Lawyer wants judge off district lawsuit
GREENVILLE, S.C. — An attorney representing a state lawmaker in a U.S. House redistricting lawsuit alleging racial discrimination wants a federal judge removed from the case.
Billy Wilkins, a former chief judge for the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, says U.S. District Judge Mark Gergel represented plaintiffs in a similar case a decade ago.
Wilkins said in court papers filed Friday that he wants Gergel to recuse himself from hearing a lawsuit filed last month on behalf of six voters who claim the state’s realignment of House voting districts creates “voting apartheid.”
Wilkins wrote that Gergel, as a private practice lawyer, served as lead counsel for former Democratic Gov. Jim Hodges in 2000 in the state’s last redistricting court battle.
Ex-treasurer sues to get ring returned
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel is headed to court again.
Court papers filed in New York’s Manhattan Supreme Court show the Republican is suing his former fiancée to get back an engagement ring.
Court papers say the 49-year-old Ravenel and Danielle Tosi broke off a two-month engagement earlier this year. Ravenel says he wants the $47,500 ring back. Tosi has not filed a response.
Ravenel resigned after serving six months as state treasurer and spent less than a year behind bars after pleading guilty to buying cocaine for himself and to sharing it with friends.
– Associated Press