Former Orangeburg councilman wants out probation reduced

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. — The former Orangeburg County councilman who served a year in prison for bribery and extortion has asked a judge to cut short his three-year supervised release.

In a letter filed with the court Monday, John Rickenbacker told a federal judge that his work as a constituent liaison for U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn proves that he can stay out of trouble.

Rickenbacker also apologizes for his crime.

Clyburn hired Rickenbacker after the former councilman was released from prison.

Rickenbacker was indicted in 2006 on charges he took $50,000 in bribes from an agent posing as a consultant for a company interested in buying a local hospital.

Rickenbacker pleaded guilty. He has two years left on his three-year probation sentence.


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