SC high court mulling appeal of Haley ethics case

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Republican activist says private South Carolina citizens should be able to make cases against their elected representatives in court.

Attorney Dick Harpootlian argued to The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday that a circuit judge should not have thrown out his client's case accusing Gov. Nikki Haley of violating ethics rules while a she was a member of the House.

Harpootlian chairs the state Democratic Party and represents GOP activist John Rainey, who filed a similar complaint with the House Ethics Committee. That panel twice voted to clear Haley of all charges, saying the laws are too vague.

The court will likely rule in several months. Haley's office has predicted another dismissal and says the suit is a political vendetta against the governor that has wasted taxpayer money.

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