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Supreme Court overrules itself, orders new trial for improper jury instructions  (access required)

  The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Laurens County man convicted of drug offenses, finding that a trial judge inappropriately instructed the jury that it may infer “knowledge and possession” when illegal drugs are found on property under a defendant’s control.   The unanimous May 19 ruling reverses the precedent set by the court in 1987’s State v. ...

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