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Category Archives: Criminal Defense

SLED getting $5M tech overhaul

 By SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press COLUMBIA — The State Law Enforcement Division is spending more than $5 million to overhaul its decades-old technology system and better protect massive amounts of electronic data that’s critical to protecting officers and the public and keeping the judicial branch running. Chief Mark Keel said he knew when he took… Read More »

Judge’s ruling expands scope of ‘stand your ground’

By JOHN MONK COLUMBIA — In a potentially landmark state court ruling, a South Carolina judge — citing the state’s Stand Your Ground Act — has granted immunity from prosecution to a man charged with shooting and killing an unarmed bystander in a Columbia case. “When the defendant fired the shot, he reasonably believed he… Read More »

Stand Your Ground faces test in S.C.

Shannon Scott argues he should not be prosecuted for shooting and killing an unarmed Keenan High School basketball player. In his Stand Your Ground argument in a Richland County courtroom last week, Scott and his attorney, Todd Rutherford, said Scott fired his weapon from his front yard to protect his daughter, who was being chased… Read More »

Prison sentence for single, fatal punch at Summerville-area bar poses questions about assault law

The Post and Courier The one time that Michael David Sigler punched a man was enough to send the 41-year-old to prison until mid-2017. The legislation Solicitor David Pascoe has pointed to portions of assault law that have created problems for prosecutors. Senate Bill 273, for which Pascoe said he provided input, would adjust wording… Read More »