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Prosecutor: Simpsonville mayor intimidated judge

GREENVILLE (AP) — Prosecutors say Simpsonville Mayor Perry Eichor has been indicted after he tried to influence a municipal judge to rule a certain way.

Solicitor Walt Wilkins didn’t give details about the case Wednesday, but said someone in power trying to undermine a judge’s impartiality affects the entire judicial system.

A grand jury indicted the 78-year-old mayor on charges of obstruction of justice, misconduct of a public official and intimidation of a court official. The intimidation charge is a felony, while the rest are misdemeanors.

Gov. Nikki Haley suspended Eichor from office Wednesday.

Eichor was elected mayor of Simpsonville in December 2011. He spent decades in federal and local law enforcement before becoming a consultant 15 years ago.

His lawyer didn’t return a phone message Wednesday.

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