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Oct 2, 2023

Supreme Court opens new term today

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seems a bit quieter than in recent years, as the justices begin a new term. Major cases await, as they always do, including several challenges to regulatory agencies and efforts to regulate social media platforms. But nothing yet seems on par with conservative-driven decisions overturning Roe v. Wade’s right to […]

Oct 2, 2023

Myers, Columbia law firm partner, dies at 47

Moore Bradley Myers partner Stanley Myers has died at the age of 47. Myers died unexpectedly Sept. 27, a news release from the law firm says. MBM managing partner Christian Spradley asked that community members turn their attention to praying for Stanley’s wife, Tashia, and their two young children. His service and spirit of giving […]

Oct 2, 2023

Connecticut tightens laws on gun control

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s most wide-ranging gun control measure since the 2013 law enacted after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting took effect Sunday, with proponents vowing to pursue more gun legislation despite legal challenges happening across the country. The new law, signed by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont in June, bans the open carrying of […]

Oct 2, 2023

Garland says he’d resign if asked to target Trump

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland said in an interview that aired Sunday that he would resign if asked by President Joe Biden to take action against Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. But he doesn’t think he’ll be put in that position. “I am sure that that will not happen, but I would not do […]

Sep 29, 2023

Lawyers in the News – September 2023

New associations  Rebecca Laney Anderson has joined the Simpsonville office of the LawyerLisa firm. Her practice focuses on estate, life care and Medicaid planning.    Hannah J. Campbell has joined the Shumaker law firm of Charleston as part of its wealth strategies service line. Her practice focuses on estate planning, administration and litigation and on […]

Sep 29, 2023

Latest fight focuses on control of Murdaugh assets

COLUMBIA — Attorneys for convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh want the federal government to take over whatever is left of the millions of dollars and other assets the convicted murderer stole and earned through his legal work. The assets have been under state control for nearly two years, but Murdaugh’s attorneys said the federal government won’t […]

Sep 29, 2023

Judge dismisses state lawmaker’s defamation suit

OMAHA, Neb. — A judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by a Nebraska lawmaker against a conservative political action committee that labeled her a child “groomer” and sexual abuser in online posts, citing the constitutional right to free speech. State Sen. Megan Hunt sued the Nebraska Freedom Coalition and three of its officers after they […]

Sep 29, 2023

5th Circuit blocks Louisiana redistricting hearings

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge’s plan to hold hearings next week to draw up congressional boundary lines giving Louisiana a second majority-Black district was blocked Thursday by a divided appeals court panel. Supporters of establishing a second such district had hoped a recent Supreme Court ruling upholding a redrawn map in Alabama would soon […]

Sep 28, 2023

Courts’ work will continue amid government shutdown

Lawyers with federal court cases calendared for next week won’t get a respite even if the U.S. government shuts down. “They’ve got court on Monday. They should be there,” Katherine Hord Simon, clerk for the Western District of North Carolina, said. “The main thing for us is we will be operating business as usual.” Two […]

Sep 28, 2023

Domestic abuse victim again denied parole

COLUMBIA — A South Carolina woman who killed her abuser with a kitchen knife six years ago will continue serving her 15-year prison term after the state parole board denied her early release Wednesday. Tiffany Jenae Carroll, 36, failed to get the two-thirds vote necessary for parole. Despite a 3-2 decision supporting her bid to […]

Sep 28, 2023

Mississippi activists ask to join water lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. — Activists in Mississippi’s majority-Black capital city are trying to join a federal lawsuit against the city for violating standards for clean drinking water, even as they say the Black judge presiding over the case is stirring racial division. The activists from the Mississippi Poor People’s Campaign and People’s Advocacy Institute filed court […]

Sep 28, 2023

State judge blocks gender-affirming care ban

HELENA, Mont. — A Montana law banning gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors is temporarily blocked, a state judge ruled Wednesday, just four days before it was to take effect. Legislative debate over Montana’s bill drew national attention this spring after Republicans punished Democratic Rep. Zooey Zephyr — the first transgender woman elected to the […]

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