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Harrell corruption case gets second hearing Friday

From the Associated Press:

 COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Another hearing is scheduled on a request to remove South Carolina's top prosecutor from the ethics case of House Speaker Bobby Harrell.
   
Circuit Judge Casey Manning is expected to preside over a hearing set for Friday morning in Columbia.
   
The State Grand Jury is considering whether Harrell should be indicted. The case stems from allegations that the powerful Charleston Republican used his office to boost his finances by using influence to get a permit for his pharmaceutical business and improperly appointed his brother to a judicial candidate screening committee.
   
Harrell's lawyers say Wilson tried to intimidate the speaker into supporting legislation. They want him removed from the case. An initial hearing on that request was held last month.

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