The duel: Feuding prosecutors and the meltdown of an ethics probe

-POST & COURIER, 2 APRIL 2016, FEAT. PROF. JOHN P. FREEMAN:

It was a long time coming, this grand jury, and the week before Easter special prosecutor David Pascoe was about to pull the trigger.

For months, Pascoe and agents with the State Law Enforcement Division had worked on a public corruption case targeting state lawmakers — a spinoff of one that took down Bobby Harrell, the Republican leader of the House, previously one of the most powerful men in South Carolina.

But 17 months had passed since Harrell’s guilty plea, and political observers had begun to question whether the probe would stop with Harrell. And if that happened, what would that say about other efforts to hold lawmakers accountable? State senators had already blocked reforms of the state’s loophole-ridden ethics laws. <Read More>