Former state Sen. Bill Branton was ordered Thursday to pay $15,000 in damages to former Dorchester County Council Chairman Skip Elliott in a libel suit, according to an order handed down by First Circuit Judge James Williams.
The lawsuit stems from the 2006 Dorchester County Council District 7 race where Elliott claimed he was libeled by Branton in campaign literature in June of that year.
This is the second situation arising from Branton’s County Council campaign. Last July, he was fined an undisclosed amount and found in violation on four counts of state ethics laws that require filing campaign contribution forms.
- Summerville Journal-Scene (2/14/08)
This time, the culprits got caught, and paid dearly for their games. If only it happened like this more often.