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Upcoming book takes readers on a historic tour of SC’s courthouses (access required)

Here's a little-known nugget of Palmetto State legal history: The last witch trial in the United States was held in Lancaster County in 1813. Details of the case are sparse, but it boiled down to a young girl's accusation against a woman she claimed had turned her into a horse and had ridden her through the streets and lanes of Lancaster and as far afield as Cheraw. The scary and scurrilous claim didn't get too far, and defendant Barbara Powers was acquitted. But the case shines - or perhaps glows eerily - as an example of the unusual and arcane facets of legal history captured in a soon-to-be-published book about South Carolina's courthouses.

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