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A federal jury in Charleston deliberated almost 11 hours Tuesday before finding former Hampton banker Russell Laffitte to be guilty on six federal fraud counts for aiding former lawyer Alex Murdaugh in a financial scheme that plundered client accounts of millions of dollars. 

Laffitte is expected to appeal the verdict that followed a three-week trial. Laffitte’s conviction makes him the first person connected to Murdaugh to be convicted of a crime. Murdaugh is also accused of murdering his wife and son.

Meanwhile, in another Murdaugh-related case, the wrongful death lawsuit trial of Mallory Beach has been delayed due to the murder trial of Murdaugh in January. 

In other headlines:

Graham testifies in Georgia probe investigation. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., testified in a Georgia court Tuesday morning as part of an investigation into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Charleston oral history project honors Black businesses. The Charleston Oral History Project is collecting stories to amplify the stories of the city’s Black businesses along the Cannon-Sprint Street corridor and Morris Street downtown.

How private chefs operate. An in-depth look into the lives of private chefs and how they conduct business in the kitchen in clients’ homes.

Charleston funds ID scanning for King Street bars. Charleston City Council unanimously has approved putting $40,000 toward a contract with ID scanner company Intellicheck. The six month pilot program will begin in December to help King Street bars tackle underage drinking and spot fake IDs.

Experts concerned about pandemic over holiday travels. Health experts across the country are worried that mass holiday travel and big family gatherings may accelerate the current “tripledemic” of RSV, flu and Covid-19. Meanwhile, South Carolina officials reported 2,790 new Covid cases and 16 deaths in the last week.

Transitional prison program awarded $100K. Turn 90, a nonprofit dedicated to helping give recently released prisoners a second chance in the workforce was awarded a $100,000 grant to help fund its economic mobility. Turn 90 also just opened a second branch in Columbia.

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