New prosecutor picked to head up legislative corruption case

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A new special prosecutor has been appointed to take over the investigation of corruption within South Carolina’s Legislature.

In a letter obtained Monday by The Associated Press, Chief Deputy Attorney General John McIntosh notified Solicitor Dan Johnson he had been picked to head up the effort.

On Monday, McIntosh removed Solicitor David Pascoe from the case, saying he was “deeply troubled” the prosecutor had tried to open a state grand jury probe into a redacted portion of a state police report without proper authority.

Attorney General Alan Wilson designated Pascoe to head up prosecution against former House Speaker Bobby Harrell, who ultimately pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor campaign spending violations and resigned last fall.

State prosecutors have said the probe is ongoing, but no lawmakers have been charged.

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