The South Carolina Supreme Court has now set oral arguments dates in the rift between the state’s attorney general and a special prosecutor he tasked with investigation corruption allegations.
The court announced Wednesday it would set arguments for the various motions by Attorney General Alan Wilson and First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe for June 16 at 9:30 a.m.
At issue before the high court will be whether Wilson has the authority to remove Pascoe from an investigation into alleged public corruption in the state legislature, an investigation that includes inquiries into political allies of Wilson’s. Previous reporting from The State newspaper indicates some of the targets use the same political consultants as the attorney general.
Pascoe asked the court to intercede and convene the State Grand Jury in March, claiming that Wilson had initially authorized, then impeded his investigation into the General Assembly. Wilson responded by trying to remove Pascoe, claiming the prosecutor was going too far and had leaked sensitive information about the investigation to the press.
The Supreme Court will consider whether Wilson has the authority to remove a special prosecutor. It will also determine whether Pascoe has the ability to convene the State Grand Jury without Wilson’s office.