Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A municipal court judge denied a motion filed on behalf of SC NAACP President Lonnie Randolph.
The motion charges that Columbia City prosecutors currently assigned to the case "compromise prosecutorial objectivity."
"I'm not accusing the City Attorney's Office of misconduct," said Randolph's deense attorney Joe McCulloch outside the courtroom on Wednesday, "what I'm saying is that there are forces at work here - political forces, involvement of witnesses - that loyalty of the City Attorney's to protect the City from suit, that are all considerations that simply shouldn't be on the table [sic]."
McCulloch also noted that at least one witness he named on a list of about a dozen or so people he expects to call during the trial has not been called by City prosecutors.
McCulloch said that witness had reached out to prosecutors at more than one phone number and had not had his calls returned.
The judge in this case said he expected the trial on the charges against Randolph to begin sometime in September.