South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents investigated alleged threats of violence against the state Supreme Court judge John Few – as well as allegations that Few’s apartment was “bugged”, several sources familiar with this ongoing investigation told our media this week.
However, have few really been threatened with violence? Or spied on?
Given that criminal charges are not expected in connection with this investigation, it seems unlikely.
Nor does it appear that it was the judge who conducted the investigation of these allegations.
According to our sources, the focus of the SLED investigation – the ex-husband of Few’s ex-wife, Stephanie Y. Few – was informed by agents that he will not to be charged criminally in connection with the investigation, which appears to result from filings in a contentious Lowcountry family court case.
We contacted Stephanie Few’s ex-husband – Steve Eames from Charleston, SC – seeking comments on the investigation, but we did not receive a response immediately.
We didn’t even receive an answer right away from Few … although she and Eames are certainly welcome to use our open microphone anytime they wish.
According to our sources, SLED began its investigation into Eames in August 2019, just before a lawsuit was filed in the family court case mentioned above. Eames was interrogated in July 2020 in connection with the investigation, which focused on complaints that he was “harassing” justice and reportedly spying on the judge and his new wife (the few got married last October).
Few, 57, were elected to the bench in February 2016 – one of the few pro-free market judges appointed by the SC General Assembly ostensibly “republican” in recent years.
Sources familiar with the investigation tell us that Eames was accused of using a child Gizmo watch to conduct “electronic espionage” at the Fews at the judge’s residence in downtown Columbia, SC. However, we are informed that SLED conducted diagnostic tests on the device in question and determined that it was unable to perform the “espionage” as alleged.
As a result, the agency reportedly informed Eames on December 14, 2020 that it would not be seeking an arrest warrant for allegations of electronic espionage.
SLED sources inform us that this case was referred to the agency by the judicial division of the SC Protection Services Office (SCBPS) – which in turn is a division of the SC Public Security Department (SCDPS).
What about the family court case that sparked the investigation?
A divorce case involving Eames and Few has remained active in the Charleston County court system for the past decade and was scheduled to receive a “final hearing” on March 2, 2020 – just before the coronavirus pandemic effectively closed the state’s judicial system. from Palmetto.
According to our sources, the case of the family court is in limbo pending the outcome of the SLED survey – which has not yet been formally closed.
In addition to her famous husband, Stephanie Few is known on her own merits as a lawyer in the Charleston, SC, Womble Bond Dickinson. She is also among the founding members of SC Women in Leadership, a group that should be heavily involved in the next debate over the redesign of the political borders of the state of Palmetto – also known as “redistricting”.
In addition, a promotional video released by his law firm singled out Few as a “hopeful future governor”.
“It is known for harboring political aspirations,” a source close to the Fews told this media.
According to our sources, the Fews formally separated earlier this year, after less than a year of marriage – and are moving forward with the divorce process in 2021.
As we noted in our original report, news of their separation surprised many Palmetto politicians, as Stephanie Few praised her husband in a 2020 blog post as “brilliant and loving” – as well as a man who “loves a strong woman”.
The few were also described as “affectionate” by those who saw them together in public.
This news outlet will continue to follow this case as it develops and provide our readers with additional updates as they become available …
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