State Grand Jury: Attorney General impeded corruption probe

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A State Grand Jury which investigated Statehouse corruption in South Carolina says state Attorney General Alan Wilson took actions that impeded the investigation whether they were intentional or not.

The report released Tuesday after a two-year investigation says authorities lost 13 months as Wilson sat on a report. Then he lost a fight over Solicitor David Pascoe’s authority. The delay meant the statute of limitations on potential federal crimes like money laundering ran out.

Wilson is a client of a political consultant prominent in the report and once called him a father figure. The Republican called it a political smear against his re-election.

The grand jury report also says lawmakers need to pass stricter penalties for ethics violations and more stringent rules on lobbying.

Four Republican lawmakers have pleaded guilty. None served prison time.

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