Palmetto Sunrise: State Grand Jury changes pursued by Alan Wilson

Attorney General Alan Wilson

COLUMBIA - Attorney General Alan Wilson wants for the State Grand Jury to have greater independence.

The Post and Courier's Jeremy Borden reported on Sunday that Wilson is pushing for legislation that would restrict a judge's oversight of the State Grand Jury. Defense attorneys already plan on fighting the bill.

The statewide grand jury played a central part in the case that led to former House Speaker Bobby Harrell pleading guilty to using campaign funds for personal use and resigning in October.

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South Carolina's elections among least competitive in the U.S. (The Post and Courier)

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Gun violence fuels 40 percent surge in Charleston-area killings (The Post and Courier)

Two former S.C. governors missed Jim Edwards' funeral, but with good excuses (The Post and Courier)

Governors' inaugurals fueled by political donors (The Associated Press)