Prosecutor has several options on Harrell case

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The prosecutor who's considering ethics allegations against House Speaker Bobby Harrell has several options for the case that's been handed to him from the attorney general.

Neither Attorney General Alan Wilson nor Solicitor David Pascoe is talking. They would neither confirm nor deny Harrell's statement more than a week ago that the state grand jury investigation has ended and Wilson transferred the case to Pascoe.

It could be a first. Legal experts know of no other scenario when an attorney general transferred a case after a state grand jury probe ended without an indictment.

If Pascoe has the case, experts say his options include taking the allegations to a county grand jury, asking to empanel another state grand jury, or deciding not to prosecute. Harrell says he's done nothing illegal.

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