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Sources: Harrell Attorneys Seek to Remove AG From Case

Plus, Finalist for Police Chief Drops Out
By Porter Barron Jr.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 |
Sources close to law enforcement say that attorneys for S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell, who is facing a State Grand Jury over allegations of misappropriated campaign funds and abuses of power, have tried to get a judge to remove Attorney General Alan Wilson as the prosecutor for the case, The State’s John Monk reports. Wilson’s office says it would firmly oppose the removal of the attorney general from the case.



A finalist in the search for Columbia’s new police chief, former director of the Spartanburg Department of Public Safety Tony Fisher, has withdrawn his name from the running, The State reports. In explaining the move, he described the selection process as “laborious and indeterminate,” described city leadership as inconsistent and questioned why interim chief Ruben Santiago is still on the job after being investigated by state and federal authorities. Fisher also told WIS that Councilman Cameron Runyan’s push to merge the Columbia Police Department with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department contributed to his decision to pull out of the running. Runyan has since withdrawn that proposal.



Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens) warned senators Wednesday of another possible election catastrophe stemming from a state election law, which Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office recently determined to be unconstitutional. Lawmakers said the electoral chaos stemming from the bad law could make the 2012 primaries, in which hundreds of candidates were kicked off the ballots over a legal technicality, seem tame by comparison, Tim Smith reports for The Greenville News.



The Gamecocks men’s basketball team had its first SEC tournament win since 2008 on Wednesday night, beating Auburn 74-56. Consequently, Auburn immediately fired its coach, according to some paper in Alabama.



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