South Carolina often makes national news. Today is no exception:
The Associated Press, via the Washington Post website, has a round-up of the dirty deeds of some of our sheriffs:
From the piece: A look at the lineup of those who have run into legal trouble:
E.J. MELVIN, LEE COUNTY
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Melvin is serving 17 years in prison after his November 2010 conviction on more than three dozen drug conspiracy charges. Prosecutors said he ruled Lee County like a kingpin, soliciting bribes from drug dealers and extorting businessmen. One witness told an FBI agent that a longtime drug dealer had told him, “If it wasn’t for E.J., I wouldn’t be doing the things that I do.”
South Carolina is among the Southern states that, unfortunately, make up what might be called the Poverty Belt: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/02/poverty-increase-map_n_5548577.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067