Judge Seals Affidavit in Metts Case

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A federal judge has ordered that the affidavit and attachments in the James Metts case be sealed and kept out of public view.

Prosecutors asked for the information to be sealed saying it would jeopardize an ongoing investigation to allow the public to see its contents.

The judge agreed and ordered that only "working copies" be available to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the FBI, Homeland Security, and other law enforcement agencies designated by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The longtime Lexington County Sheriff is accused of accepting bribes in exchange for helping illegal immigrants avoid being properly processed at the Lexington County jail.

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Federal court documents also outline some of the items seized from the sheriff's department. They include computers, cassettes from a recorder attached to a telephone, and files.

Some of the files included campaign notes, indictments, a folder on the jail's immigration enforcement program, and a memo titled "Video Gaming, sweepstakes and related enterprises."

Metts' first court appearance is scheduled for July 1.


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