The key players here are House Speaker Bobby Harrell and Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Lawyers for Harrell will argue the veteran Charleston Republican has done nothing wrong, denying allegations that have dogged him for two years regarding misuse of campaign funds and using his office for personal gain. And even if he had, they contend, state law says his conduct should first be judged by his peers in the Legislature via the House Ethics Committee, rather than by a full-blown criminal investigation.
That's not how Wilson sees it. The Midlands Republican, who was elected as the state's top prosecutor in 2010, contends that any criminal investigation should not be hamstrung by where or with whom it originates, making Harrell a clear subject for the state grand jury.Read the full preview here.