Attorneys for embattled S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell (RINO-S.C.) are scheduled to meet with circuit court judge Robert Hood later this week to make their case for removing S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson from Harrell’s corruption case.

The only question is whether the high-profile meeting will be held in public (Wilson’s stated preference) – or behind closed doors (which is what Harrell wants).

According to The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier, attorneys for the S.C. Press Association are fighting to make sure the hearing is held in open court. Clearly, we support their position.

One of the most powerful elected officials in the state is attempting to have the state’s top prosecutor removed from his corruption case. To have such a discussion behind closed doors will only cement South Carolina’s reputation as one of the most corrupt – and least transparent – states in America.

In September 2012, Harrell was busted reimbursing himself more than $325,000 from his campaign account for dubious flight-related expenses (Harrell is a pilot). He later admitted his guilt by returning $23,000 of these reimbursements – although a proper accounting would have likely resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in additional reimbursements. Harrell also stands accused of applying improper pressure on the S.C. Pharmacy Board and the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (SCLLR) on behalf of his pharmaceutical business – using his official letterhead, no less.

Beyond that, his political action committee is under investigation for allegedly misappropriating and misreporting funds – including an effort to force taxpayers to pay hundreds of millions of dollars on an unnecessary transportation project.

And that’s just the corruption we know about …

Wilson – who has a few ethical issues of his own – has nonetheless given us no reason (yet) to suspect that he isn’t conducting Harrell’s probe with the utmost integrity.

In fact we addressed several of the conspiracy theories surrounding Wilson in this post.

Stay tuned … as soon as we hear anything regarding the disposition of this meeting, we’ll let you know …

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