July 9th, 2010
05:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Alvin Greene retains counsel, stands by action figure jobs plan

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Washington (CNN) - South Carolina Democratic Senatorial nominee and political novice Alvin Greene has retained a private criminal defense attorney against charges he showed pornographic images to a college student last November.

Greene, who is unemployed, had come under scrutiny because he claimed he did not have enough funds to retain a lawyer after he was charged, but paid the $10,400 filing fee to run in the primary.

His June 4 victory stunned Democratic politicians in the state because they had never heard of him and saw no proof he had mounted any type of campaign. His primary opponent, Vic Rawl, tried to have the election overturned saying there were voting machine irregularities, but the state party denied the request.

The existence of the criminal charges came to light after the primary win. State Democratic leaders called for him to step aside, at the time afraid he would not mount a serious campaign against incumbent Republican Senator Jim DeMint.

Neither he nor the attorney, Eleazer Carter, will disclose whether Carter is being paid. Carter told CNN he is an acquaintance of Greene's father and took on the case three weeks ago.

"That is my business," Greene told CNN Friday in a telephone interview.

Greene has not had to enter a plea, and no trial date has been set. He has remained tight-lipped regarding the charges.

"I'm innocent until proven guilty.  And like I said, I'm concentrating on my campaign issues, jobs, education and justice," he told CNN in an interview in his Manning, South Carolina home last month. He refused to answer any more questions regarding the allegations.

Greene is charged with displaying pornographic material to a female University of South Carolina student on a computer in the school's library.

According to a report from the university police, Greene "told her to look at his computer screen." The report said the unidentified victim said there was pornographic images on the computer and told him "it was offensive and not funny" and then left the area. Greene allegedly asked if he could come to her room, according to the report.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is now investigating how Greene came up with the money needed to qualify for the primary ballot.

Greene, who was discharged from the U.S. military last year, raised more eyebrows this week when he suggested to The Guardian, a British newspaper, one idea to help create jobs in his state is to "make toys of me, especially for the holidays. Little dolls. Like maybe action dolls. Me in an army uniform, air force uniform, and me in my suit."

On Friday Greene did not back away from the idea.

"The reaction has been good. I am a true American hero and if any of the toy companies want to put something like that forward that would be good." He said he has not received any inquiries. He said it would help spur retail sales. "Just a good positive thing for the kids" is how he described it.

Greene said he has been occupied with interviews and will hold some public events but had no details.

"I am still busy organizing," he told CNN.

Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • South Carolina
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. MsDp

    I know he's pitiful and ignorant, but so is JIM DEMINT! LOL

    July 9, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. Mariann Pepitone

    Greg: Are you for real? Did you listen to him talk? No doubt most of the people that voted him in can't read the names of the candiates so they picked the first name. I am positive that republican candidate will win in November. But the democrats need to investigate his background and finances.

    July 9, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. Mariann Pepitone

    Laverne: I agree with your statement. Its too much of a mystery how he came from nowhere and won the primary. The only solution I have is the majority of the white people are waiting for November to vote for the republican candidate and Greene won by the majority of blacks. He probably knows he won't win but he is setting himself up for a political job in the democratic organization. Now, wouldn't it be something if Obama had a job for him in the WH.

    July 9, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. cobra

    This is so funny, the democrats finally found the most intelligent democrat in the country LOL

    July 9, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. Mariann Pepitone

    I just read that he called a British Newspaper suggesting that it would be a good idea to make toys of him to create jobs. Action toys, dolls and other. He said it would be good for the state of SC. All things are possible and it could happen. I believe he is trying to make a lot of money for himself because he doesn't plan to work and I wonder if he ever worked at all. He joined the service for a purpose and he now gets a good check.

    July 9, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. Mike in Iowa

    The entire Alvin Greene saga is so bizarre and intentionally/unintentionally funny you have to wonder if it's some kind of weird viral marketing campaign for Comedy Central or some website like "Funny or Die". I've been around candidates who have offered up lame economic development ideas – but none of them have ever suggested making action figures of themselves as the road to prosperity.

    Too funny.

    July 9, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. Not fooled

    Phoenix86--Obama is more ethical than, Mc Cain, Palin, Boehner,Mc Connel, Cantor, Lindal, Perry, Paul ,Sharon Angle, and the tea baggers combined. Rush, Beck, Hannity, Steele,O'reily I could be here all day. And You Phoenix86!!!!!!

    July 9, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. KateHikes

    We should have shipped all these mudpuppies back to Africa a LONG time ago. Nigs ain't nothing but trouble.

    July 9, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. Cynthia - Arkansas

    It is a crying shame when you have "open" primaries that allow REPUBLICANS to vote for the Democratis candidate. Only a Republican would have thought that one up. I find the whole thing sad. This man is obviously a paid tool for the Republicans and that is just mean. I guess they all had a big laugh out of this.

    July 9, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. The Unsub

    what's the world coming to?

    July 9, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Iseeyou

    It is obvious he is a mole planted by the RNC, he has absolutely no idea what he is doing. He is an embarassment to black people, I should know, I am BLACK!

    July 9, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    I don't know about you but any man that can win without running a campaign is a winner in my book. I would say he even has a chance to beat DeMint. I know I will vote for him early and often. That's the Republican way.

    July 9, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. MaryAnn In VA

    I think Mr Green is a plant to try and make black canadiates look unprepared and ignorant. He supposedly has a college degree but is so inarticulate that it is painful to watch him speak. Perhaps he is unstable emotionally but either way, the dems need to vet their canadiates more carefully in the future.

    July 9, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. Tony in Maine


    Does SC use those preloaded Diebold voting machines?

    July 9, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. Carrotroot

    Did the Democrats not any champagne ads in SC? Did they not have a platform to run on? If this guy won because his name was at the top of the ballot says a lot about how uninformed the Democratic electorate are in that State.

    July 9, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. hwy911

    I'm dying to know who's behind Greene. You know it's DeMint, but that he got help from some people in high places. The GOP is the master of chicanery.

    July 9, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  17. A HA

    Only in SC would this happen lol

    July 9, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. BeverlyNC

    This guy is a really bad joke. I hope the real Democratic candidate stands up soon. We can't let the racist do-nothing DeMint get re-elected.

    July 9, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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