COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gov. Henry McMaster has suspended City of Columbia councilman Moe Baddourah after being indicted on a second-degree domestic violence charge.
According to the executive order, the indictment is a violation of section 16-25-20 of the South Carolina Code of Laws.
Baddourah, according to Section 8 of the South Carolina Constitution, "may be suspended by the Governor until he shall have been acquitted."
Following the suspension, Baddourah released a statement saying it was "troubling" that McMaster would suspend him for a misdemeanor without a conviction.
It's important to remember that at no point prior to the indictment or the suspension order have we been given an opportunity to present our case or any evidence. Once given a chance to defend myself, I'm confident that the facts will support my innocence. The accusation against me is false and appears to be designed to impact my custody case. I never assaulted my wife or touched her in any way."