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      2nd hearing scheduled in Harrell corruption case

      By MEG KINNARDAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Another hearing is planned on a request to remove South Carolina's top prosecutor from the ethics case of House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

      State Grand Jury Clerk Jim Parks told reporters Thursday that a hearing is scheduled Friday morning at the Richland County Courthouse.

      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.

      Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP

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