COLUMBIA - A circuit court hearing in the case of House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, has not yet been scheduled, the state grand jury's clerk of court, James Parks, said Tuesday afternoon. He said an announcement would be made when it is scheduled.
Harrell attorney Gedney Howe said last week that a hearing in front of Judge Casey Manning had been scheduled for Wednesday morning. Harrell's attorneys are expected to argue that an ethics-relate complaints against Harrell should be heard by the House Ethics Commission and not the state court.
Critics worry such a move would kill the investigation into Harrell given the powerful speaker's influence in the Legislature. Harrell has been accused of using his campaign funds for personal use, among other allegations.
It is not clear why the hearing has not been scheduled. Howe did not immediately return a phone call on Tuesday.
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