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The beer cheerleader (access required)

Around the office at Bradford Neal Martin & Associates in Greenville, Brook Bristow is known as “associate,” but in craft brew circles, the 33-year-old wears the loftier title of “lawyer and beer friend.” That’s how the South Carolina Brewers Association ...

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Better off in prison (access required)

After being convicted of two burglaries, Willie Lee Simmons requested the chance to participate in SC STRONG, a nonprofit that provides vocational opportunities for substance abusers and ex-convicts. Simmons hoped for a probation plea bargain, and he presumably figured working ...

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Just following procedure (access required)

Just in case you needed another reason to dislike dealing with insurance companies, Greg Cohen’s story will probably do the trick. Cohen, a South Carolina resident, called his local insurance agency to add a new motorcycle to his policy, stating ...

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Wheels of justice live up to the cliché (access required)

Columbia lawyer Robert N. Boorda was the subject of international headlines last August when he went from heading a federal institution in Iraq to being a convicted fraudster. Considering the high-profile nature of Boorda’s case, it was a bit of a surprise to learn last week that it had taken the S.C. Supreme Court half a year to discipline him after the news of his guilty plea on a felony charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud became public.

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Doctor needs a viral outbreak (access required)

One of the leaders of an effort to create a new political party in South Carolina said last week that social media will factor prominently into its organizing efforts. Sidebar loves fledgling movements and social media, so we came up with a tip for the new party that organizers are welcome to use, free of charge. This one’s on us.

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You, Me and DuPree … and a state trooper (access required)

Attorneys: If you get pulled over by the police, please do not repeatedly tell the officer “I’m a lawyer,” as if it’s going to make your situation better. It won’t. It’ll only make the situation worse. For one South Carolina attorney, it got his license to practice law suspended for nine months.

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Look! There’s our peach! (access required)

The new television political series “House of Cards” proves once again that in South Carolina, any truth encountered along the roadside will always be stranger than fiction. Enthralled viewers of the political drama, the first made-for-Netflix series, are lapping up Kevin Spacey’s portrayal of fictional U.S. Rep. Frank Underwood, whose district includes Gaffney. Passed over for Secretary of State by a president whose election he helped secure, the spurned Democrat plots revenge by Machiavellian means and with the help of his wife, played by Robin Wright.

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Outlawing something or other (access required)

The Manti Te’o scandal brought the phrase “catfishing”—using social media to create a false identify to pursue an online romance—into the mainstream lexicon. It also appears to have brought the practice onto the radar of South Carolina state legislators.

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Fail to the (would-be) chief (access required)

Let’s now ponder the curious case of North Carolina attorney John Haywood, who failed in his campaign to become president of the United States and subsequently failed in his effort to get a libel judgment against two college students who wrote a profile about his gadfly campaign.

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