Sen. John Courson suspended from his S.C. Senate seat

Sen. John Courson, R-Richland was suspended from his S.C. Senate office, Friday. He was indicted by a State Grand Jury Thursday on twogavel counts of misconduct in office and one count of using campaign money for personal expenses.

Courson allegedly paid the political consulting firm of Richard Quinn & Associates $247,829, and then RQ&A made multiple exchanges of cash back to Courson in the amount of $132,802.  That is the charge made in one of three Grand Jury indictments of Courson made public Friday.

Courson was elected to represent to the Dist. 20 Senate seat and it covers a portion of Lexington County, and Richland County.

The alleged movement of money took place over a six-year period that ended in 2012.  The indictments of Courson include two counts of misconduct in office and a count of using campaign money for personal expenses.

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant submitted  a letter Friday afternoon explaining the decision to suspend Courson.

“I regret these unfortunate events and pray that those matters are resolved in a timely manner,” Bryant wrote.
The suspension is in effect until the matter is resolved in court. Sen. John Courson suspended from his S.C. Senate office

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