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AG wants to continue with case against Harrell

COLUMBIA (AP) — State prosecutors want South Carolina’s highest court to let them continue a case against House Speaker Bobby Harrell while they appeal a judge’s ruling.

Attorney General Alan Wilson said in a statement Tuesday that he has asked the state Supreme Court to allow him to keep presenting corruption allegations to the State Grand Jury.

Wilson is appealing a ruling by Circuit Judge Casey Manning, who has ruled a State Grand Jury considering the allegations was improperly empaneled. Manning said charges that Harrell used his influence to get a permit for his pharmaceutical business and an appointment for his brother must first be considered by the House Ethics Committee.

Harrell’s lawyers have said his case should be dealt with by the legislative panel.

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