Separate trials requested in SC State case

      By MEG KINNARDAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A man charged in a public corruption case involving South Carolina State University wants to be tried separately from a former trustee.

      Attorneys for Eric Robinson argue in court papers filed recently that being tried alongside Jonathan Pinson would "unfairly and irreparably prejudice" their client.

      Robinson and Pinson have been charged as part of a kickback scheme involving the Orangeburg school. The federal government says Robinson conspired to get kickbacks for Pinson in exchange for his assurance that Robinson's entertainment company would be used to promote a 2011 homecoming concert at S.C. State.

      Both men have pleaded not guilty. Federal prosecutors say Robinson hasn't made enough of an argument that being tried with Pinson would violate his rights. They also say multiple trials would cost the public unnecessary funds.


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