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Boyling mad over the 11th Amendment (access required)

North Carolina U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle unsheathed his legal cutlass and slashed into some longstanding jurisprudence on 11th Amendment sovereign immunity in a swashbuckling order involving a copyright squabble over shipwreck photos of the Queen Anne’s Revenge. The case ...

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When lawmakers don’t like laws (access required)

Whether nuclear war, zombie apocalypse, or other method of societal collapse, a couple of Upstate lawmakers are prepping themselves and others for Rick Grimes-style survival when the time comes. Reps. Josiah Magnuson and Jonathon Hill, Republicans out of Campobello and ...

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Something to blog about (access required)

A hat tip is in order for Charleston family law attorney and lean mean blogging machine Gregory Forman, whose insightful musings have landed his website on a list of the Top 100 divorce blogs in the world. What makes Forman’s ...

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Take it from the top (access required)

There’s more than one way to skin a cat, the old saying goes. While only Gov. Henry McMaster has the power to fire Leroy Smith, head of the state’s Department of Public Safety, the South Carolina House voted recently to ...

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Pants on fire (access required)

The other day in Miami, a criminal defense lawyer was starting his closing argument when his trousers began smoking, then burst into flames. He was defending an arson case. Stephen Gutierrez ran out of the courtroom, then returned to finish ...

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Firefighters vs. Police (access required)

It’s unclear whether the beef between Chester County firefighters and deputies is over, but a lawsuit filed after a roadside spat between the first responders apparently is. West Chester firefighters and brothers Andy and Tommy Martin sued the Chester County ...

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It can’t be that bad (access required)

South Carolina’s repetitive inclusion on worst-of lists has been a running joke in Sidebar. But a new low ranking from U.S. News & World Report may have gone too far in smearing the much-maligned state of smiling faces and beautiful ...

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