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Lawmaker seeks scrutiny for judicial panels

By Adam Benson, Post and Courier COLUMBIA — An Upstate lawmaker wants more scrutiny of two judicial oversight panels that largely declined to take any action against the state’s circuit judges over two decades despite more than 1,000 formal complaints. The request from Rep. Tommy Stringer, a Greer Republican, targets the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, which… Read More »

Hemp farmer gets an initial win in court

By Thomas Novelly, Post and Courie A Dorchester County hemp farmer who was arrested by law enforcement earlier this year after they destroyed his crops has won an initial victory in court. John Pendarvis, a Harleyville resident, had 10 acres of hemp destroyed by State Law Enforcement Division agents in September. He had a license to… Read More »

Public Safety inquiry over arrest interference prompts concerns

By Adam Benson, Post and Courier COLUMBIA — An internal state Department of Public Safety report this month concluded a retired Highway Patrol administrator interfered in the 2014 arrest of a prominent Clemson booster, which lawmakers cite as an example of the culture that contributed to the impending departure of embattled Director Leroy Smith. “I think… Read More »

Qualified to judge?

By Joseph Cranney, Post and Courier The trial that upended Sasha Darby’s life lasted just 11 minutes. She had struck her roommate during a spat and found herself charged with assault. Standing alone at the defendant’s table that day, she tried to argue that the attack was self-defense. But Magistrate Rebecca Adams cut her off. “You… Read More »

Civil asset forfeitures violate SC and US constitutions, Horry judge rules

By David Slade, The Post and Courier In a stunning and strongly worded ruling, an Horry County judge declared South Carolina’s civil asset forfeiture laws violate both the state and federal constitutions. The decision sets the stage for court challenges and potentially a rewriting of state laws that allow police to seize cash, cars and other… Read More »

SC ‘sovereign citizen’ rejects delusional outlaw world, gets mercy from federal judge

By John Monk, The Stat Back in January, when he was arrested by the FBI, nothing could convince Arthur Cropp that his self-proclaimed status as a “sovereign citizen” didn’t allow him to peddle fraudulent money orders as if they were real. But during the last 10 months, which he spent in jail, Cropp, 31, of the… Read More »

Indiana woman convicted of reckless homicide in 3 deaths

Associated Pres ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman was convicted Friday of reckless homicide for plowing her pickup truck into four children, killing three of them, as they crossed a two-lane highway to board their school bus. The Fulton County jury also found Alyssa Shepherd, 24, guilty of criminal recklessness in the Oct. 30,… Read More »

Fifteen Shades of Grey Aircraft Charter

By John McGraw, Business Aviation Advisor Perhaps you’d like to offset some of the cost of your own flying by making your aircraft available for charter when you’re not using it. You have two ways to do so: you can secure your own FAA Part 135 charter certificate, or you can enroll your aircraft in a… Read More »

NASA, Uber Working Together To Develop Systems For Flying Cars

By Inigo Monzon, International Business Time NASA and ridesharing firm Uber have teamed up to study and analyze the technology and logistics involved in launching a traffic network for flying cars. The collaboration is part of NASA’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) project. The UAM focuses on developing an air transportation system that caters to low-flying personal… Read More »

Seven dead after a WWII ear B-17 bomber crash at a Connecticut Airport

By Jason Hanna, Steve Always and Aaron Cooper, CNN Seven people are dead after a World War II-era B-17 bomber crashed into an airport de-icing facility while trying to land at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, officials said. The seven were on the plane, James Rovella, commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection,… Read More »