Longshot Senate hopeful indicted on two charges

Greene could face 3 years in prison

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COLUMBIA --- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene was indicted Friday on two charges, including a felony charge of showing pornography to a teenage student in a South Carolina college computer lab.

Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Alvin Greene says his campaign will continue as he faces Sen. Jim DeMint in November.
Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Alvin Greene says his campaign will continue as he faces Sen. Jim DeMint in November.

Greene surprised the party establishment with his primary victory in June. His arrest in November was first reported by The Associated Press the day after he won the nomination.

Authorities said he approached a student in a University of South Carolina computer lab, showed her obscene photos online, then talked about going to her dorm room.

A Richland County grand jury indicted Greene, 32, on charges of disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity -- a felony -- and a misdemeanor charge of communicating obscene materials to a person without consent.

If convicted, Greene could face up to three years in prison for the misdemeanor or up to five years for the felony.

Greene declined comment at his home in Manning. He has refused to talk about the charge in past interviews, and his attorney did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Greene had visited the computer lab at the Bates House dorm in Columbia several times before his arrest, using an old student ID card to gain admission, according to campus police records. Dorm staffers told police they had asked security staff not to let him in, but reports did not give any more details.

Greene graduated from South Carolina in 2000 with a political science degree.

Greene, an unemployed military veteran, handily defeated Vic Rawl, a former lawmaker and judge who had been considered an easy win by Democrats.

Up to that point, Greene had done no visible campaigning and had no Web site, fundraising or staff.

After AP reported Greene's arrest, South Carolina Democratic Party leaders called on him to withdraw his candidacy. South Carolina law prohibits convicted felons from serving in state office, but there is no such rule for the U.S. House or Senate.

Greene has said he's staying in the race. In the months since his victory, Greene has given a series of awkward interviews to reporters clamoring for more information on the man who lives in Manning with his ailing father. In one interview, he suggested that the state's economy could be improved by selling action figures depicting him in his uniform.

Earlier this summer, the state Democratic Party upheld his nomination, denying a challenge filed by Rawl alleging voting abnormalities.

State police also cleared Greene of any impropriety involving his $10,440 filing fee. Greene has said he saved up his military pay for two years, a claim police said was backed up by his bank records.

Last month, Greene gave his first public speech, a 6 1/2-minute recitation of his previous comments and commitment to jobs and education. On Thursday, he gave brief remarks to the executive committee of the state Democratic Party and asked them to support his campaign, according to executive director Jay Parmley.

Greene now has a Web site and says he has raised less than $1,000. He faces Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint in the fall. The popular incumbent has raised more than $3 million.

Green Party candidate Tom Clements will also be on the November ballot. He has reported no fundraising.

Greene's charges

A Richland County, S.C., grand jury indicted Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene, 32, on charges of disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity -- a felony -- and a misdemeanor charge of communicating obscene materials to a person without consent.

If convicted, Greene could face up to three years in prison for the misdemeanor or up to five years for the felony.

-- Associated Press

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justus4
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justus4 08/14/10 - 05:02 am
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This guy will be found
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This guy will be found "guilty" and probably get the three yrs, but it will not be based on anything he actually did. (It will interpreted) But because of that so-called "grand jury" which is highly suspect in my view, and because the so-called "courts" are extremely prejudice to people of color. Those two elements create a unsurmountable legal hole that most minorities find impossible to dig out of, and that's due to MONEY. Nothing about right or wrong, just dollars. And this poor guy don't have any, but managed to bring nat'l attention to himself and that backward state. So those same folks who allowed Sanford to steal taxpayer dollars and go free, will now become a nightmare for this guy and anyone associated with him. Yep, these charges are trumped up and a careful reading of them will demonstrate it.

RushLimbuttbubba
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RushLimbuttbubba 08/14/10 - 09:40 am
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Justus- you sound as bad as

Justus- you sound as bad as Alvin Greene. All of us are not stupid.....but it was stupid for people to vote for this guy WITHOUT KNOWING WHO HE WAS!! That is what needs to be talked about. Alvin Greene is NOT a worthy candidate for office...he should just go and try to get his personal affairs(no pun intended) in order and if he wants to execise his right like any other citizen to run for a public office....then do it the right way. You make it sound like comparing this guy to idiot MARK SANFORD's WRONG DOINGS that I (we) should say "yeah they doing Alvin wrong".One of the best ways to address the as you put it"extreme prejudice of people of color" which to me would mean EVERYBODY( I have never in my years of living seen anybody that is "clear" or "without color" BLACK is a color, WHITE is a color, RED is a color, Brown is a color and I could go on..but I hope you get my point....is to stand together WITHOUT PREJUDICE and lets do what is right...and anybody who wants to be prejudice against the color of a person's skin!!....then let them be stupid like Mark Sanford and Alvin Greene....and when "they" finally get it then they can rejoin the HUMAN RACE!!!!!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/14/10 - 10:25 am
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Associated Press writer Meg

Associated Press writer Meg Kinnard tells us that the student involved is a "teenager." Yeah, that's 19! I don't see the harm here. Can anyone list a good reason why it should be a felony to show a dirty picture to an adult?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/14/10 - 10:27 am
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I wouldn't be surprised if

I wouldn't be surprised if South Carolina's obscenity laws are in conflict with federal laws and Supreme Court rulings. Where is the ACLU when you need them?

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 08/14/10 - 11:18 am
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I smell set up. The voters of

I smell set up. The voters of SC voted for him because they are tired of "politics as usual".

apex24
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apex24 08/14/10 - 11:51 am
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Who would have thought Justus

Who would have thought Justus would say such a thing?? Now waiting on RCR, Ispy and Momster to chime in along those same lines. They all must use Brother Garcia as their Pastor!!!!! According to some people of color the laws or rules don't apply to blacks so therefore they cannot be broken.

momster59
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momster59 08/14/10 - 11:56 am
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apex - your lack of rational

apex - your lack of rational thought does not insult or worry me in the least.

If Mr. Greene really did what he is accused of, I think he should face the music. I agree with rlbb, I believe he is in this race because a lot of people thought they were voting for a singer and didn't even educate themselves as to who he was or what he stood for before voting.

I am not R or D when it comes to my political views. I see the good and bad of both. However, it has occurred to me that some very witty R, just might have convinced Mr. Greene, who is obviously way over his head, to run for the office because they suspected people would vote for a celebrity identified name and apparently it worked.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 08/14/10 - 12:15 pm
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LOL...momster agreed...says a

LOL...momster agreed...says a lot about the intelligence of Dem. voters........................

momster59
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momster59 08/14/10 - 12:19 pm
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bettyboop - says a lot about

bettyboop - says a lot about the intelligence of the sheep of both parties when you see some of the candidates on both the R & D side. Had he run on a R ticket in SC, he may now be embarrassing them. People need to find out what the candidate is actually advocating and not just vote for a name. You will find that in pretty much any race where a celebrity name runs, the name recognition wins.

apex24
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apex24 08/14/10 - 01:53 pm
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Momster, what's irrational

Momster, what's irrational about my thought. "It's because they were black" is all we hear anymore when a minority gets caught breaking the law. Is that irrational thought??? Are you saying that its ok for minorities to hide behind that thought process each time. Most Americans are tired of hearing it but evidently you are not.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/14/10 - 01:59 pm
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Momster wrote: However, it

Momster wrote:

However, it has occurred to me that some very witty Republican just might have convinced Mr. Greene, who is obviously in way over his head, to run for the office because they suspected people would vote for a celebrity identified name and apparently it worked.

The Democratic primary race pitted Al Greene against Vic Rawl. Nobody had heard of either one of them. But the outcome just shows that S.C. democrats prefer Al Green music over Lou Rawls music.

momster59
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momster59 08/14/10 - 02:46 pm
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Apex - I don't claim anyone

Apex - I don't claim anyone did anything because of their race. Didn't say anything about race and have not said anything in this forum about race. As a matter of fact I have called out many people for using race baiting (both ways) many times. I don't play the race card, never had and never will. It was you who pulled my name out of the air for no logical reason. Therefore I would like to thank you for thus supporting my original stance about your rationality.

momster59
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momster59 08/14/10 - 03:40 pm
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Little lamb - LOL I prefer

Little lamb - LOL I prefer Lou Rawls music any day. But if he ran for office I would still educate myself as to his platform before voting for him:-)

apex24
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apex24 08/14/10 - 03:41 pm
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Momster, please accept my

Momster, please accept my apology. I got you mixed up with with someone else. I should have done my research!!

momster59
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momster59 08/14/10 - 03:43 pm
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Apex - apology accepted.

Apex - apology accepted.

sociologyedu_one
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sociologyedu_one 08/14/10 - 06:43 pm
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thank goodness, the man was

thank goodness, the man was an embarrassment to the state of sc, obviously planted by desperate repubs. , maybe i can put my name in the hat as an independent now. if you wanna give up the funds for the ticket enlistment, hit me up.

apex24
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apex24 08/14/10 - 07:39 pm
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Socialogy, explain to me how

Socialogy, explain to me how the GOP can be desperate when Jim Demint would have beat any Leftist by twenty points. As it stands now with Greene in the race Demint will win by forty points. You must be a college professor with that thought process.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/14/10 - 07:46 pm
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It has been almost nine and a

It has been almost nine and a half hours since my 10:25 post this morning. No one has posted any attempt to justify this S.C. obscenity law with logic or rationale. I guess I win.

RushLimbuttbubba
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RushLimbuttbubba 08/15/10 - 07:33 am
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Apex24- The race was over

Apex24- The race was over when Alvin Greene was nominated...So Jim Demint will beat an unqualified man who should have never been selected. The only time Jim should celebrate is IF and WHEN his efforts to help ALL PEOPLE in the state to realize that we are in this sinking ship together.....and TOGETHER we must work to survive.

RushLimbuttbubba
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RushLimbuttbubba 08/15/10 - 07:50 am
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Little Lamb if you were 19 or

Little Lamb if you were 19 or 90...Is it okay for someone to walk up to you and show you a bunch of sexually explicit naked children and adults having intercourse?!? Did the 19 yr. old ask him to" Hey Alvin...show me some porn!!". Yes LL you maybe the "type" of person who would not mind this and think it should not be against the law. But I really don't have much respect for Alvin and others who feel it is okay to spread their pornographic beliefs and pictures around and think it is just damn okay...... and that everybody should think it is okay.

disssman
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disssman 08/15/10 - 11:08 am
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Golly, who does Alvin think

Golly, who does Alvin think he is? He isn't a Lawyer, Docter or Insurance agent. Come on, a common man to represent people. That is an absurb thought. How are the "stakeholders" going to make any money if one of their own isn't at the controls? I wonder why the 19 year olds name wasn't mentioned? In any event she is just a teenager, a little older than a lot of the folks serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, and she must be protected like them, until she is adult enough to call the police when something like this happens. Which raises a question, why didn't she notify someone right then that something dangerous had happened? NO this isn't a set up!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/15/10 - 12:31 pm
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Rush, just think a moment.

Rush, just think a moment. To me, porn is not okay. But showing a picture to another adult should not be a crime. If Greene were to have pestered or harassed this woman, she could have pressed charges on stalking. But it should not be a felony to "procure" or "disseminate" or "promote" obscenity in S.C. If the ACLU were to take up Greene's defense, it would be the beginning of overturning this law on constitutional grounds.

But thanks for answering, Rush.

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Brad Owens 08/15/10 - 06:28 pm
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LL, You are 100% right. This

LL,

You are 100% right. This is such a load of bovine feces. Five years for showing a 19 year old a nudity pic?

Idiotic,

Brad

RushLimbuttbubba
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RushLimbuttbubba 08/15/10 - 06:41 pm
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Thanks for the feedback LL:-)

Thanks for the feedback LL:-)

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