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Kill all the lawyers?

By Brooks Davis In regard to Frank Wooten’s Sept. 14 column titled “Defending lawyers by reason of necessity,” he, as many others before him, misinterpreted Shakespeare’s famous line from Henry VI, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” If Mr. Wooten had done his due diligence, he would find that the line… 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 »

Off-duty cop charged with DUI

A North Charleston police officer was placed on administrative duty after authorities said he wrecked his truck early Thursday while driving under the influence. Stanley Tucker, 27, was held at the Charleston County jail in lieu of a $997 personal recognizance bond, jail records show. S.C. Highway Patrol troopers said Tucker was off-duty when the… 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 »

Fiery cargo jet crash kills 2 in Alabama

A UPS cargo plane slammed into a field and burst into flames near an Alabama airport Wednesday, killing the pilot and co-pilot and strewing debris for hundreds of yards, authorities said. The plane, an Airbus A300, was en route from Louisville, Ky., when it crashed on approach to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen… Read More »

Crash report: Officer drank, fell asleep

The Post and Courier A North Charleston police officer was sleep-deprived, taking antidepressants and on her third drink as she made an alcohol run to a store last month, according to an incident report. But Christina Mask was a half-mile from her home when she fell asleep at the wheel of her marked cruiser and… Read More »

Mosquito pilot cleared after inquiry into Ravenel Bridge scare

The Post and Courier A pilot spraying for mosquitoes near the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge has been cleared of any wrongdoing after drivers called 911 saying they feared his aircraft might hit the span. The Federal Aviation Administration said it reviewed the flight of pilot Tommy Phillips of Williamsburg Air Service and determined there was… 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 »

North Charleston police officer charged with DUI

The Post and Courier A North Charleston police officer has been placed on unpaid leave after crashing her cruiser into a ditch in Jedburg while off duty and under the influence of alcohol, authorities said. Officer Christina Mask, 29, crashed her fully marked 2011 Ford Crown Victoria around 1 a.m. Monday, Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob… Read More »

Pilot’s texting contributed to copter crash

By JOAN LOWY — Associated Press WASHINGTON — Texting by the pilot of a medical helicopter contributed to a crash that killed four people, federal accident investigators declared Tuesday, and they approved a safety alert cautioning all pilots against using cellphones or other distracting devices during critical operations. It was the first fatal commercial aircraft… Read More »