Harrell: State grand jury investigation has ended

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell says the state grand jury's investigation into ethics allegations against him has ended without indictments.

Harrell said in a release Saturday that Attorney General Alan Wilson removed himself from the case and passed responsibility to David Pascoe, the chief prosecutor for Calhoun, Dorchester and Orangeburg counties.

Harrell says the grand jury's probe expired June 30. Days later, the state Supreme Court ruled Wilson had the authority to initiate an investigation into the speaker, overturning a lower ruling that a legislative panel must first consider an ethics complaint.

Harrell says his attorney wasn't notified of Wilson's decision until July 29.

Harrell sent the release after informing the House Republican Caucus.

Wilson spokesman Mark Powell said he can't comment because the Supreme Court called for secrecy.

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