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Privileged to cover federal civil rights trial
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Columbia, S.C., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, 2:49 p.m. -- It has been my privilege during most of the last week to report on the trial of former KCSO Sgt. Oddie Tribble Jr. on a charge that he denied a Camden man’s civil rights by beating him 27 times with an asp baton. It is a privilege not because of the outcome -- which I actually do not know as I write this -- but because of the fact that it has been held in Courtroom II of the Matthew J. Perry Jr. U.S. Courthouse. It is not so much for the courthouse’s beauty (although it certainly is beautiful) but, rather, the fact that it is a federal courthouse.