SC pardon too late for city councilman kicked out of office

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CHESTER, S.C. (AP) — A judge kicked a man convicted of a felony off a small town city council in South Carolina, even though the man has been pardoned for his crimes.

The problem is William R. King II’s pardon came n 2018, after he was elected to the Chester City Council, Judge William A. McKinnon ruled.

King was found guilty 27 times for felony fraudulent checks charges between 1999 and 2004, according to court records obtained by The Herald of Rock Hill.

The South Carolina Constitution bars felons from serving in public office.

King was elected to a four-year term on the Chester City Council starting in May 2017, but a group called Chester Citizens for Ethical Government sued in 2018, saying King was not qualified.

King was pardoned for the felonies in October 2018, according to the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.

McKinnon ruled since King’s felonies were still on his record when he ran for office in 2017, he was not qualified to be on the City Council.

King told the newspaper that his story “speaks for itself.”


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