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Steve Benjamin maintains he will speak after Pinson trial

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While the mayor has not been charged with anything, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has maintained he will not speak currently about what's been said in the Pinson trial. While the mayor has not been charged with anything, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has maintained he will not speak currently about what's been said in the Pinson trial.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Throughout the trial of former South Carolina State University board chairman Jonathan Pinson, much of the testimony hasn't been about the man on trial at all, but instead about his former business partner, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.

While the mayor has not been charged with anything, Benjamin has maintained he will not speak about what's been said in the trial until it is over.

Instead, Benjamin released a statement just several hours after one man's testimony at the Pinson trial claimed the mayor and others traveled to Orlando where they went to a strip club, then brought two women back to their hotel room in December 2010.

"Mayor Benjamin is being prayerful and patient," Benjamin spokesman Michael Wukela said in a statement. "As a potential witness in this trial, he wants to respect the judicial process and allow it to run its course."

Benjamin, who has been subpoenaed in this trial, has yet to approach the witness stand.

The mayor has been out of town for the past several days. He visited Washington DC to stand in support of Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, then jetted to Dallas to take part in a mayor's conference until Tuesday where he finally emerged at a routine Columbia City Council meeting.

We caught up with Benjamin on Wednesday night where he had very few words to add to his statement.

"I just want to be clear, as soon as this trial's over, I'm going to fully engage the media and even more importantly the public," said Benjamin. "I think it's important for the trial to run its course without any interference from the outside."

The Pinson trial appears to be wrapping up, but it's not known when or if Benjamin will be called to testify.

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