SLED releases its investigative report on former South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — The State Law Enforcement Division has released a heavily-redacted version of its report on former House Speaker Bobby Harrell, offering details into prosecutors' case against the once-powerful politician.

SLED provided reporters with copies Tuesday, one month after Harrell pleaded guilty to six campaign spending violations and resigned from office.

SLED turned over its investigative report to Attorney General Alan Wilson last December. Eleven of the 42 pages are either completely or mostly blacked out.

Details include that Harrell told investigators that it was a legitimate campaign expense to fly his airplane to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for a high school baseball tournament in 2009. He called it a "see and be seen trip" with constituents.

Harrell and his attorney did not return messages seeking comment.

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