Former Deputy Solicitor Anthony Odom

Former Deputy Solicitor Anthony Odom

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AP Update

Evans, GA

#1 Aug 6, 2007
Here's the recent news on this:

McMaster tells task force to keep working despite judge's ruling
The Associated Press
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SPARTANBURG, S.C.--
South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster is telling members of a task force that targets Internet sex predators to continue their work despite a judge's ruling that could put the cases in jeopardy.

Circuit Judge Mark Hayes ruled last month that investigators incorrectly used a federal law to get the identity of a suspect accused of trying to solicit sex from an undercover officer posing as a 13-year-old girl.

McMaster has appealed the ruling but acknowledged that most pending cases would be threatened if the decision stands.

"Frankly, it's a much worse scenario than we originally thought," said McMaster spokesman Mark Plowden. "The consequences of that order being upheld are dire."

The judge's ruling came in the case of 33-year-old former prosecutor Anthony Clark Odom, who was charged with criminal solicitation of a minor after authorities said he used the Internet to try to entice what he thought was a 13-year-old girl to have sex with him.

Hayes ruled the federal law authorities used to get subscriber information from Odom's phone company and Internet provider was not supported by South Carolina law, and he wouldn't allow the information to be used at Odom's trial. Prosecutors said they need the information to link Odom to the online chats.

The federal law only requires a judge to sign a document. Hayes ruled state law requires a higher standard, including probable cause and submitting a sworn oath, to obtain similar evidence.

The task force made its 85th arrest Thursday - 75-year-old Donald Joseph Murphy of North Charleston was charged with one count of criminal solicitation of a minor.

Of the previous arrests, 24 have resulted in guilty pleas and two defendants have been found guilty at trial, Plowden said.

In his letter to the task force, McMaster noted that the use of the federal "d-order" has been upheld by another South Carolina Circuit Court judge.

"No one can guarantee the outcome of an appeal, but I am confident that our d-order process is sound and will continue to utilize it vigorously to prosecute these sexual predators of children," McMaster wrote.
Justice for Pdom

Evans, GA

#2 Aug 9, 2007
If Anthony Odom was communicating with the undercover cop who was lying about his age for four months, it seems like he would have been able to talk him into meeting him somewhere. One can only conclude that Anthony Odom was playing him also and never had any intention of meeting nor sexually abusing a minor. You really can't believe everything you read on the Internet.
Incarcerate Odom

Lavonia, GA

#3 Aug 9, 2007
Anthony Odom new full well what he was doing and new the implications. He's a damn former Solicitor??? Com'on guys, are you that freaking ignorant and blind?? This guy was getting his rocks off to what he thought was a 13 yr old. What does that say about his character? I think I'll prosecute people and put them away for 20 yrs for doing the same damn thing he was doing???

That doesn't piss anyone off?? It's like Solicitor Donnie Myers in Lexington County. That crooked bastard has been doing all kinds of illegal stuff and it's gonna catch up with him sooner or later. DWI in NC, open container violations. I mean these same individuals will try to get your ass as many years as possible for doing the same thing they are doing every day!!!

Edgefield county is one of the most corrupt bunch of yahoos in SC. Or at least used to be when Billy Parker and his crew were there. There's a 6yr long investigation going on there. Everyone needs to stand up against these corrupt officials. They are passing laws, and enforcing laws to lock up anyone and everyone and breaking them at the same time.

They think they are above the law. They need to be shown that they are not.
Incarcerate Odom

Lavonia, GA

#4 Aug 9, 2007
Anthony Clark Odom is guilty at least of being a friggin perve if nothing else. He needs to have his right to own, use, and access a computer or the Intetner removed for some period of time. I don't know how long but however long is decided. He shouldn't be allowed to prosecute or assist in the prosecution of anyone.

How can you server the people effectively with those kind of morals and judgement. How can you be trusted to serve the people honestly and effectively. You have to have the trust of the people and that he does not after these accusations. Regardless of anything, he did it. The task force has his ass dead to right.

At least I can say for Donnie Myers, he admitted to his guilt, asked for no leniency or mercy.

Quoted directly from Myers:

"It is my belief that a person should accept responsibility and be held accountable for his or her actions. For over 30 years, I have argued for the accountability of others in some of the most heinous crimes our state has seen. This principle applies even more to me. I have taken responsibility and held myself accountable for my actions."

"I believe in our criminal justice system. It is a fair one that gives a person the right to have a jury decide his or her fate. But I never considered asking a judge or jury to decide the issues. I decided them myself. Faced with a difficult decision the early morning hours of April 29th, I made the wrong choice. I made a mistake. I was wrong. I am solely to blame. I alone am responsible. Therefore, on Wednesday I pled guilty to impaired driving in Asheville."

Donnie Myers

I got to give it to him, thats a man with integrity of some sorts at least. Anthony Odom should learn something from Donnie.
Rights

Evans, GA

#5 Aug 9, 2007
It doesn't seem right that someone's rights under the SC State Constitution can be ignored in order to invade their privacy. If this were the case, it seems we could just do away with our state constitution and only depend on the U.S. constitution to protect our civil liberties and individual rights.
Integrity

Evans, GA

#6 Aug 10, 2007
The adult men and women who are posing as 13 year old minors have questionable honesty and integrity. This is nothing more than an illegal entrapment scheme. If an 18 year old man or woman in prison had access to the Internet and was communicating inappropriately with one of these liars, even though there is no possible way that they could actually meet nor assault a minor since they are confined, they would be guilty of a crime. Lord help us when the Republicans figure out a way to read people's minds.
feds

Paris, France

#7 Aug 10, 2007
why are the feds working on cases that are based on state law?
Nobody

Grovetown, GA

#8 Aug 18, 2007
Incarcerate Odom wrote:
Anthony Clark Odom is guilty at least of being a friggin perve if nothing else. He needs to have his right to own, use, and access a computer or the Intetner removed for some period of time. I don't know how long but however long is decided. He shouldn't be allowed to prosecute or assist in the prosecution of anyone.
How can you server the people effectively with those kind of morals and judgement. How can you be trusted to serve the people honestly and effectively. You have to have the trust of the people and that he does not after these accusations. Regardless of anything, he did it. The task force has his ass dead to right.
At least I can say for Donnie Myers, he admitted to his guilt, asked for no leniency or mercy.
Quoted directly from Myers:
"It is my belief that a person should accept responsibility and be held accountable for his or her actions. For over 30 years, I have argued for the accountability of others in some of the most heinous crimes our state has seen. This principle applies even more to me. I have taken responsibility and held myself accountable for my actions."
"I believe in our criminal justice system. It is a fair one that gives a person the right to have a jury decide his or her fate. But I never considered asking a judge or jury to decide the issues. I decided them myself. Faced with a difficult decision the early morning hours of April 29th, I made the wrong choice. I made a mistake. I was wrong. I am solely to blame. I alone am responsible. Therefore, on Wednesday I pled guilty to impaired driving in Asheville."
Donnie Myers
I got to give it to him, thats a man with integrity of some sorts at least. Anthony Odom should learn something from Donnie.
you're stupid. under your logic everyone who is charged with a crime should admit guilt and accept a sentence. you're a pinhead under your system we would never need to have a trial for anyone in this country. you must be a dumba** cop!!!
2 cents worth

Chattanooga, TN

#9 Aug 18, 2007
We will never know if meeting up with the person was ever Mr. Odom's intent. The Spartanburg Police may as well have had the Police Chief of Columbia and his family running this investigation. It is clear that they were too eager to catch what they think to be a Big fish, they left their hook in the tackle box.
McMaster feels that dismissing this case will comprimise other investigations.Donny Myers and many other attorneys are allowed to practice laws that they will never follow.
Mr. Odom demonstrated integrity to me with an effort that he did for my family concerning a legal matter.
Other attorneys laws in SC that they will never follow. Between Bring you son to investigation and cocaine in the capital, being accused of talking to a cop posing as a child doesn't seem so bad.
Gryphon

Evans, GA

#10 Aug 18, 2007
this reminds me of the time we labeled everyone with an opinion other than our own as a communist. I guess Judge Mark Hayes who determined that Anthony Odom's privacy rights were violated is a predator. Also, Jack Swerling, the attorney who's defending Anthony Odom is a predator too. However, the lying dog cop who posed as a 13 year old teenager on the Internet and who probably enjoyed sharing his/her childhood sexual fantasys during 4 months of chatting, is a Christian saint who should be given the medal of honor.
What

Sumter, SC

#11 Aug 21, 2007
I would be interested to see the stats on how many preditors meet their victims online. It just seems that most of the molestations in the news are preachers, teachers and daycare workers.
I do not support individuals who use the internet to meet a partner of any age.
There just seems to be a lot of effort being put into these internet stings in the name of keeping kids safe.
It seems logical that Federal law should mandate that any profile that is assigned to someone under the age of 18 years old should have an automatic spell check type of setting that automatically locks or cancels and account from this age group if any profanity or sexual content is discussed.
I have two daughters and do not feel that the amount of press that the "preditor sting operations" get are making the world a safer place.
winner warlock

Joanna, SC

#15 Aug 28, 2007
teachers are very vulnerable to these sort of allegations. often times when teenagers don't get what they want they will make false allegations against you and there are people in our society who wear blinders, don't have children of their own, and who are quick to accept the story and hang another dedicated teacher. actually if you look at this social behavior many times its the gays and lesbians who push this agenda of severely prosecuting the teacher or preacher, who's a homosexual with a wife and several children, not so much so because of the allegation or to protect the alleged victim, but rather to make a point about human sexuality.
Appalled

Aiken, SC

#16 Aug 30, 2007
Integrity wrote:
The adult men and women who are posing as 13 year old minors have questionable honesty and integrity. This is nothing more than an illegal entrapment scheme. If an 18 year old man or woman in prison had access to the Internet and was communicating inappropriately with one of these liars, even though there is no possible way that they could actually meet nor assault a minor since they are confined, they would be guilty of a crime. Lord help us when the Republicans figure out a way to read people's minds.
I hope someone will learn to read minds; that would be great....maybe we can find the perverts before one more child is molested! Can you honestly say that that would be bad? Unfortunately, the criminal mind has stayed one or two steps ahead of those who try to protect us.
So my brilliant Democrat, how do you propose to stop the pervs from destroying the innocence in children?
man of character

Joanna, SC

#17 Aug 31, 2007
anthony odom did some work for our family and he was very professional and honest. we think that he's a man of character and that they just took this too far in some kind of entrapment sting.
Common Sense

West Columbia, SC

#18 Nov 1, 2007
Did Anthony Odom drive in a car and attempt to meet anyone. If the answer is no, then why are we wasting our time? What are we spending resource to prevent? To me, a crucial issue is whether the person takes an actual action rather than chatting on the internet. From my understanding reading this case, he was chatting in an adult chat room no less.
Unlawful Conduct

Augusta, GA

#19 Nov 2, 2007
If this task force continues to break south carolina state law then SLED should charge them with misconduct in office. One of the 46 circuit court judges has already told them their actions are a violation of a citizen's right to privacy as protected in our state's constitution. This is no different from a trooper stoping someone and without probable cause demanding to search the trunk of their car. Unlawful! Unlawful!! Unlawful!!!
David N

Augusta, GA

#20 Nov 3, 2007
If these police officers are willing to lie on the Internet to trick someone into believing they are 13 year olds, then how do they expect the public to believe anything they say to a jury. Unethical behavior should not be a means to making news and an arrest.
More Info

Savannah, GA

#21 Nov 12, 2007
Anyone read the order in the case...why is it not in the news?
More Info

Savannah, GA

#22 Nov 12, 2007
epc

Augusta, GA

#23 Jan 17, 2008
What up with this case?

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