Judge dismisses case against SC Speaker Harrell

Judge dismisses case against SC Speaker Harrell

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A judge has dismissed a case involving House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

Circuit Judge Casey Manning said in a ruling issued Monday the courts system is not the appropriate venue for the case.

The State Grand Jury has been considering whether Harrell should be indicted on allegations he used his influence for his own personal benefit.

Manning's decision is similar to one he previously made regarding ethics allegations against Gov. Nikki Haley, a former House member.

The House Ethics Committee ultimately cleared her of all charges.

Harrell's lawyers argued their client's case should be dealt with identically. Attorney General Alan Wilson had said the Harrell matter is criminal and therefore must be dealt with in court.

Wilson said in a statement he would appeal and seek to continue the investigation.