Court records kept secret in SC house speaker ethics case

By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve

Despite explosive testimony in Friday’s unprecedented court hearing pitting South Carolina’s top prosecutor against arguably the state’s most powerful lawmaker, questions remain about what happened in a private meeting last year in the Attorney General’s Office.

Although Circuit Court Judge Casey Manning quickly ruled that the hearing in the Richland County Courthouse would be open – thwarting efforts by House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s lawyers to keep it secret – both sides afterward declined The Nerve’s request to release normally public court documents that were cited during the hearing.

The Nerve learned after the hearing that Harrell’s written request to remove Republican Attorney General Alan Wilson from the case has been kept under lock and key for about a month.

at The Nerve.

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