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Category Archives: General Interest

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 »

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 »

Man arrested outside Mt. Pleasant school: ‘It’s not like I’m gonna shoot a bunch of kids’

By Anne Emerson and Matt Dillane, WCIV A man has been charged after Mount Pleasant Police responded to a suspicious person report outside of a school on Wednesday. According to officials, around 3 p.m., officers were called to the area of Carolina Park Academy where 31-year-old Michael Gorlitsky of Awendaw was detained in the library… Read More »

Court rules owners must pay when police destroy property

By Phillip Bantz, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Law enforcement officers needn’t worry about paying for property they damage in the line of duty, according to a novel decision that divided the South Carolina Supreme Court and left a pair of business owners holding the bag after police bulldozed their convenience store. The issue of whether… Read More »

Insurer to pay $380,000 to settle Taser lawsuit against North Charleston

By Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier North Charleston’s insurer has agreed to pay $380,000 to an Iraq War veteran who said a police officer shocked him three times with a Taser for no reason. The settlement will end National Guardsman Brian Yates’ excessive force lawsuit that a federal appeals court already had used to further… Read More »

Plenty of Passengers, but Where Are the Pilots?

By Kate Murphy, The New York Times DELAYS or cancellations because of bad weather or mechanical problems are exasperating but common occurrences in air travel, but increasingly, passengers aren’t making it to their destinations for yet another reason: not enough pilots. The gate agent may not tell you that’s why you’re grounded, but a dearth of… Read More »

57 Year Old Disabled Veteran in Alabama Sentenced to Life in Prison for Growing Marijuana for Personal Use

By Anna Merlan, Reporter for Jezebel The New York Times editorial board weighed in Thursday on what they called the “outrageous” sentenced handed down to Lee Carroll Brooker, a 75-year-old disabled veteran in Alabama who is serving a life sentence for growing marijuana. The NYT called on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Brooker’s sentence,… Read More »