T-Rav’s Not Guilty Plea July 7, 2007Posted by fitsnews in SC Politics.
HIGH-PROFILE DRAMA ONLY GOING TO EXPAND IN INTENSITY
FITSNews – July 7, 2007 – A few weeks ago, a friend of ours from Missouri called wondering why there was nothing on our website about the ongoing saga of State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel. Well, we reported on Ravenel’s indictment as soon as it happened (here) and turned the mic over to his friend and former advisor Sic Willie the very next day to get some personal perspective on the matter (here). Needless to say, both articles were among the most widely-read posts in the history of FITSNews.
Now that Ravenel’s attorneys have entered a “not guilty” plea on his behalf, we’re writing about him again. And while we won’t be publishing pictures of rolled-up $100 bills hovering above lines of white powder with the caption “That’s How T-Rav Rolls” (as some have suggested we do), when news breaks on this story we’re going to cover it. At the same time, we’re going to continue urging people to keep our friend and his family in their thoughts and prayers as they navigate their way through this intensely trying time.
Many were surprised to hear of Ravenel’s “not guilty” plea given the fact that he has voluntarily checked himself into a drug rehabilitation center in Arizona. In fact, we’ve gotten numerous calls and e-mails from people wanting to know whether or not we thought this was a case of T-Rav sending “mixed messages.” We don’t. The reality is that “not guilty” pleas are often entered by attorneys in an effort to view all of the evidence collected by authorities pertaining to a case.
Over the past few weeks, speculation concerning the evidence against T-Rav has reached a fever pitch within South Carolina political circles. The biggest question seems to be the focus of the investigation – specifically whether it is targeted at busting open a criminal drug ring or part of an effort to unearth the names of other political figures who are rumored to have used drugs.
What seems clear is that investigators are looking for something from Ravenel and his co-defendant Michael Miller, and they are likely leveraging evidence collected against the two of them to get at what they want.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard from a number of sources close to the investigation, but none of them would speak with us on the record or even permit us to publish their statements anonymously.
And not one of them so much as hinted at the investigation’s ultimate objective …
Suffice it to say, the T-Rav drama is likely to get worse before it gets better. All we can say is we hope it is as painless as possible for our friend, and that at some point in the near future he can rehabilitate his failings, reclaim his life and recapture his tremendous promise and potential.