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Dealt a bad Hand (access required)

As lawyers, you’ve all had ungrateful clients. Clients who didn’t appreciate your efforts, didn’t listen to your advice, and so on. But no client, perhaps, has been more ungrateful and downright rude than Ricky Hand, 46, of Springfield, Ohio. According ...

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See, what happened was… (access required)

Alcohol and boating don’t mix, I’ve heard it said. That’s especially true when you’re in a stolen boat and the best story you can come up with to tell authorities after drifting into a restricted area is that you tossed ...

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Not so wild West (access required)

I don’t know how accurate the old Western flicks are that my grandparents seem to be watching every time I’m there, but back then men wore six-guns on their hip like they were standard issue. Welp, times are a changin’. ...

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No warrant required (access required)

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In 2015, a divided 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel held that the government must obtain a search warrant before acquiring historical cell-site location information from a cellphone provider if the information sought covers “an extended period of time.” ...

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Play nice, now (access required)

The campaign between Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and the man hoping to unseat him, former South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agent James Flowers, is getting ugly. Not contentious; ugly. The two sparred recently, trading jabs and hooks about everything ...

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Ricky, Robby (access required)

As the father of two young boys, this Sidebar reporter understands that siblings learn from each other and, on occasion, even to look up to each other. But Robby Lynn Hawkins of Rockwood, Tennessee, wanted to be his brother—at least ...

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When it all goes wrong (access required)

File this one in South Carolina’s “you can’t make this stuff up” binder. On top. Maybe highlight it. According to The Herald of Rock Hill, a man was charged with driving under the influence after officers found his Dodge van ...

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Not legal advice (access required)

Remember back in 2013 when Steve Smith, still with the Carolina Panthers, looked into the NFL Network camera and told then-New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, with whom he had just tussled for the better part of 60 minutes, to ...

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