COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a prosecutor other than the state attorney general can open a state grand jury investigation.
The court issued an order Wednesday saying arguments in the case will be June 16.
Prosecutor David Pascoe sued Attorney General Alan Wilson, saying he was allowed to open the state grand jury probe into legislative corruption because Wilson turned the case over to him because of a possible conflict. He says Wilson turned his investigation into a political game.
Wilson says state law only allows him to start a grand jury investigation and Pascoe not only overstepped his authority, but tainted the case by leaking information to the media.
Wilson originally asked Pascoe to handle the investigation into former House Speaker Bobby Harrell.