Friday in Mt. Pleasant

For the first time in many years, I am back in a courtroom. At one time I covered killers and other scoundrals. Today, I am watching the trial of five men accused of violating South Carolina’s gambling statute.

The charge is a misdemeanor. If convicted, the guys will more than likely pay a small fine. If you hadn’t gathered by my presence in the Lowcountry, this trial is about much more than a misdemeanor. Though I don’t feel like typing it all on my iPhone’s screen, this is a case that has one of poker’s bigger names as an expert witness and more than a couple Perry Mason moments.

I miss being in a courtroom. After years of doing this on TV, it feels really good to be back in my current capacity as a…whatever I am.

I have to get back inside.

Happy weekend, all.

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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4 Responses

  1. KenP says:

    OK, there is no meanazz news director pushing your buttons but where is the news?

    You may not be a newsy any more but you have the teaser down better than TV news does around here. (And they are annoying good at teasers.)

  2. otis says:


    Wasn’t my intention to tease. Long story short…judge declared poker a game of skill, but didn’t rule on guilt or innocence. That will happen this coming week. I was there writing for a magazine, so my article won’t be out for a bit.

    You probably aren’t much for the social networking, but I did update everything on my Twitter feed. You can find that…

  3. emme says:

    Hi Otis-

    It’s not like you to have such a blatant typo. Feeling OK?

    “Mt. Pleasant”


  4. Grange95 says:

    Whoah! You were THERE for this poker litigation boondoggle?!?! I feel like you’ve been holding out on me for years!

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