The Feds refused to indict powerful S.C. Senator Hugh Leatherman’s son-in-law, John Hardee. However, Hardee, a former South Carolina transportation commissioner could face new charges in state court.
Hardee served two stints on the Department of Transportation Commission from 1998 to 2007 and from 2014 to 2018. Facts that emerged in a federal court case of which Hardee was given probation could be the focus of a new state investigation.
In that case, a confidential witness told federal investigators that he paid Hardee money and that the payments were intended to be bribes.
Evidence shows Hardee was acting as a consultant for the unnamed witness to help introduce him to other government officials.
It’s illegal under state law for companies that lobby South Carolina’s government to keep state officials on retainer.