Jury Selection Has Started In Capital

In corruption trial of former lawmaker

Patrick Gentry
October 22, 2018 - 12:30 pm

Jury selection is scheduled in the trial of a former South Carolina lawmaker charged in an investigation of statehouse corruption.

The process of selecting a jury was to begin Monday in the trial of former Columbia Rep. James Harrison.

The former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee was indicted last year on two counts of misconduct in office and criminal conspiracy charges.

Harrison was one of five people charged in the corruption probe last year. He left office after deciding not to seek re-election in 2012.

Four former lawmakers have pleaded guilty in the case. They include former House Speaker Bobby Harrell of Charleston, former Majority Leader Jim Merrill of Daniel Island, former Rep. Richard Quinn Jr. of Lexington and former Columbia Senator John Courson.

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