a judge to throw out a sentence of probation against a South Carolina lawmaker, saying her unwillingness to listen to his legal arguments left him worried the judge’s “impartiality has been undermined.”

Prosecutor David Pascoe also said in court papers that Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen didn’t follow the legal rules Monday when she said she refused to consider all the details Pascoe presented about former state Rep. Rick Quinn Jr.

Instead, Pascoe says Mullen based her sentence only on what the defense said during Quinn’s guilty plea in December.

Quinn only admitted in his plea to failing to report income from one source. Pascoe presented a much wider plot of Quinn lobbying on behalf of companies who paid his political consultant father nearly $4 million.

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