by Chris Haire
Addressing S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster's campaign to eliminate parole in the state, Aiken Country Solicitor Strom Thurmond Jr. let it be known that, like Gaius Baltar, God has a plan for him.
The Aiken Standard reports:
Solicitor Strom Thurmond Jr., speaking to the Aiken Republican Club at a luncheon Monday, said he is "conceptually behind truth in sentencing" changes being championed by Attorney General Henry McMaster. However, Thurmond said there "needs to be a study" on the subject as "the devil is in the details."
"Everyone in the courtroom should understand the sentence," Thurmond said.
McMaster has been making the rounds at GOP gatherings around the state, trumpeting a scheme to do away with parole and move toward a federal-type scheme in which offenders serve a minimum 85 percent sentence. Currently imprisoned individuals who have not committed a violent or serious crime are eligible for parole after 25 percent of their sentence.
Thurmond told his fellow Republicans that his job as second circuit solicitor is all he really wanted and that "God's plan for me was to be a lawyer and a prosecutor."