Harrell due in court; prosecutor won't say why

Harrell due in court; prosecutor won't say why

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - A court hearing has been scheduled for suspended South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell, who prosecutors say misused his office for personal gain.

Prosecutor David Pascoe said 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 charges - two counts of misconduct in office, six counts of using campaign money for personal use and falsely reporting campaign disclosures. Each is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Prosecutors say Harrell also lied to law enforcement about his campaign expenses. Harrell has denied wrongdoing.

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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