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What lies beneath (access required)

When a pipe springs a leak, most people call a plumber or grab the duct tape. But Lucille Ray of Rock Hill didn’t have the luxury of either option when a busted drainage pipe that belonged to the city began ...

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War Story: When Twins Go Bad (access required)

Before joining Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 1988, I practiced law in Southwest Virginia for about three years. Like many rookie lawyers, I got a lot of court-appointed criminal work. I handled a jury trial for one of my court-appointed clients ...

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Tiger woes grow (access required)

This Sidebar reporter’s esteemed colleague noted (see “Sore Losers?”) that it’s hard right now — for football enthusiasts and possibly juvenile defendants — to be a fan of Louisiana State University. I would submit that it is nearly as hard ...

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Sore losers? (access required)

It’s a bad week to be a fan of Louisiana State University football. But it could be an even worse week for juvenile defendants in Louisiana. A new paper by LSU economics professors Naci Mocan and Ozkan Eren found that ...

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Lying like a dog (access required)

They say every dog has his day, but not every dog has his day in court. Not only did a dog in South Carolina have her day in court, but she made history by being the first Palmetto State pooch ...

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In plain sight (access required)

A wanted Rock Hill man was arrested earlier this month after he all but walked into the local police station with a bow on his head. For reasons unknown, Samuel Wilson, who had arrest warrants for alleged domestic violence, decided ...

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Watch your mouth (access required)

The language of law is rich and varied. Anyone who goes to law school learns a whole new vocabulary. And words, especially in statutes, are open to different meanings and interpretations. But are they open to different pronunciations? Not so ...

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