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April 4, 2014

Judge in Wilson-Harrell matter awaiting briefs

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

A judge is still awaiting briefs before scheduling another hearing to decide whether S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson should be disqualified from prosecuting a State Grand Jury investigation of House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

The State Grand Jury office announced Friday that once both sides have submitted briefs arguing their sides of the case, a court date for hearing oral arguments will be scheduled.

Circuit Court Judge Casey Manning asked both sides to submit briefs following a March 21 preliminary hearing in Richland County where both sides made oral arguments on whether Wilson should be removed from Harrell's State Grand Jury investigation.

The investigation follows a State Law Enforcement Division inquiry into allegations that Harrell misused his office and campaign money. After receiving SLED's report, Wilson referred the matter to the State Grand Jury to investigate.

Harrell's attorneys requested an extension for submitting briefs on March 28, according to the grand jury. Then the Attorney General's office asked for another extension which was granted to both sides.

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