Palmetto Sunrise: Harrell announces he's no longer under investigation

House Speaker Bobby Harrel along with his children, Charlotte and Trey leave the courtroom after arguments in the South Carolina Supreme Court Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

COLUMBIA - There's a chance you may have missed major news this weekend.

House Speaker Bobby Harrell told a group of Republicans on Saturday that the state grand jury is no longer investigating him and that the state's top prosecutor removed himself from the criminal ethics probe.

"My attorneys recently were informed that I am no longer the subject of a state Grand Jury investigation," said Harrell speaking to the group. "The state Grand Jury expired June 30th and there is no longer any state Grand Jury investigation of me."

Attorney General Alan Wilson removed himself from the case more than a month ago but Harrell's attorneys were not notified until July 29, Harrell said.

Harrell had been accused of using campaign funds for personal use and using his office to benefit his business, among other allegations. The Charleston Republican had long maintained his innocence and said the investigation was politically motivated.

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