COLUMBIA - State prosecutors are challenging a judge's decision to dismiss allegations of corruption against South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

A spokesman for Attorney General Alan Wilson confirmed the appeal Monday. But Mark Powell said he didn't immediately have the documents detailing Wilson's reasons for the appeal.

Earlier this month, Circuit Judge Casey Manning ruled a state grand jury considering the allegations was improperly empaneled. He said charges that Harrell used his influence to get a permit for his pharmaceutical business and an appointment for his brother must first be considered by the House Ethics Committee.

Manning's decision is similar to one he made regarding ethics allegations against Gov. Nikki Haley, a former House member. Harrell's lawyers argued their client's case should be dealt with the same way.