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Issac Bailey blog | South Carolina making not-so-attractive national headlines because of poverty and corruption

Issac Bailey, The Sun News   Photo by Steve Jessmore
Issac Bailey, The Sun News Photo by Steve Jessmore

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

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.”

Read more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/a-look-at-south-carolina-sheriffs-in-legal-trouble/2014/07/01/743f6fb6-014e-11e4-9a6a-955ebcaa3334_story.html

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

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