COLUMBIA - A decision on whether the attorney general should be removed from a grand jury investigation against S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell will likely come later than expected.

Attorneys for Harrell and Attorney General Alan Wilson have been granted an extension to file briefs through the close of business Friday instead of Wednesday, one of Harrell's attorneys, Bart Daniel, confirmed.

The case involves whether Wilson threatened the House speaker through an intermediary and should be removed from an ethics-related probe into Harrell's conduct. Harrell has said that Wilson's motives are political, accusations the attorney general denies.

Richland County Judge Casey Manning said after last Friday's hearing that he would try to make a decision on the case this week, a timeline that will likely be moved back because of the new filing deadline. Manning said he would examine written arguments from both sides before making a decision.

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