SC Rep. Merrill Denies Misconduct in Office Charges
COLUMBIA , SC (WOLO )– Representative Jim Merrill is responding to allegations of misconduct in office, by Solicitor David Pascoe, with an adamant denial.
The following statement was relaesed through Merrill’s attorneys .
Representative Jim Merrill adamantly denies the charges brought against him by Solicitor David Pascoe. He has served honorably and in good faith as a part time member of the General Assembly. For over 20 years, his vocation and livelihood has been in the field of advertising, direct mail, and public relations.
Contrary to the flawed allegations made today, the work performed by Jim Merrill’s private company was completely legal and legitimate. Solicitor Pascoe has charged Representative Merrill for conduct that is not illegal under South Carolina law. In fact, the charges include conduct that has been declared legal in written opinions by the South Carolina Attorney General, the bi-partisan House Ethics Committee, and the State Ethics Commission.
Representative Merrill acted in good faith and looks forward to defending himself in court.”