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Union Co. Sheriff: General Sessions Judges A “Joke”

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A Union man was arrested Thursday on drug charges, six days after pleading guilty to a similar crime, prompting the Union County Sheriff to call General Sessions Court judges “a joke.” A Union man was arrested Thursday on drug charges, six days after pleading guilty to a similar crime, prompting the Union County Sheriff to call General Sessions Court judges “a joke.”
Sheriff David Taylor stated in a news release Monday that Demorris Keshun Davis’ third drug related arrest since 2009 came October 24. Sheriff David Taylor stated in a news release Monday that Demorris Keshun Davis’ third drug related arrest since 2009 came October 24.
UNION COUNTY, S.C. -

A Union man was arrested Thursday on drug charges, six days after pleading guilty to a similar crime, prompting the Union County Sheriff to call General Sessions Court judges “a joke.”

Sheriff David Taylor stated in a news release Monday that Demorris Keshun Davis’ third drug related arrest since 2009 came October 24.

According to Taylor, Davis was pulled over for a window tint violation when deputies noticed the smell of marijuana coming from inside his vehicle. When questioned about it, Davis told them he had 5 ounces of marijuana inside the car.

Davis was booked in the Union County jail where he is awaiting a bond hearing.

Sheriff Taylor voiced his concern stating this type of repeated criminal behavior has to be addressed in the judicial system.

“The Sheriff’s Office has done their job to catch these people and the Solicitor’s Office has done their job to get these cases before a circuit Judge, and the judges are putting them back on the streets to continue living a life of crime in our community,” Taylor stated. “Our criminal court judges need to be held accountable by the people they represent. Our Magistrate Court judges do an outstanding job in our county but General Sessions Court judges are a joke!”

Taylor continued by saying the people who elect the sheriff and solicitors are tired of the injustice and lackadaisical sentences the judges are handing down.

Taylor said none of the circuit judges live in Union County and that's part of the problem.

"They don't worry about this county until they come back here to have court again," he said.

The sheriff hopes a bill passed in the SC Senate goes into law next year. It would change conditions on bond for repeat offenders. 

That bill now sits in the House.   

Attempts to reach the circuit court judge who handed down the probationary sentence to Davis were not successful.

Read about another recent repeat offender case in Union Co. here: Sheriff: Union Man Sets House On Fire, Mother Inside

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