COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Legislators, not the legal system, should handle citizen complaints against their elected representatives.
That's the ruling of the state's highest court, which turned down a case accusing Governor Nikki Haley of breaking ethics laws.
The state Supreme Court ruled against Republican activist John Rainey, who sued Haley in 2011.
He accused her of improper lobbying while working as a hospital fundraiser and also for a highway engineering firm while representing Lexington County in the state House before she became governor.
A judge had thrown out Rainey's case and a House ethics panel cleared Haley of Rainey's allegations.
A spokesman for the governor says the Supreme Court's ruling is the latest proof the allegations are false.