Hearing Scheduled In Bobby Harrell Corruption Case

POWERFUL LEGISLATIVE LEADER TO MAKE FIRST APPEARANCE IN COURT SINCE INDICTMENT By FITSNEWS  ||  S.C. first circuit solicitor David Pascoe has scheduled a preliminary hearing in the ongoing saga of suspended S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell. Harrell was indicted last month on nine counts of public corruption –  prompting the…


By FITSNEWS  ||  S.C. first circuit solicitor David Pascoe has scheduled a preliminary hearing in the ongoing saga of suspended S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell.

Harrell was indicted last month on nine counts of public corruption –  prompting the powerful legislative leader to suspend himself from office the following day.  He’s since been arraigned, but this will be his first chance to address the allegations against him.

Pascoe’s hearing will be held on Thursday October 23 (a.k.a. tomorrow) at 10:30 a.m. EDT in court room 2B of the Richland County Judicial Center (here).

“No further information will be provided at this time,” a curt release from the solicitor’s office stated.

Harrell faces nine criminal charges at the state level – malfeasance, two counts of misconduct in office and six counts of campaign finance violations.  Additionally, there is widespread speculation that he is the subject of an ongoing federal-state investigation.

Well, him and several other members of the S.C. House of Representatives …

Working alongside S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson and other state entities, federal investigators acting under the authority of U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles have reportedly been looking into allegations of corruption at the S.C. State House for the past nine months (at least).  This investigation – which is expected to result in indictments prior to the end of the year – centers on three main areas.  Those are, 1) misuse of campaign funds by members, 2) abusing public offices for personal gain and 3) vote-trading (or vote-selling) tied to the controversial February 2014 legislative election that saw Jean Toal win another term as chief justice of the state’s supreme court.

Other judicial elections may also be part of “the probe,” which has started to receive mainstream media coverage in the Palmetto State earlier this month.

Financial transactions undertaken by the Palmetto Leadership Council – a political action committee affiliated with Harrell – are also reportedly the subject of scrutiny related to the ongoing investigation.  As are financial transactions associated with similar “leadership PACs” run by other lawmakers.

UPDATE: Harrell to plead guilty, resign from office.

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Dont Piss Off The Citizens October 22, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Upping the charges against Harrell.

SC Political Digest October 22, 2014 at 3:39 pm

How many trillions in productivity, lost wages and lack of opportunity has Obama cost the American citizen EVERY day? Not to mention the criminal targeting of Conservatives, dead border agents and the failure to protect our service people overseas.

Yet not one judge or hearing for Obama, nor has a court summoned your pop-cult-lord-god to step forward to account. In fact you lie, or fail to report the truth about this evil and incompetent fool you have elected king…

While you effeminately hand-wring and obsess over tiny little Bobby Harrell. I’ll let the legal system deal w/ Harrell. If he is guilty, left him pay. But who the H#!! will give back all that your corrupt B@$t@*ds have taken for the last six years?

When will your sorry, criminal negligent @$$ pay for all that you have so F*#ked up?

grandtangosuglydog October 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Still no visitors on your lonely little site huh Emily? Focus..that article was about Harrell, yet another highly placed Republican being outed as a crook..not your life obsession Obama.

SC Political Digest October 22, 2014 at 5:17 pm

That ring….that theme.. It’s so familiar……LMAO…is that little jealous Squishy, who got so humiliated that he had to change his name???…Hahahaha…You smarmy little liberals are as sneaky as you are corrupt…And you think no one can figure out your stupid little schemes…Hahahaha…Dumb@$$…

grandtangosuglydog October 23, 2014 at 10:45 am

Nope not squishy, just a guy who hates bullies and trolls and your worthless ass is both. Still no visits on your crappy site? still have to spend all day every day on a site you constantly bash, says more about you than words could ever express. How pathetic that you spend every second obsessing over Obama and then posting it on a site you spend every day bashing. That is the definition of being a loser.

Dan on Divine October 22, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Has Jean decided who the judge will be yet?

Had Enough of my Repubs October 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm

My Party, the Republican Party has handed this State a $h1t sandwich:
Charleston: Harrell, Sanford, Ravenel
Lexington : Metts, Frazier, Haley, Owens, Peeler
Richland: McMaster
Please get your heads out of your A$$ and don’t send us anymore embarrassments!

CorruptionInColumbia October 22, 2014 at 7:49 pm

You forgot Chip Slimehouse.

Lamplighter October 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Two individuals told me that they have been recently interviewed about Harrell by the FBI which is in turn interviewing all of their contacts, going all the way up Harrell’s sleeve. No doubt the FBI and SLED are sharing information regarding Harrell and his corrupt cohorts. May they stew in their own juices this festive holiday season.

Why did you shoot me? October 22, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Do you think Dan “It’s a clean shoot” Johnson is helping too?

Native Ink October 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Post & Courier is breaking news that Harrell will plead guilty. I’m looking forward to the write up (and victory dance) here.

southmauldin October 22, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Maybe Herpes Harrell can have his son, a chip off of the old turd, to assume his seat; I’m sure his district is too damn stupid to vote for his opponent and rid the House of this POS.

Native Ink October 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

LOL. He misses Charleston desperately he says. Funny how he started missing Charleston once his dad’s career in Columbia went down in flames.

Sally October 22, 2014 at 8:16 pm


Extraordinary Mediocracy October 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm

State Newspaper reports that Harrell is expected to plead guilty…

Soft Sigh from Hell October 22, 2014 at 6:41 pm

What an excellent beginning!

I wonder what Metts will do at the very end, after all the similar protestation of innocence.

Halfvast Conspirator October 22, 2014 at 6:03 pm

He should change to D right quick, this would be a resume enhancer.

SC Political Digest October 22, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Hey FITS, You’re more dangerous than Harrell. There is a GREAT piece up on SCPSD about the dangers of Liberal-tarians, including YOU and Ravenel…


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