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Suspended Speaker Harrell slated to be in court; prosecutors, defense attorneys won't say why

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Suspended South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell is scheduled to be in court, but neither prosecutors nor his defense attorneys will say why.

Prosecutor David Pascoe said in a news release that Harrell will be in court in Richland County at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. He would not say what the hearing was about or give any other information.

Harrell was indicted Sept. 10 on nine misdemeanor charges. Authorities say he misused his office for personal gain and lied to law enforcement about his campaign expenses.

Harrell has denied wrongdoing. His attorney, Bart Daniel, did not return messages Wednesday after the hearing was announced.

Harrell stepped aside as speaker shortly after he was indicted. He remains a Republican House member and is seeking re-election.


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