BEAUFORT, S.C. — The prosecutor leading an investigation of corruption at the South Carolina Statehouse has asked the judge who presided in the case of former House majority leader Rick Quinn Jr. to step aside.

David Pascoe made the request Wednesday at a hearing in Beaufort where he asked Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen to consider a stiffer penalty for Quinn, who resigned in December and pleaded guilty to one count of misconduct in office.

Mullen sentenced Quinn to two years of probation, 500 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine

Pascoe questioned Mullen’s impartiality Wednesday, but she refused to step down.

She adjourned the hearing after about 90 minutes without making a decision on a possible stiffer sentence.

Pascoe tried unsuccessfully to argue Feb. 12 that Quinn deserved a stiffer sentence.

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