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New prosecutor in Soles case, SBI focusing on two investigations

We now know who will be taking over as prosecutor in the RC Soles investigation, after Columbus County District Attorney Rex Gore stepped down Wednesday. The Attorney General's Special Prosecutions Section, led by Senior Deputy Jim Coman, has assumed responsibility for all cases related to Senator Soles. Coman has tried over 250 major criminal jury trials, primarily involving public corruption, murder, sexual assault, and white collar crime. Coman was one of 2 prosecutors in the Duke Lacrosse case after Mike Nifong asked to be removed from the case. He has served in the Attorney General's office for 24 years. Attorney General Roy Cooper said his prosecutors will conduct an impartial and thorough review of the evidence, and will make a decision based on the law and facts alone. Soles is the focus of two separate investigations being conducted by the SBI. The first was launched after a man told WWAY the senator tried to molest him when he was 15 years old. We have confirmation that the SBI is now looking into claims of a sexual assault from a second alleged victim. Soles is also the focus of a shooting investigation. Authorities were called to the senator's Tabor City home late last month after Soles shot 22-year-old Kyle Blackburn. The senator told investigators that Blackburn, a client of his law practice, was trying to break into his house. Blackburn told us he was leaving the senator's property when he was shot. Both investigations are ongoing, and the Attorney General's office said they would make no further comment about the case until decisions have been made regarding any prosecutions.

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R C Soles

Thank You , WWAY, for getting involved and bringing out things that should've been told long ago. Where is everyone's "common sense"? Why in the world would a grown man be having so much contact with young men, and putting out so much money. Not to mention money put out on ex-cons. People need to wake up and smell the coffee. But, I, guarantee you, Soles, will come out smelling like a rose. Nothing will be done at all. Hopefully, voters will take the step of putting someone in office with morals, and dignity. If, there is anyone left now days that has it. Seems like all public officials, have bones in the closet.


the Attorney General's comment. "...his prosecutors will make a decision based on law and fact..." Suppositions, half truths, street gossip, and all the "inside information" known only to the residents of Tabor City which would so change everyone's perception will have no place in the investigation. With the conflicting statements by folks such as B J Wright and the young man who first claimed and then recanted his allegation of molestation, the end result here will likely be an expenditure of tax payer dollars just to quench the thirst for blood of R C Soles. Tabor Citiites, start looking for a new form of entertainment. Any trial held will never be held in your area. If a trial were to be held, look for something called a change of venue. In the meantime, all the ones making posts calling for R C's scalp, what are you doing to hit him where it hurts -- the ballot box? Seems like nothing but posting street gossip. When he runs and is re-elected in 2010, the Voters and Republican Party can stand tall and claim responsibility for his sucessful re-election campaing. Republican Party -- the clock is ticking.


what not get someone to hear the cases on rc soles that has no ties to the carolinas. that is the only way that these boys will get a fair chance with the justices system.