POWERFUL LEGISLATIVE LEADER FACING CHARGES RELATED TO PUBLIC CORRUPTION PROBE
S.C. Speaker of the House of Representatives Bobby Harrell – a “Republican” from Charleston – has been indicted on nine counts related to an ongoing public corruption investigation.
Harrell’s indictment in Richland County – home of the state capital of Columbia, S.C. – comes just weeks after he celebrated the apparent end of the probe into his various dirty dealings.
First circuit solicitor David Pascoe – who inherited the case from S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson – will handle the prosecution of the powerful legislative leader, who faces charges of malfeasance, misconduct in office and campaign finance violations.
(READ THE INDICTMENT HERE).
“At this point in the process, the indictments are mere accusations,” Pascoe said. “Mr. Harrell is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”
That’s true, but the political fallout for Harrell began almost immediately.
“He’s toast,” one S.C. State House insider told FITS. “(Lawmakers) will be calling for him to resign.”
Perhaps the most damaging of the nine indictments was the one related to false ethics reporting.
“(Harrell) used his campaign account to pay credit card debt and to pay for goods or services for his home, family and friends that were not for any purposes related to his campaign for or position in the South Carolina House of Representatives,” the third of nine true bills of indictment read. “(Harrell) concealed this pattern of unlawful payments by falsely claiming they were for campaign and official House of Representatives related purposes, when in fact the expenditures were for personal use.”
Harrell has not yet been suspended from office (typically the Speaker of the House suspends lawmakers who are indicted of crimes carrying a penalty of more than two years jail time). Legislative leaders tell FITS discussions are underway regarding that process, though. Harrell can continue his bid for reelection, however if the charges against him are still pending he would be suspended at the beginning of the next legislative session – which commences in January 2015.
Harrell wasn’t immediately available for comment regarding the indictment.
Less than a month ago, Harrell publicly announced that the statewide grand jury investigation led by Wilson had been dropped.
“My attorneys recently were informed that I am no longer the subject of a state Grand Jury investigation,” Harrell said at the time.
He also reaffirmed his innocence, saying “I violated no law and have only sought an independent prosecutor free of political motives and influence,” referring to Wilson.
Of course there continues to be widespread speculation related to an ongoing federal investigation of Harrell. In fact the third indictment referenced “untaxed income,” which could ultimately become the lynchpin of a federal probe.
Harrell’s case has been one of the biggest political soap operas of the year – dominating headlines for months ever since Wilson referred the case to the statewide grand jury back in January. In May, an ethically compromised circuit court judge ruled that Wilson must shut down his probe and let a corrupt panel of S.C. House members handle the investigation (the same legislative panel that whitewashed S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley‘s ethics scandal two years ago).
Wilson blasted that ruling – joining a chorus of critics of this corrupt self-policing mechanism.
“There is absolutely no way this case will get a fair hearing in the S.C. House of Representatives,” he told FITS months ago.
In July, the S.C. Supreme Court ruled that Wilson’s office had the authority to investigate Harrell – although it did refer the question of whether Wilson could remain on the case back to the lower court.
Harrell has been accused of a wide range of allegations. In September 2012, he was busted improperly reimbursing himself from his campaign account for dubious flight-related expenses (Harrell is a pilot). How much? More than $325,000.
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. Additionally, Harrell’s political action committee is under scrutiny for allegedly misappropriating and misreporting funds – including an effort to force taxpayers to pay hundreds of millions of dollars on an unnecessary transportation project.
He hasn’t exactly responded like an innocent man, either – assassinating the character of one of the reporters who investigated ham, strong-arming her newspaper into backing down (by allegedly threatening to withhold an annual bribe the paper receives from the S.C. General Assembly), launching a smear campaign against Wilson and attempting to strip Wilson’s office of its power legislatively.
What do you think? Will Harrell survive this scandal? Vote in our poll and post your thoughts in our comments section below …
HARRELL INDICTMENTS (.pdf)
UPDATE I: Calls for resignation begin …
UPDATE II: Sharks circling Harrell …
UPDATE III: Harrell responds …
UPDATE IV: Harrell suspends himself from office …
As with the Jimmy Metts affair, it will only count if the jury does the right thing and sees it for what it really is.
Holy cow bejeezus! I don’t usually jump out of my seat when I read a news story, but I did for this one. I think if I were drinking coffee I would have done a spit take.
This slimeball was doing a victory dance just a few weeks ago. I just hope the investigation comes down to Charleston. We have a whole cesspool of corruption gathered around the I-526 extension that needs a good cleaning.
Mississippi Burning – Barber shop scene
FBI agent Rupert Anderson to County Deputy Sheriff Clinton Pell
(Anderson takes razor from the barber and begins shaving Clinton Pell, who is unaware.)
This is tricky.
They make it look so easy, don’t they?
I got a question for you, Clinton.
You don’t mind if I call you Clinton, do you?
I feel like I know you so well.
The way we have it, on the night of the murders, you made a short speech as the bulldozer buried the kids in the dam.
How does Lester tell it?
“Mississippi will be proud of you. You’ve struck a blow for the white man.”
Is that what you said, Clinton? Hm?
Is that what you said?
It must’ve been you, because Clayton Townley and Ray Stuckey were too smart to be there.
And you was too stupid to think anybody’d remember what you said.
But old Lester, he got a good memory.
(Anderson cuts Clayton’s neck.)
I haven’t done this for a long time.
Did you make a speech the night that you beat up your wife, Clinton? Huh?
Did you strike a blow for the white man that night?
You got a stupid smile.
You know that?
Can you see it? Huh? Good!
Did you smile when the bulldozer ran over the black kid’s body? Did ya?!
Did you smile when the bodies were covered over? Did ya?!
Get up here. Come on. Get up!
Did you smile that same stupid smile, huh?!
Did ya?! You…
Did ya smile? Did ya smile?!
Huh?! Did ya?!
Make no mistake about it, Deputy.
I’ll cut your f****n’ head off and not give a s**t how it reads in the report sheet.
GO FITS! Scoops like this make the girly shit worth wading through. How’s that for a back-handed compliment?
Maybe the girls can do a bit on prison fashion or how to handle an abusive relationship with a fellow inmate?
Orange is the “new black” after all…
No one looks good in orange. The end.
Paying attention taters?
I would beg to differ.
ANY corrupt politician looks GREAT in orange!
CLASSIC Info Ops tactics 101, 503, 808…………….
Timing right before the November election to keep a “ham sandwich” in the press instead of Thomas Ravenel eating Graham’s “Taliban cornflakes”….!!!
This action is disgusting to the voters and taxpayers of South Carolina and should be Used by ISIS in their propaganda war against the US..!! “I’m back Obama and Lindsey Graham….”
This stunt timing is just like the Ray RIce video coming out AFTER the start of the NFL season..!!
This is priceless and should be studied at the Citadel in depth…”How to distract the hearts and minds in a-symetrical political factions..”
The counter ops should also be studied ……”How to attack corporate advertisers on a “social battlefield”….”
“I violated no law and have only sought an independent prosecutor controlled by my political motives and influence.”
Dear Editor of the Post and Courier…………do you remember that scene in Rocky where he has to catch a live chicken..!?
……..well, your chicken is being …greased..!!
Jean Toal should have been indicted with him. However, my bet is she just deleted all of his phone numbers from her private cell phone.
Sorry…..Liz Gunn can pull some records from a contact outside of Norfolk…!
Heck, we highly wager that she could get a copy of a “Med Tea Room” receipt made by an Iphone that could be used in a court of LAW too…!!
Dare to wonder who has been flying with Lindsey Graham and John McCain on their jaunts to …….”Nigeria”…?
Those receipts should be shown ……..also.
Wow this clownass has lots of time on his hands.. Get back to jerking yourself off
***….meanwhile outside of a Temple bathhouse in Hebron….***
Peter: “Jesus…Jesus……wait up. Someone took my sandals…”
Rodney Dangerfield: ” It looks like someone took more than your sandals……” (eyeroll)
Peter: “Jesus…..I cannot believe how everyone in the bathhouse wanted you to turn that bath water into Vodka…! They seem to be laughing at you….”
Jesus: “Peter, my brother, its OK ……remember how some joked that the wine we served a while back was weak. Its not heresy…….just a little friendly hazing.”
Peter: ” I feel like a clown…..”
Jesus: ” Kids love clowns and a smile…even Arab kids..!”
Now THIS is the stuff FITS kicks ass on! Will’s been on this like a hobo on a ham sandwich from day freaking one…
Sorry Mike….but the guy driving the fuel truck at a certain airport has been on this since …”Ground Zero”…!!
Well done Mr. Folks – this is the real reason most of us come here.
Dare to wonder….. when Bobby Harrell does a “Crazy Ivan” and actually “indicts” FItsnews and the Post and Courier …both at the same time..!?
……..so how would you counter to wipe the smile off of Bobby Harrells face….and send a torpedo to a BOEING customers …..banker..!?
Boomerang 101, 404, 901
I got the “Crazy Ivan” reference but what the @*&*#^ is the Boomerang 101, 404, 901″ about?
Great question Colonel…..
Well a rock is just a rock until someone realizes its a diamond and knows how to view it through different prisms before a cut is made to maximize its value, right? Well, informational “diamonds” are the same way. Boomerang 101, 404, 901 are a lot like courses one takes in college to understand the value of information. These courses are also a lot like counter operations on an informative battlefield. When one realizes how information is planned and timed and strategically used before it is ever released to the general public via mass media….”diamonds” can be traded without the taxpayers ever getting a cut of the sales tax..!!
Think of how morse code is used to send a message from ship to ship and no one hears a thing.
So…Colonel, how would you talk to a jury before you ever went to TRIAL ……?
My attorney friends have always told me to speak clearly, answer directly and tell the truth. I thought maybe it had something to do with kid channels on cable.
You better not do that unless your attorney is Present and the Conversation is recorded with you or your attorney recording it.
Uh yeah… I used to get deposed from time to time in regards to Medicare business – it was always a lot of fun – not.
When two agents depose you,especially the FBI or government it is my understanding they take notes and not record so they can write what they please afterward. It is hard for me to understand how low the professions in America have become.
Had a shyster try that once, my lawyer said “do you plan to record this” he replied it wasn’t necessary and objected when our side putting a recorder on the table to which my attorney replied “…okay, see you in court…” and we got up and walked out. I would never do a deposition or even respond to questioning without it being recorded.
OMG, there is a santa claus!!!
Except next year, jailhouse Santa will be coming to Bobby’s cell to make him sit on his lap, lick his lollipop, and then share some quality face sitting time together.
I have no interest whatsoever in gay porn (except maybe lesbian) but I would actually pay good money to see that.
I have no interest whatsoever in gay porn (except maybe lesbian) but I would actually pay good money to see that.
Is the fat boy in front of Mr. Harrell showing him where to meet the nice gentlemen with the stainless steel bracelets? Can you say “Perp Walk”!
You mean Jay Lucas? Hopefully our next Speaker.
Is that who that is? That picture makes sense now.
Can’t wait for Harrell to become someone’s bitch in jail. So where’s scooter, Scooter?
Yeah, where IS “Scooter?”
His son is a sorry POS as well. Can we get a two for one special?
Family discount? BOGO? Throw in the wife?
Great job Fits! To show my appreciation, I’m clicking the first ad I see. Hmmm.. Chinesewomandate.com
+25 points and a set of teak chopsticks……
….imagine that ……..a little china girl sending a “kiss” to a journalist perping a porked politician….?
Isn’t it …ironic..?
…wonder what music they play in a Richland jail…?
I dunno, but detainees, they do play monopoly a lot. Yet the get out of jail for free card … it missing from the game box.
A law man named Lott took all the cards for himself……. :)
+ 200 dollars and a free roll to Pennsylvania Railroad…….
Wow. Fan, meet Shit, Shit, Fan. You will get pretty close very soon.
Casey, wipe that white powder off your nose and come look at what they doin to your homeboy Bobby
Does this mean Chip can be speaker? If so Yes!
Just read the indictment at The State.
What a shame we have not had the opportunity to read similar papers about Trikki Nikki!
Nitrat, IF Bobby goes down, and I mean REALLY goes down, as in orange jumpsuit, silver bracelets, and slamming doors for a few years, there is still hope for that!
Lindsey Graham would look SOOOOOO good in an orange jump suit. Keep digging guys.
Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
Treason is the charge.
Guilty as charged!!!!!
He has a close relationship with Harrell.
Pascoe took this to the Richland County grand jury. The statewide grand jury did not indict. The state grand jury was created to handle public corruption. I can see the Harrell defense shaping around that fact. Improper jurisdiction. Dunno. Good news if it holds up.
The only difference in the state grand jury and the a county grand jury is that the state grand jury can compel a witness to testify. It seems SLED had everything in order. Expect the FEDS to move next for money laundering and tax evasion.
If it is criminal, any county grand jury has jurisdiction if the crimes took place in on their turf. The State House is in Richland county.
Lexington County, SC (WLTX) – The South Carolina Department of Social Services received a complaint about a dad accused of killing his five children just weeks before the kids’ deaths.
DSS officials confirmed Wednesday they’d received a complaint on August 7th about 32-year-old Timothy Ray Jones Jr. Lexington County deputies say Jones killed his five children, then dumped their bodies near a dirt road in Alabama.
Dad to Be Charged with Murder of His Kids | Dad Wanted ‘Fresh Start’ | Deputies Say Dad Led Them to Children’s Bodies
Jones was with the children at a home in Lexington County. The computer programmer was divorced from his wife of 10 years, and had joint custody of the kids.
DSS officials says the complaint alleged abuse that Jones was abusing his children. It’s not known who filed the complaint.
And DSS did nothing? Where are Joel Lourie and Katrina Shealy. The state should have some culpability on this one. Then again look who is running DSS and who appointed them. Given the ability to act and you do nothing and 5 children die. Shame on South Carolina. All of us should feel guilty for allowing any agency of the state to fail to perform their duty. We should cut off all funding for DSS and replace everyone in the agency with qualified caring people. AND BY THE WAY tell the 5 children “it is a great day in South Carolina.”
How much more will the people of this state tolerate with Haleys flaud leadership. …5 more kids dead their blood is on her hands.
Looks like the Speaker got sandbagged by someone. The Statewide Grand Jury adjourned without handing up an indictment – but Pascoe went to the Richland County Grand Jury. I have always maintained that the Speaker wouldn’t have any legal trouble if all the evidence showed was sloppy record keeping/reporting. These allegations go far beyond that. We’ll see what happens…
It kept Manning out of the loop.
I just read the indictment. It is thin. Very thin . I suspect he will survive this.
I just read your post … it is thin. Very thin. I suspect Harrell will not survive this.
I can just about promise you, that federal raids are coming.
To Dream, the Impossible Dream!!!!!
So…Colonel, as an exercise into our discussion below; how does this article here about Harrell tie into this article here..?
Rice Motley was not stupid..!!
If he can go after an ARAB Bank funding “terrorists” ….he can go after banks supporting OIL terrorism SLAVERY and bribery and corruption in Nigeria or Richland County……?
Can he not..? WHO would be his jury..? WHO would be the plaintiffs…?
How would Fitsnews be used against the Post and Courier…..or Vice versa..?
What MONEY would be at stake…?
Judge Manning is going down with him.
Kudos to you Fits …. You da man!
BAM! BA BAM!! BA BA BAM!!!
Three cheers for democracy and the wheels of justice.
Harrell has been able to threaten and break the arms of state Supreme Court justices, fellow state legislators, state agency directors and staffers, private business owners, and lawyers and lobbyists looking for his favor. . .
. . .but not the arms of the “common folks” comprising the statewide grand jury, like cashiers, office clerks, nurses, waitresses, secretaries, school teachers, truck drivers, et cetera.
One of the most corrupt politicians in state government, he’s largely responsible for South Carolina’s ranking as “fifth most corrupt state,” scoring F (58%) on “Legislative Accountability.” http://www.stateintegrity.org/south_carolina
I live in his district and am pleased that Mary Tinkler is opposing Harrell in November’s election. http://www.marytinklerforschouse.com/home.htm
In his district we’ve been disenfranchised and mis-represented for decades by this self-serving, airplane-flying, high-living, heavy-handed “House Speaker.” He certainly doesn’t speak for me.
I look forward to his criminal trial, and hope it reveals how Harrell, a State Farm insurance agent, got into the prescription medicine business so easily and profitably. http://bobbyharrell.net/ I’ve always wondered about that.
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“Three cheers for democracy and the wheels of justice.”
Three cheers for democracy? lol
The government gears simply caught a cockroach and is starting to eat him. The machine is filled with cockroaches, because that’s what democracy is all about.
Before everybody starts dancing in the streets, please remember that Bobby Harrell saved Jean Toal’s job for a reason: If he is indicted in state court, she owns and runs the state courts with an iron hand. As for the Feds, Jean Toal owns Bill Nettles, alleged U. S. Attorney and Toal created his children’s trust funds when she saved Nettles’ father in law’s CSOL. Harrell can still skate – and Toal gets a new wing on her IOP beach house. Keep alert
Bill Nettles is a drop in the bucket right now. Don’t be a fool.
Drudge Report should be peeking in on FitsNews, if not already.
Let us not forget, The Nerve started it all.
Bobby Harrell, ALONE, was the one who announced this was over. AG Wilson
removed himself so he could pull the politics out of it. Harrell has
acted like a criminal for 18 months whether guilty or not (and I believe
he’s guilty). In 4 minutes of audio, here is the full case explained: http://www.thebryancrabtreeshow.com/speaker-bobby-harrell-indicted-should-resign-regardless-of-findings/
Hey Bryan … enjoy your show. Nice synopsis, too.
ARREST WARRANTS BEING DRAFTED — Harrell can turn himself in or be arrested at the State House or his home. Reporters are lining up with cameras to capture it all.
In the days and weeks ahead, several of Harrell’s cronies will be indicted? Hmmmmmm? ….. HEY!!! LQQK over there!!!! …. Who is that hauling out computers and files from that home over there??? … and … and …. You see that??? …. Dark Jackets with bold yellow letters on the back … what to they say???? FBI? … SLED? … OMG! … and that’s Leatherman’s house? Jean Toal’s house? …. Isn’t that one of those lobbyist for the boondoggle I-526 project??? Man! The feds are all over this! ( Me thinks we will be reading and hearing about this happening soon ).
Harrell is unstable … he should be made to turn in any firearms he owns or are in his possession. With so much pressure now on him, he might flip and go in a shooting rampage. Also, his passport should be revoked. He is a flight risk. And take the keys to his plane. We don’t want him crashing it into the AG’s office.
this is the result of failing to grease a palm in the latham case – wonder how the treasurer of the lottery is going to explain all the afternoon meetings with bubs – I guess lunches are more appetizing when served in a private hotel room.
Sorry. Yeah, yeah, I know it’s juvenile. I should know better.
But still and all, it’s so deserved, I can’t help it:
Just when you think you will never get rid of the scoundrels–the Kadaffis and Cromarties and Metts and Knotts and the now almost forgotten CPD chief and acting chief–just when you think you will never be rid of them . . . deliverance, deliverance from outside their realms.
Hallelujah! Or, stated differently:
And LOFTIS is next….
All those pay offs to Harrell .. I mean, “campaign donations.” What happens to them when Harrell is a jail bird?
Even in minimum-security prisons, DOC guards won’t give Harrell special protection or food, in fact they’ll enjoy letting bigger inmates dog-fuck and abuse him. STDs are a major problem in state prisons, so let’s hope Harrell gets a “special present” during his stay there. I’m laughing my ass off, and Harrell, if he’s got any sense, should be scared shitless (pun intended) of life in a state prison.
This is so politically motivated and timed.
Harrell has the option to turn himself in tomorrow, or be picked up Friday by SLED agents – placed in cuffs, arrested, and taken to be booked … sit in jail for a day, then taken before a State Magistrate for bail.
Harrell’s Arrest Warrant Numbers Are:
(Reuters) – South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell used hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses and falsified his private plane’s logbook to seek payment for travel that did not occur, a nine-count indictment on Wednesday said.
……. used campaign money to …….. cover goods and services for his home, friends and family that were unrelated to his campaign or elected office, the indictment said.
USA TODAY — S.C. House speaker indicted on misconduct charges …
REUTERS – South Carolina House speaker indicted …
WASHINGTON TIMES – SC House Speaker Harrell charged with misconduct
WASHINGTON POST – Powerful South Carolina House speaker indicted …
NEW YORK TIMES – used hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds ..
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – speaker indicted on charges of misconduct …
SAN FRANCISCO GATE – SC House Speaker indicted
WALL STREET JOURNAL …..
CBS NEWS ….
Apparently, the old ways are seeing their demise. Bravo!