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Ex-SC State trustee’s corruption trial ending

COLUMBIA (AP) — The public corruption case of a former South Carolina State University trustee is about to go to a federal jury.

Prosecutors began their closing statements Friday morning. They accuse Jonathan Pinson of using a low-income Columbia housing project, a Marion County diaper plant and his position at South Carolina State to take money for himself.

Defense attorneys plan to make closing statements later Friday.

Authorities say Pinson used his position to try to get the university to buy land from a Florida developer so he could get a Porsche SUV as a thank you gift.

Pinson’s lawyer said in his opening statement that Pinson didn’t profit from any of the schemes alleged by prosecutors.

The defense called no witnesses, while prosecutors put on their case for nine days.

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