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Judge Rules Against Defense Motion In Case Against Former Oconee County Sheriff Candidate

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A judge has ruled against a defense attorney's motion to release the SLED file of former Oconee County Sheriff's candidate James Bartee. A judge has ruled against a defense attorney's motion to release the SLED file of former Oconee County Sheriff's candidate James Bartee.
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A judge has ruled against a motion made by attorney's for former Oconee County Sheriff's candidate James Bartee.

According to our news coverage partners at the Anderson Independent-Mail, Judge J.C. "Buddy" Nicholson ruled that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division does not have to turn over material the agency has compiled in a file against Bartee to his defense attorney. The newspaper reports that Nicholson said that the SLED filed "contained no Brady material or any other material that is necessary for the State to turn over under the South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure."

The Independent-Mail reports that the judge's order does not disclose what material Bartee's attorney's were seeking by gaining access to his SLED file. However, the newspaper reports that Nicholson does state in his ruling that the court obtained a copy of Bartee's SLED file and nothing relating to the case against Bartee, who has been charged with plotting to kidnap retired Judge James Williams, was discovered.

Bartee was arrested on May 30, 2012 and charged with soliciting a felony after SLED agents allegedly gathered evidence against Bartee with the help of an informant. At the time of his arrest, Bartee was one of four candidates vying for the Republican nomination for sheriff of Oconee County.

To read the entire article from our news coverage partners at the Anderson Independent-Mail, click here.

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