Pro tip: If you’re trying to defraud the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration out of millions of dollars by claiming your multiple sclerosis has left you virtually immobile, you might want to avoid getting caught ...Read More »
SCOTUS applies Miller ruling retroactively
Dozens of inmates serving mandatory life sentences in South Carolina may get a chance at parole thanks to a Jan. 25 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. In an unusual move, the high court held in Montgomery v. Louisiana that ...
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Free speech fiasco?
Journalists in South Carolina may soon have to report themselves to the government before they can report on anything else in the state. At least, that’s the goal of a bill put forward Jan. 19 in the state House of ...
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Fourth Circuit warns police officers about using Tasers on resisting subjects
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has put police officers on notice when it comes to using Taser stun guns as a pain compliance tool on a resisting subject. Unless officers can demonstrate that the subject poses an “immediate ...
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Corralled by crime scene tape
And things had been going so well. A mismatched duo of a donkey and a sheep had successfully ditched their owners and were on the lam near Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on Jan. 13. But before they could reach their ...Read More »
U.S. House approves bill to limit class actions
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Jan. 8 to pass a bill aimed at limiting the number of plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits. The Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2016, H.R. 1927, would require ...
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