- Associated Press - Monday, June 2, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Attorney General Alan Wilson cannot present sealed evidence against House Speaker Bobby Harrell to South Carolina’s highest court.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (https://bit.ly/1nXFIDD ) the state Supreme Court has ruled Wilson never presented the documents at an original hearing, so he can’t use them on appeal.

Wilson is appealing a ruling that courts cannot consider charges against a lawmaker until a legislative ethics panel has reviewed it. A June 24 hearing is scheduled.

State grand jury investigations are secret, and evidence is not made public until an indictment. Wilson wanted the court to review documents being considered by grand jurors.

The South Carolina Policy Council says Harrell used his influence to get a permit for his pharmaceutical business and improperly appointed his brother to a judicial screening committee.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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