Attorney: Greene was flirting, meant no harm

Senate candidate accused of obscenity charges

COLUMBIA --- Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene was just trying to flirt with a teenage South Carolina college student when he allegedly showed her pornography in a campus computer lab, his attorney said Thursday in the first indication of his planned defense.

Candidate for U.S. Senate Alvin Greene (left) and his attorney Eleazer Carter, leave the Richland County Courthouse in Columbia.   Associated Press
Associated Press
Candidate for U.S. Senate Alvin Greene (left) and his attorney Eleazer Carter, leave the Richland County Courthouse in Columbia.

"He was attempting to flirt with a young lady who had no interest in him," Eleazer Carter said. "While the charges are very serious, I think it boils down to, when a lady turns you down, has it reached a criminal offense?"

Carter elaborated on his client's situation shortly after a judge allowed Greene to remain free on a misdemeanor charge of communicating obscene materials to a person without consent. Circuit Court Judge James Barber also ordered the 33-year-old unemployed military veteran not to have any contact with the University of South Carolina student.

In August, a Richland County grand jury also indicted Greene on a felony charge of disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity. Both charges stem from Greene's arrest last November, months before his surprise Democratic primary win.

"I think this additional charge was just a waste of court time," Carter said, adding that Greene had already appeared in court on the more serious felony charge and been allowed to remain free on a $5,000 bond.

Barber decided Thursday that the same bond would be applied to Greene's misdemeanor charge. If convicted, Greene could face up to three years in prison for the misdemeanor or up to five years for the felony.

Greene, who has not entered a plea to either charge, has declined to comment on his court case.

Greene is running against Republican Sen. Jim DeMint in the Nov. 2 election. A day after Greene's primary win, The Associated Press was first to report that Greene was arrested for allegedly approaching a student in a campus computer lab and showing her obscene photos online. Authorities say he also talked about going to her dorm room.

Campus police allege that Greene, a 2000 political science graduate of the university, used an old student ID card to get past dorm security.

Carter said that while Greene perhaps didn't pick the best method for approaching the female student, he did not intend to threaten her in any way.

Greene's next scheduled court appearance is Nov. 16, two weeks after the general election.

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corgimom
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corgimom 10/07/10 - 09:24 pm
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I obviously am old and out of

I obviously am old and out of the loop.

In my day, men used stupid pickup lines to flirt with women.

Now, they use pornography- because nothing impresses a girl more than some strange man showing her porn, and then asking to go to her room.

What a guy.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 10/07/10 - 10:08 pm
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When all else fails, show

When all else fails, show them pictures! He was just helping her brush up on anatomy. He, however, is fully qualified to be the democratic nominee for senate.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/07/10 - 11:12 pm
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He fits the pattern for an

He fits the pattern for an elected official. He should be elected!

hopefulinaugusta
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hopefulinaugusta 10/08/10 - 01:21 am
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The way he is looking at his

The way he is looking at his attorney I can imagine him asking "Man what the h_ll kind of defence was that??"

Dixieman
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Dixieman 10/08/10 - 04:10 am
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Alviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

Alviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!
Next he will punch her in the face and run her over with his car (if he has one) and claim that he was just trying to say "hello" and get her attention.

GGpap
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GGpap 10/08/10 - 04:07 pm
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And THIS is the candidate the

And THIS is the candidate the dems will have to decide on in November?
Put GGpap down as a write-in, or mickey mouse, or Tickle me Elmo, or.....someone else, PLEASE!

If not, I'll vote for Alvin Greene...BECAUSE I could never vote for an idiot that proposes that homosexuals or ladies that have children out of wedlock should never be allowed to be public school teachers (although he apparently doesn't mind that a man with a child born out of wedlock teaches in public schools). If that's not enough, I surely would not vote for anyone that champions a witch in the U.S. Senate!

GGpap

chascush
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chascush 10/08/10 - 09:31 am
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GGap, If not, I'll vote for

GGap, If not, I'll vote for Alvin Greene.
No surprise there Ole Greene is just a typical DUMocrat, although he does seem smarter than many DUMocrats.

fontana
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fontana 10/08/10 - 09:49 am
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SC's Finest. Hope he's

SC's Finest. Hope he's elected.

libertarianvoter
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libertarianvoter 10/08/10 - 10:00 am
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Does anyone now see the

Does anyone now see the problem of having only two parties or 2 choices? You have this guy and DeMint to represent SC in the Senate...

Good luck with that..................at least you didn't "waste your vote" on a 3rd party. Sleep well.

robaroo
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robaroo 10/08/10 - 10:47 am
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I can see this inappropriate

I can see this inappropriate behavior being a misdemeanor and Greene getting a fine. But I don't understand why it is deserves to be a felony with jail time and a criminal record.

How did this get into law?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/08/10 - 10:51 am
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I agree with you, Robaroo.

I agree with you, Robaroo. And note how the Associated Press attempts to sensationalize this story by emphasizing the word “teenager.” Technically yes, but she was 19. Showing dirty pictures to an adult should not be a sex crime felony.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/08/10 - 10:55 am
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Speaking of the misdemeanor

Speaking of the misdemeanor bond hearing, Greene's lawyer said:

"I think this additional charge was just a waste of court time," Carter said, adding that Greene had already appeared in court on the more serious felony charge and been allowed to remain free on a $5,000 bond.

They are harassing Greene because he won the Democratic Party primary.

Quack Quack Quack
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Quack Quack Quack 10/08/10 - 11:49 am
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What ever happened to "candy

What ever happened to "candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker". LOL!!!

Farmboy
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Farmboy 10/08/10 - 12:37 pm
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He was flirting with her? I

He was flirting with her? I would hate to see a full pick me up.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/08/10 - 01:33 pm
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So all of you would be ok

So all of you would be ok with a total stranger showing you pornography, without your consent? I wouldn't.

My guess is that because he used a State of SC-owned computer, and there probably is a policy against that- that's why he's getting the felony charge.

Most people don't like the idea of people downloading porn onto taxpayer-owned computers.

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airbud7 10/08/10 - 01:57 pm
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I don't think he downloaded

I don't think he downloaded them. It says (showing her obscene photos online) Students usually don't have administrative privileges to download file's. I still think he's a weird person. (perfect democratic nominee).

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flipa 10/08/10 - 04:16 pm
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This is what happens when

This is what happens when folks of color vote for nothing but a color.
Let’s see, Put porno right on the screen for the girl then ask to go to her room??? Hmm About par for a public school student that was told he was nothing but an animal using up to 50% of all property taxes you pay. Why are you folks so shocked? YOU paid for it, with your property taxes then and your about to send the next checks in for more of the same. No wonder I get yawns nowadays when I ask, “You come here often”. I’m using the wrong pick up lines… ah ahah

momster59
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momster59 10/08/10 - 04:22 pm
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flipa - excuse me but your

flipa - excuse me but your prejudice seems to be unzipped, could you please close it, it's embarrassing.

Don't you mean to say when any people choose a candidate solely due to color. However, I don't think he was voted in because of color so much as name recognition. His name is very close to a very popular singer. You don't know what the racial demographic was of the people who voted for him.

GGpap
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GGpap 10/08/10 - 04:41 pm
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chascush, you refer to the

chascush, you refer to the left as "Dumocrats"...which would tell me that you, and others on the right would have no problem supporting a Senator that supports a witch as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, and who would also restrict women from becoming teachers if they had bastard children, and who would also restrict men and women from the classroom if they had different sexual preferences than you do.

Chascush, I think you've really erred in your childish naming cuteness. I believe that you really know which party will actually cast the votes that will indeed re-elect Sen. DeMint in November.

And, in respect to the above, you call the democrats DUMB? Sheeesh!

GGpap

flipa
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flipa 10/08/10 - 08:49 pm
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momster wrote; "flipa -

momster wrote;
"flipa - excuse me but your prejudice seems to be unzipped, could you please close it, it's embarrassing."
(comedy)
After all those pills it is kinda bulky, thankfully they still consider it carry-on, ha haha...
Since voters seem to go for Porno Lovers like Greene maybe i should run as Buck Nekkid. Hahaha
I can’t help if facts are facts and they keep pointing out the facts
Lighten up momster, new health reports say laughter is good...

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 10/08/10 - 11:13 pm
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Sounds like a conservative

Sounds like a conservative goat roping. The man rushed the lady and she wasn't impressed. He showed her pornography pictures on a computer and she could have just walked away. And the so called pornography pictures may be nothing more than the usual fare on premium cable TV. Sounds more laughable than criminal.

airbud7
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airbud7 10/09/10 - 09:41 am
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Both charges stem from

Both charges stem from Greene's arrest last November, MONTHS BEFORE his surprise Democratic primary win. (Sorry no conservative goat roping, Just Good Timing he he he)

fontana
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fontana 10/09/10 - 10:06 am
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Greene will get 95% of the

Greene will get 95% of the black votes in SC.

1CowboyFan
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1CowboyFan 10/09/10 - 09:48 pm
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TYPICAL

TYPICAL

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