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Alan Wilson Responds To Controversial Bobby Harrell Ruling

ATTORNEY GENERAL: “IN THE LONG RUN, RIGHT ALWAYS WINS” S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson called into the FITS home office this week to share his thoughts on the controversial ruling issued by S.C. circuit court judge Casey Manning in the Bobby Harrell public corruption case. The ruling – which Manning…

ATTORNEY GENERAL: “IN THE LONG RUN, RIGHT ALWAYS WINS”

S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson called into the FITS home office this week to share his thoughts on the controversial ruling issued by S.C. circuit court judge Casey Manning in the Bobby Harrell public corruption case.

The ruling – which Manning may have issued under threat of blackmail – temporarily shuts down Wilson’s grand jury investigation of the powerful Speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives, who is facing a litany of corruption charges.

Who does Manning think should handle the case? The S.C. House “Ethics” Committee – which two years ago whitewashed a similar public corruption case involving S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.

Wilson disagrees …

“There is absolutely no way this case will get a fair hearing in the S.C. House of Representatives,” he said.

And he’s absolutely right. In fact Manning’s ridiculous ruling effectively grants current and former state lawmakers de facto immunity from prosecution whenever they abuse their positions of public trust for personal gain.

What does Wilson think of such an infinitely corrupt arrangement? Not very much …

“This is really about the public – and the public’s trust in government,” he said. “And it’s just not there anymore.”

Wilson said his office is “absolutely” appealing Manning’s verdict.

“I am not going to take Judge Manning’s order as the final determination on what this office or the grand jury will do,” he said. “This is not the final determination.”

Harrell’s case will eventually go to the S.C. Supreme Court, although as this website has noted in all likelihood “the fix is in” at that venue as well seeing as Harrell recently rigged S.C. Chief Justice Jean Toal’s reelection to her post.

Is there anything Wilson can do beyond the Supreme Court? Like possibly referring the case to the feds, for example?

“There are quite a few avenues we can use to effectuate justice,” Wilson said. “There are plenty of tools in the toolbox and we are going to use every single one at our disposal. All options are on the table.”

Wilson added that no amount of political pressure would dissuade him from pursuing justice in the Harrell case.

“I believe in the long run right always wins,” he said. “It doesn’t always come in the time we want it, but right always wins.”

Let’s hope that’s true … South Carolina simply cannot afford to watch yet another lawbreaking politician go unpunished.

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147 comments

Uh huh May 13, 2014 at 12:40 am

It’d be pretty amazing to see Wilson bring the Feds down on everyone’s necks…I just don’t think he has the balls to do it.

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euwe max May 13, 2014 at 1:30 am

He’d lose his own little raisin balls in the process.

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junior justice May 13, 2014 at 8:33 am

“There are plenty of tools in the toolbox and we are going to use every single one at our disposal.”

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Duuuh! Does he mean like the needle-nose pliers that are squeezing his” little raisin balls” — Unless he enjoys the pain!

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Paybacks a Bitch, Bobbys Way May 13, 2014 at 11:12 am

You know those State Reps that were for Bobby then against Bobby, those guys balls are gonna be tight, ouch; hell hath no fury or forgiveness as Our Dear Leader Bobby. I mean ouch, they have nowhere to go and boys, Bobbys on the way. Also Our Founding Editor just got a spot on TV I heard, The FitsNews Show. You go Will!!!

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Elfego May 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

This is the reason Politicians do as they wish. You try and protect him if he is in your party,I try to protect him if he is in mine. The political arena uses Party,race and everything else they can to divide America so they can keep on doing as they please. We Americans are stupid!

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euwe max May 13, 2014 at 10:44 am

We Americans are stupid!

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Well, everyone but me and TBG, anyway.

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William Wallace May 13, 2014 at 11:09 am

No, I agree. The voters are selling their futures and the futures of countless generations!
This State and Country will suffer immeasureably for the election and reelection of these people.

Elfego May 13, 2014 at 11:22 am

I have always been told that a crazy person is the last one to recognize their problem!

euwe max May 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

…because he doesn’t know he’s crazy.

I think that’s the key to my happiness… I know I’m not crazy.

Elfego May 13, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Been there,done that! I made a mistake once, I thought I was wrong!

euwe max May 13, 2014 at 10:31 pm

I haven’t made that one yet… I credit constant vigilance.

Elfego May 14, 2014 at 9:21 am

Well, you surely have something to look forward to.

euwe max May 14, 2014 at 7:34 pm
Guero May 13, 2014 at 6:45 am

Wilson has been told ( he wouldn’t know it on his own) there is no federal issue here. As long as Wilson is taking his legal advice from Billy Folks, Harrell is in good shape.

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Survey Time May 13, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Meet me at 3 am. I want to show you how the Navy Seals take out people like you?

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Native Ink May 13, 2014 at 7:07 am

He doesn’t need to have balls. The FBI just needs to have noses. This whole saga reeks of corruption. I’m sure they can smell it all the way in Washington.

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Smirks May 13, 2014 at 9:23 am

It’s Washington, they’re used to much worse smells already.

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Mr. Clean May 13, 2014 at 10:42 am

They can smell it but they ain’t gonna step in it, my god, it would get on absolutely EVERYONE, and of course Alan knows this.

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Sandi Morals May 13, 2014 at 8:40 am

Right LOSER.This whole witchunt sounds just like the fake conspiracy created by a handful of political hacks in Myrtle Beach/Horry County in regards to campaign donations and the MBACC.
Same tactics being used.Destroy and defame the accused with false allegations hoping something sticks for political gain..When that doesn’t work go after their families.It cost TSN and reporter David Wren $600,000 last week in Horry County.
Nothing here in my opinion.

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Squishy123 May 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

It’s hard to see anything when you’re on your knees under Harrell’s desk.

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WW May 13, 2014 at 11:20 am

OOH, OOH!!

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Uh huh May 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

The yelp of a hit dog, music to my ears.

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Sandi Morals May 13, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Ya clowns are just ‘whistling Dixie’ without a band!

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Uh huh May 13, 2014 at 2:12 pm

See, that’s what’s strange about your comment. If that truly is the case, why even bother responding? Is it just to gloat that Harrell got away with something?

If so, it’s incredibly puerile.

If that’s not the reason, then it must be something much more concerning.

Squishy123 May 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm

We may be “whistling Dixie” but you’re the one playing Bobby’s skin flute. Are you the one responsible for that never healing fistule on his lip?

M326 May 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Witch hunt is two words.

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truthmonger May 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Whatever you say, Bobby! Errrr….. Sandi!

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snickering May 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

He might not have the balls to send this to Feds, but I do and will do it.

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Bible Thumper May 13, 2014 at 3:19 am

Forgive me Lord!
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“Alan Wilson called into the FITS home office”
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I’m losing respect for Wilson. Don’t have direct contact with Will. It makes you seem cheap.
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“I believe in the long run right always wins,” he said. “It doesn’t always come in the time we want it, but right always wins.”
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This sounds like an old TV episode of Superman or the Lone Ranger. While it’s a pleasant thought. It is a bit naive and definitely not biblical at least not always in this life.

Continue to do what is right, but don’t expect an ending as neat and tidy as on TV.

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euwe max May 13, 2014 at 11:01 am

but we may get true ethics reform.

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…and Eddie Haskel became head of Goldman Sachs, and then Treasury Secretary, and everyone lived happily ever after.

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Bible Thumper May 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

…and Lumpy became SCAG.

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euwe max May 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm

The south is famous for back room deals… racism will die before corruption.

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Bible Thumper May 13, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Neither will disappear before their is a new heaven and a new earth. Even the civil rights movement is corrupt. LA NAACP was to give Sterling a lifetime achievement award.

euwe max May 13, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Yeah… and like, believing in supply-side Jesus will help usher in the end-times.

Bible Thumper May 13, 2014 at 11:02 pm

…or Believing In “hope ‘n change”.

euwe max May 13, 2014 at 11:09 pm

shit… that “Christian” bullshit?

Bible Thumper May 13, 2014 at 11:13 pm

…things that can’t be legislated or come from a presidential order.

euwe max May 14, 2014 at 4:06 am

Right – sound bites like “family values” and “fiscal responsibility”

snickering May 15, 2014 at 6:38 am

Just wishing and hoping and singing and praying, someday he will be mine. An oldie but goodie.

We Will Get You Harrell May 13, 2014 at 5:33 am

One way or another, Harrell will Hang – and so will Manning. The People are coming together to throw both of these pig shits not in a prison, but UNDER IT. If you see Harrell on the street or in a public place, get in his face and shoot him the bird and scream out loud while pointing at him, “THIS FAT OLD MAN IS A CORRUPT POLITICIAN THAT STEALS FROM ALL OF US.”

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junior justice May 13, 2014 at 9:05 am

DAMN! — that’s harsh!

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Furious May 13, 2014 at 9:14 am

You’d better do it with the rest too! They are ALL in it!

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Sumpter May 13, 2014 at 6:52 am

Now it is up to Rep. Pope to ensure that the Ethics Committee does the right thing. Last week during an interview Pope demonstrated that he has integrity.

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 7:27 am

Didn’t Pope support and vote for Toal? If so, don’t wait on any honesty or integrity here.

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Native Ink May 13, 2014 at 7:06 am

Maybe whatever is festering in those foul pustules on Harrell’s lips will get him first.

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Taking it's Toal May 13, 2014 at 7:23 am

Alan will be out of office before the appeal makes it through the system. They will just wait him out, unfortunately. 95% of South Carolinians do not pay attention to this type of news so there will be no uproar from the citizenry. These guys just gave themselves a free ticket to spend campaign dollars on personal expenses. Now look for Mark Sanford to resign from congress and get back here as a state rep. so he can partake.

Of course at the Federal level they have that privilege. It is called a leadership PAC and even the non-leaders have them now.

Finally, if the Feds are not stepping in during a two-term Dem. presidency to round up some republican heads in SC then they never will.

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nitrat May 13, 2014 at 8:17 am

Absolutely.
Bill Nettles is certainly no Paul Fishman or Preet Bharara and SC is certainly at least as corrupt as New Jersey or New York.

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outraged May 13, 2014 at 9:04 am

They are ALL above the Law and above us peasants! They just gave themselves a tremendous raise, increase in indistrict expense and gargantuan retirement, for themselves and their predecessors! Where elsse can this happen…NO WHERE!
Don’t you little people taxpayers wish you could raise your own expense account and raise your own salary?
None, NONE should be reelected !
A three day, 5 month job, who could ask for more?

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Shaking My Head May 13, 2014 at 7:51 am

My first reaction to this was: “Wilson called FITS to talk about this?!” My second reaction to this was: “Wilson called FITS to talk about this??!!” My third reaction was: “Wilson called FITS to talk about this???!!!”

My conclusion is: Wilson is as dumb as others say he is.

The Attorney General of The State of SC did what?!!!

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GrandTango May 13, 2014 at 8:01 am

.Wilson is in w/ RQ&A I think. FITS is an RQ&A Stooge..

One of the ugliest aspects of politics is consultants, and how they pollute officers. It’s why leaders say one thing, then do what is best for the consultants….

FITS is a master at claiming he one thing, then being guided by influence, power and money, to exactly what he says he is not…

So it is possible, considering the Filthy nature of consultants, and their sway over the elected…

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MR. RON COBB May 13, 2014 at 1:11 pm

ONE CALL, THATS ALL.

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junior justice May 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Does the National Republican Party really want to be associated, and burdened, with the disgraceful and shameful corruption State of South Carolina during an election cycle? How does this help in either 2014 or 2016?

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Sandi Morals May 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

LOL! Do you really think ANYBODY outside of about 6 posters on FITS care about this story?
Get a life dude!

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junior justice May 13, 2014 at 8:48 am

Yes – and wash the sand out of your vagina,’Sandi’, you seem to be somewhat irritated this morning.

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junior justice May 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

I humbly retract this statement because of your two intelligent posts

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Sandi Morals May 13, 2014 at 9:28 am

No harm, no foul. :-)

Native Ink May 13, 2014 at 8:45 am

America expects this of South Carolina. Maybe the bright side of all this is that it might make a few Ohioans think twice before they move to Charleston.

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Sandi Morals May 13, 2014 at 8:55 am

I doubt it. The beach and lifestyle trump the nasty,bigoted racists going after Manning and Harrell.
People in the Midwest have the same values as those in the Carolina’s. Problem you have are the northeastern libs that move in with socialist political values.That is how ‘carpetbaggers’ like Gloria Tinabu and ECB rise up the SCDP political office list.

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Squishy123 May 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

Ah, the race card. Good play! Glad you came up from Harrell’s dick long enough to get some air.

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Sandi Morals May 13, 2014 at 9:36 am

Only FEDERAL INVESTIGATION I see coming are into the threats to ‘lynch’ Mr.Manning last night on FITS. Communicating such a threat,in my opinion, is a felony and may even qualify as a ‘hate crime’?
DOJ Holder, in my opinion, gonna love this case.
Put that up your poop shoot, Squishy! :-)

Squishy123 May 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

You’re putting your faith in Holder? Is it because he’s black?

Yeah, it’s all because Manning is black… whatever, just another SC retard. Now crawl back under that desk and open wide.

Survey Time May 13, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Your anal retention is noted. Try some Exlax.

nitrat May 13, 2014 at 10:16 am

Why do you think it’s different in any other RED state?

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Native Ink May 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

Wilson says he has other avenues to pursue. I think that says it all. Manning & Toal are typical lawyers. They will accept cash and favors to “help” a desperate man all the while knowing he is ultimately doomed.

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 9:56 am

Wrong, READ THE ORDER, Wilson has NO other options except to waste taxpayers $$$$$dollars and pay his dumb legal advisors more money.

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Native Ink May 13, 2014 at 10:21 am

You just can’t think outside the box. In the next few months, except either a leak of specific evidence against Harrell which leads to a public outcry for his criminal indictment AND/OR an investigation by the FBI.

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the FBI isn’t already investigating. They are probably licking their chops at the idea of a House “ethics” whitewash. More corrupt politicians for them to take down.

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

BLAH BLAH BLAH….

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Native Ink May 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

We’ll see…. I hope you’re not associated with Speaker Harrell in any way. If I were you, I wouldn’t be sleeping well at night.

anonymous May 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

BLAH BLAH BLAH….. it’s OVER dude, READ THE JUDGE’S ORDER.

Native Ink May 13, 2014 at 11:29 am

LOL. You sound desperate. Check back in six months from now and tell us how you’re doing.

Sandi Morals May 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm

You right! HERE COME DA JUDGE,HERE COME DA JUDGE,ORDER IN DA COURT, ORDER IN DA COURT,HERE COME DA JUDGE!

Mickey Mouse May 13, 2014 at 9:02 am

The article in the State Paper quoted Wilson in court when he presented and defended his case in front of Manning,”the ongoing SLED and grand jury investigation had uncovered other potentially criminal matters.” This just shows tha Wilson either doesn’t know what he is talking about or he relied on SLED to do an investigation (knowning they couldn’t get out of a wet paper bag). Why would he stand in front of Manning and state there is “Potentially Criminal Matters”. If you wanted a case to have merit as you fight, why not point out the criminal matters. Unless you don’t have anything or SLED agents think they know something is going on but can’t prove anything because they can’t investigate. Case in Point, has anyone heard aything come out of the Lexington Ring with an audio tape giving to them on a silver platter. SLED investigated this case involving politicians throughout the midlands and nothing has happened as of today.
This is a political case driven by Haley and Keel.

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junior justice May 13, 2014 at 9:11 am

You are on a roll today!

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$h!T sandwich May 13, 2014 at 9:11 am

SLED, under Keel’s control is more of a paper pushing do nothing organization!
If you have political standing, or position, you can have an investigation on your opponents, your enemies; but, if you are in the Senate or House, or friend of Toal nothing happens. SLED has become a farce under keel! It startd down hill with Stewart, further into a political organization under james and lloyd and is now worthless under Keel.

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Pissed off voter May 13, 2014 at 12:01 pm

So very true! SLED has failed on all fronts of investigating matters and has demonstrated to be completely incompetent in their investigations or purposely be incompetent to assist the political ones they choose to protect. Either way, the Harrell case is just another very sad example of SLED’s continuos failure to bring the corrupt to justice as also the lexington ring that includes former lexington town councilman danny Frazier, former state senator jake Knotts, the video poker industry, and still serving the corrupt sheriff james Metts along with so many others that has political ties.

Everyone who knows anything about the Harrell case and the lexington ring knows the evidence is their to bring charges against each one of them but SLED has choose to obstruct justice and refuse to bring any charges against these very corrupt individuals simply based on political ties. These two cases were gift wrapped for them we are just so fortunate to have had the media cover and publicly expose the lexington ring and it’s corrupt public officials so us citizens could actually see that SLED intentionally covers up for certain public officials.

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Vanguard16 May 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

LOL!! Going to appeal it to Queen Jean & Company!! LMAO!!

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Smirks May 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

They shouldn’t be given the power to rule over themselves, but they have to take that power away from themselves, so all in all the only way this will ever get fixed is to replace these fuckers with decent people who will at least dismantle this horrible system.

And considering how SC keeps voting the same damn people in, this will never happen.

Wilson claims he’s doing all this for the public, but clearly the public has done it to themselves.

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LD May 13, 2014 at 9:26 am

The “Christian Conservatives” sold their soul to the devil when they when they went all in with the Republican Party. It’s all about money and power and CCs gave it all away in the name of Jesus.

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nitrat May 13, 2014 at 10:13 am

…and, they turned into the TEAvangelicals.

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 10:15 am

READ AND WEEP SCOOTER

COLUMBIA — A judge on Monday DISMISSED allegations of corruption against House Speaker Bobby Harrell, ruling such a case must first be considered by a legislative panel before state prosecutors could touch it and saying a State Grand Jury was IMPROPERLY empaneled.

In his ruling, Manning said state law requires the ethics panel to be the first to consider such a case anyway, saying it was IMPROPER to take the issue to the State Grand Jury right away.

“Until the South Carolina House of Representatives Ethics Committee has either referred the matter to Attorney General Wilson or has otherwise acted on the complaint, EXCLUSIVE jurisdiction resides solely within the South Carolina House of Representatives Ethics Committee,” Manning wrote, saying the matter was “solely within the purview” of that panel.

“The constitution and state statutes are clear on these issues,” Harrell said. “Rather than discussing the merits of the case, the Attorney General continues to play politics.

BAM! …..BA-BAM! …..BA-BA-BAM!….BA-BA-BA-BAM!…..

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 10:30 am

WILSON LOST BAD.

ALAN WILSON’S GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION IS NULL AND VOID

“Judge to AG Wilson: Stop SLED and grand jury probe of House Speaker Harrell”

Circuit Judge Casey Manning ruled Monday that Attorney General Alan Wilson and SLED must stop their ongoing state grand jury criminal investigation of possible ethics violations by House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

Manning, in a five-page order, ruled that any action taken by Wilson’s grand jury to date “is null and void.” The grand jury has been operating since around January.

Moreover, Manning also effectively disbanded the state grand jury that had been investigating Harrell and revoked a previous court order that had brought that body into being. He also ordered the state grand jury as well as any other investigative agency not to take “any further investigative action” concerning Harrell’s alleged ethics violations.

The case must first be handled in the S.C. House of Representatives, Manning said, and any action by the attorney general at this time is “premature.”

if the Ethics Committee referred ethics violations to the attorney general, the attorney general could then — and only then — begin a criminal investigation of Harrell.

But at this point, “Any investigation by the state grand jury at this stage is illegitimate because the (Ethics) Act’s administrative remedies have not been exhausted,” Manning wrote.

Manning said a separate provision in the Constitution, mandating separation of powers among the three branches of government, gives the Legislature full authority over ethics investigations.

Manning’s decision also cited a 1994 State Supreme Court opinion, State v. Thrift, in which the high court held that legislative ethics act violations are civil, not criminal.

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Native Ink May 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

I noticed how you left out the part where Charlie Condon said “the judge made a factual error that he should correct.” That’s just a polite way of saying the ruling was political B.S.

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 10:42 am

BLAH BLAH BLAH….no it’s not, they are desperately looking for ways to appeal ….good luck on appeal ….hahahahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!

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LD May 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

I be “Anonymous” too supporting Rep. Bobby Harrell.

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

The Judge’s ruling was a NO-BRAINER, easy call. What everyone should be asking is why would AG Wilson pursue such an IMPROPER and FLAWED legal strategy? And he calls himself an Attorney General….

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Carmen May 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

I know of a case, where there was a Grand Jury investigation, no evidence, just the request and allegations, of a high ranking political figure. It lasted for the better part of a year, the costs to taxpayer was enormous.
The reason, to try and find something to discredit a spouse, who caught the official with his wife.
I’ll never believe Toal was not involved also. The offended party was slaughtered in Court! His guilt, he caught the two in an affair. The Judge was one of Toal’s “GOTO” ass kissers!

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 11:24 am

Whatever! ….Blah …Blah…Blah….

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jurisdoc May 13, 2014 at 10:57 am

How did they get ears to grow on that dick?

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

How did they get a nose to grow on that dick?

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euwe max May 13, 2014 at 10:35 pm

How does it eat?

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euwe max May 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

This is what happens when you elect people on sound bytes and party extremes… The South is plagued with hate, and they have the bibles to prove they’re right. They figure “what difference does it make if the Republicans steal our money and get high on our supply? As long as they *say* they’re extreme!”

Maybe if you allow corruption long enough, they’ll repeal legal abortion and the South will rise again, more stupid than ever!

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Question May 13, 2014 at 11:08 am

How long have you lived in Texas?

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euwe max May 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Long enough that I can barely feel it anymore.

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swampland May 13, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Harrell is neither conservative nor liberal. He does only what is in the interest of himself. On his side you will find corrupt Republicans, corrupt Democrats, and corrupt Independents. Against him you will find fairly honest Republicans, fairly honest Democrats, and fairly honest Independents.

Regarding your tangent on the South and hate, if you think the South is worse than NYC, Boston, Chicago, or LA, you might want to consider getting out more often.

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euwe max May 13, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Hey fuck you… I have an opinion just like you do. Oh wait… that wasn’t nice, was it?

My opinion was formed from a long life and rich experiences. The South sucks in a different way than the rest of the states – they prize ignorance, hubris, and their magical thinking reinforces the poverty and lack of education of the entire area.

Every conservative in the place is walking around with a chip on their shoulder. *PROUD* of it.

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Manray May 13, 2014 at 11:14 am

Seems like every couple decades or so the feds (DOJ) have to come in and clean up corrupt pols in SC — since the voters can’t or won’t.

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Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

They need to bring back the Reconstruction.

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

IT’S OVER….ALL BUT THE CRYING….

“SC watchdog group: No plan to send Harrell complaint to House panel”

The leader of a government watchdog group who accused House Speaker Bobby Harrell of corruption said Monday she has no plans to ask the House Ethics Committee to investigate those charges.

IT’S OVER SCOOTER!

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/05/12/4224274/sc-watchdog-group-no-plan-to-send.html?sp=/99/134/575//#storylink=cpy

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Native Ink May 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm

LOL. You are desperate for it to be over. Fat chance of that. Wilson & SLED are continuing their investigation. Have you been called in front of the grand jury yet?

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 3:20 pm

I’m not desperate for it to be over, the fact of the matter is that it is over, including the Grand Jury investigation, read the Judge’s Order, What would really be funny if Harrell brings Contempt of Court charges against Wilson for violating the Judge’s Order and then makes Wilson pay for all of Harrell’s legal fees

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Survey Time May 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Wrong again, ass wipe.

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Scooter, what would really be funny if Harrell brings Contempt of Court charges against Wilson for violating the Judge’s Order and then makes Wilson pay for all of Harrell’s legal fees.

euwe max May 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm

As long as a Republican suffers, we all win.

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Survey Time May 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Why ask demons, like you, to entertain a criminal complaint? Harrell is going to experience the wrath of We The People. You will see, fool. And as to your real name, its posted on a website.

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Axe2Grind May 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I have been waiting for today to see all the haters out there freaking out that state law actually had to be followed. Judge Manning did what the law said needed to be done. I am sick and tired of everyone wanting to bypass the law for their own agenda. (yes, that includes Landess, Crangle, Wilson, and you too Folks!) Don’t like the law, then demand your representative change it. Rep won’t change it, then elect a new rep or heck, run for office yourself. It is pretty sad the negativity that has been hurled at Harrell before any of the facts of the investigation were presented. Hopefully now everyone will get a change to see the AG’s/SLED’s investigation findings and see if there was ever anything that implicated Harrell other than politically motivated opposition.

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Survey Time May 13, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Harrell will be confronted by thousands and kicked in the balls?

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Scooter, you should install a breathalyzer on your computer to automatically shut down.

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Bobby Harrell May 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Please have patience with me as I try to explain this to you ignorant people. I appoint or allow the appointment of the judges. I appointed the chief justice. I appoint the members to the ethics committe. I appoint all lawmakers to their respective committee assignments. I approve what legislation makes it to the floor. Are you idiots getting the picture? Im running the fucking show!
Now, having said that……….thanks for the 12K raise. You should have expected that after you stuck your dirts noses in my business! Do you know how fucking expensive it is to fly from Charleston to Columbia everyday? A damn fortune!
Now get your ass back to work and keep that tax money flowing! I have bills to pay.
Btw. Fuck off Wilson!

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Scooter, it’s over, haven’t you read the newspapers yet? Haven’t you read the Court Order? Haven’t you read that no one is going to bring the complaint to the House Ethics committee? Haven’t you read that Wilson will lose on appeal with the Supreme Court? ….IT’S OVER!….Move on….

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MR. RON COBB May 13, 2014 at 7:32 pm

PLEASE PRESENT YOUR EVIDENCES MR. HARRELL THAT YOU FLY TO COLUMBIA AND NOT SOME FAR OFF LAND; YOUR FLIGHT PLANS AND FUEL RECEIPTS WILL SUFFICE. AND BE KIND TO MR. WILSON, HE MIGHT BE LICKING HIS WOUNDS BUT WOUNDS HEAL AND YOU TWO MUST BE KIND TO EACH OTHER, IT MUST END NOW OR I’M TELLING Pi; LIKE HE DON’T ALREADY KNOW, PUT IT THERE PALS, BE FRIENDS, SHAKE THE DISEASE PLEASE.

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MR. RON COBB May 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm

PLEASE PRESENT YOUR EVIDENCES MR. HARRELL THAT YOU FLY TO COLUMBIA AND NOT SOME FAR OFF LAND; YOUR FLIGHT PLANS AND FUEL RECEIPTS WILL SUFFICE. AND BE KIND TO MR. WILSON, HE MIGHT BE LICKING HIS WOUNDS BUT WOUNDS HEAL AND YOU TWO MUST BE KIND TO EACH OTHER, IT MUST END NOW OR I’M TELLING Pi; LIKE HE DON’T ALREADY KNOW, PUT IT THERE PALS, BE FRIENDS, SHAKE THE DISEASE PLEASE.

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Native Ink May 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Get out the popcorn…

BREAKING NEWS: Attorney General to Defy Judge, Keep Harrell Investigation Alive.

http://www.thestate.com/2014/05/13/3444117/wilson-to-defy-judge-keep-harrell.html?sp=/99/205/&ihp=1

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Harrell responded quickly.

“The Attorney General’s statement today that he will defy a court order is proof that he’s just playing politics,” Harrell said in a news conference. “The Attorney General hasn’t been following the law throughout this entire case. I’m not surprised that he will continue to do that.

Harrell said that until there’s “a decision by the Supreme Court, Judge Manning’s order is the law of the land. … The law is clear that ethics issues are supposed to go to the ethics committee for administrative purposes before they go to the attorney general’s office.”

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/05/13/3444117/wilson-to-defy-judge-keep-harrell.html?sp=/99/205/&ihp=1#storylink=cpy

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Survey Time May 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Its a criminal matter. Harrell is expected to lynched by mobs?

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Scooter, you should install a breathalyzer on your computer for the on/off switch.

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Native Ink May 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Get out the popcorn…

BREAKING NEWS: Attorney General to Defy Judge, Keep Harrell Investigation Alive.

http://www.thestate.com/2014/05/13/3444117/wilson-to-defy-judge-keep-harrell.html?sp=/99/205/&ihp=1

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MR. RON COBB May 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm

THEY’LL NEVER LEARN.

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Jackie Chiles May 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Keep fighting the good fight Alan.

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 3:10 pm

The good fight? That’s an oxymoron.

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MR. RON COBB May 13, 2014 at 7:13 pm

IT MAY BE SOMETHING LIKE AN OXYMORON. IS “THE BAD FIGHT.” ALSO AN OXYMORON; WELL SOMETHING IS WEIRD BUT THEY ARE NOT CONTRADICTORY (A FIGHT IS A FIGHT) AS IN ALAN HARRELL OR BOBBY WILSON, WHICH ARE THE SAME IF YOU JUST LOOK AT IT RIGHT. THEY ARE BOTH, ALONE TOGETHER. ACTUALLY, I’M NOT SURE.

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Same ol' Same ol' May 16, 2014 at 5:03 pm

damn Ron, stop yelling

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swampland May 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Bring in the feds.

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Scooter, it’s not a federal issue. The Judge has ruled, Wilson lost. It’s over.

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Jackie Chiles May 13, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Hi Bobby!

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Don’t think so Scooter.

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swampland May 13, 2014 at 3:46 pm

It may not have to be a federal election to be a federal issue. Below is a link to US Attorney involvement in a New York City mayoral race that was rigged by a NY State senator.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/02/sen-malcolm-smith-arrested-in-alleged-plot-to-rig-nyc-mayors-race/

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm

The Judge has ruled, Wilson lost. It’s over.

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nitrat May 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Are you old enough to remember Lost Trust?

anony,ous May 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm

And your point is?

MR. RON COBB May 13, 2014 at 7:21 pm

I REMEMBER OPERATION LOST TRUST MR. NITRAT, THE FEDS LEFT SLED AND ALL OF THEM THERE IN THE BLACKEST DARK. ANYBODY WANT TO GO FOR A RIDE IN MY JAGUAR?, I JUST GOT A KILO OF COKE, WHAT DO YOU SAY, WANNA TAKE A RIDE, DON’T WORRY THE FEDS AREN’T LOOKING, OH NO; AND YOU CAN TRUST ME, I’M RON; BUT I’M NOT LOST AND TRUST IS GONE, THE TURF WAR BETTER BE OVER, YOU TWO; I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN, IT HAPPENED IN 84 AND NOW THE NIGHTMARE RETURNS, FUCKING GREED, I’M TELLING Pi, THE CREATOR, ASSHEADS.

Survey Time May 13, 2014 at 6:27 pm

You should be left hanging from a tree?

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Survey Time May 13, 2014 at 6:18 pm

The public is going to take baseball bats into their hands and start swinging?

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Survey Time May 13, 2014 at 6:19 pm

If you see Harrell in person out in the public, walk right up to him and give him a swift kick in the balls?

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Survey Time May 13, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Burn effigies of Harrell and Manning?

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Survey Time May 13, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Piss On Harrell and Manning? Certainly!

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 10:09 pm

The Judge Manning’s ruling was a NO-BRAINER, easy call. What everyone should be asking is why would AG Wilson pursue such an IMPROPER and FLAWED legal strategy? And he calls himself an Attorney General….

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Survey Time May 13, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Charter busses to come into the City of Columbia loaded with hundreds of protestors, demanding Harrell resign. All the major news networks will be there. STAY TUNED!!

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Soft Sigh from Hell May 13, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Wilson and Harrell — “Two men* go into the dome, one comes out”
If we at least get rid of one of them in this bout, that’s good enough for me I guess.
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*For the sake of argument

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Soft Sigh from Hell May 13, 2014 at 8:18 pm

BTW: Did SC ever have a reasonable preponderance of decent honest people in the legislature.

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Judge Casey Manning wrote in his decision that AG Wilson had not made the case that the allegations were worse than ethics violations. “Despite multiple requests, the Attorney General has failed to offer or present to the court any evidence or allegations which are criminal in nature,” Manning wrote.

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anonymous May 13, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Judge Manning’s order, which said that neither the grand jury “nor any other investigative agency shall take any further action” on the ethics-related allegations until the House Ethics Committee either decides on the case or refers the matter to the Attorney General.

“There is no investigation, there is no grand jury,” Harrell said. “The judge asked him repeatedly, ‘Tell me something that you’ve got.’ He (AG Alan Wilson) failed to come up with anything.

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anonymous May 14, 2014 at 3:38 am

In Contempt

“The attorney general has not yet filed an appeal. He may wait as long as he can so he can continue to defy Manning’s order to halt his investigation and not run the risk that the Supreme Court also would order him to stop.” …”Once Wilson files an appeal, he is under the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction.”

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bipartisan outrage May 15, 2014 at 6:59 am

We already know that the three living ex-Attorneys General support Wilson. Here is a sampling of other policy leaders on this subject.

Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, and an ethics committee member:
“I was surprised at the ruling and I don’t support the ruling. … I think this case rises to a higher level than a House or Senate ethics committee. It’s obviously moved on up.”

Senate President Pro Tempore John Courson, R-Richland, and a Senate ethics committee member:
“Criminal investigations cannot preclude a selected class. You cannot have two levels of citizenship as far as criminal investigations and activities. And the way this is going, that’s how this looks to me. … All citizens under the law should be treated equally. The General Assembly should not have a privileged position.”

Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, and a Senate ethics committee member:
“I don’t think the attorney general should have to wait on a referral from us to move forward. … I don’t know that anybody should be precluded from taking a case to the state grand jury just because it initiated itself out of an ethics complaint.” Ethics committees should handle smaller, more technical ethics issues, Hutto said.

Sen. Wes Hayes, R-York, and a Senate ethics committee member considered the ‘dean’ of ethics:
Manning’s ruling suggests all cases against legislators must go through the House and Senate ethics committees before the attorney general can investigate, Hayes said. “That’s not what the law says or that’s not our intent. That would not apply to the judiciary or the legislative branch or any constitutional (offices). … The attorney general can and should, when the law has been broken, be able to prosecute anyone in the state. No one is above the law.”

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/05/13/3444117/wilson-to-defy-judge-keep-harrell.html?sp=/99/205/&ihp=1#storylink=cpy

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anonymous May 15, 2014 at 11:11 am

If and When and Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda …..Blah………Blah………Blah….

The Judge has ruled, Wilson lost, it’s over…..

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anonymous May 15, 2014 at 1:12 pm

The Judge Manning’s ruling was a no-brainer, easy call. What everyone should be asking is why would AG Wilson pursue such an IMPROPER and FLAWED legal strategy? And he calls himself an Attorney General….

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swampland May 15, 2014 at 3:40 pm

FEDERAL INVESTIGATION / PROSECUTION OF NON-FEDERAL OFFICIALS FOR PERSONAL USE OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS

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MARCH 3, 2014

“Indiana State Police and the FBI are investigating the spending of campaign funds by the mayor of the small Madison County city of Elwood….His campaign finance records show that he spent about $7,000 for wireless phone service and nearly $4,000 for cable TV. Money also was allegedly used to pay for hotel rooms….”

http://www.ibj.com/police-fbi-investigate-elwood-mayors-campaign-spending/PARAMS/article/46447

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APRIL 28, 2014

“Former Jersey City Council candidate Lavern Webb-Washington today admitted illegally using contributions to her political campaign for her personal use, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced….U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, with the investigation leading up to today’s guilty plea.”

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nj/Press/files/Webb-Washington,%20Lavern%20Plea%20News%20Release.html

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anonymous May 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Scooter, we aren’t in Indiana or New Jersey. Sorry Scooter.

Judge Casey Manning wrote in his decision that AG Wilson had not made the case that the allegations were worse than ethics violations. “Despite multiple requests, the Attorney General has failed to offer or present to the court any evidence or allegations which are criminal in nature,” Manning wrote.

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