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While there can be only one solicitor, there were two deputy solicitors when Ralph Hoisington died last year — and both had eyes on his seat. Scarlett Wilson, who was then the chief deputy solicitor, won the appointment by Gov. Mark Sanford to finish out Hoisington’s term. Now, she’ll face former Deputy Solicitor Blair Jennings, who ran the district’s Berkeley office until Wilson asked for his resignation last summer.

Two recent debates have included questions about Wilson’s role in securing 10-year prison sentences for two Wando High students on armed robbery charges. The questions have centered on criticism that the setenencing may have been too severe. Wilson has said the sentencing was in line with what Hoisington had been weighing before he got sick. She’s more concerned with Jennings’ refusal to say whether the sentencing was appropriate.

While he continues to assert that he doesn’t know anymore about the case than anyone else who reads the paper, Jennings told the City Paper that the criticism may be out of line from others who are just as uninformed about the case.

“You’ve got a lot of people making justifications without knowing all the information,” he says.