Ex-SC State trustee's corruption trial ending

By JEFFREY COLLINSAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The public corruption case of a former South Carolina State University trustee is winding down.

Prosecutors accuse Jonathan Pinson of taking money by using his position with the university, as well as a low-income Columbia housing project and a Marion County diaper plant.

Authorities say Pinson used his position to try to get the school to buy land from a Florida developer so he could get a Porsche SUV as a thank-you gift.

In their closing arguments, defense attorneys say Pinson never benefited from any of the deals that prosecutors accused him of making. They also said several co-defendants exaggerated Pinson's role to authorities to avoid prison time.

The defense called no witnesses. Prosecutors took nine days to present their case.

Jury deliberations are not expected until Monday.

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