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Criminal Practice – Constitutional – Confrontation Clause – Physical Evidence – Chain of Custody – Custodians’ Testimony – Anonymous Internet Posting (access required)

State v. Brockmeyer The Confrontation Clause did not require every custodian of the physical evidence against defendant (a t-shirt, a gun, a shell casing, a magazine and a bullet) to testify. The custodians’ evidence logs do not purport to prove any fact necessary to defendant’s murder conviction.

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Constitutional – First Amendment – Religious Freedom – Neutral Principles of Law — Tort/Negligence – Defamation — Congregational Meeting – Church Trustees (access required)

Banks v. St. Matthew Baptist Church The defendant-pastor’s allegedly defamatory remarks were made in the context of a congregational meeting, at which the issue of whether plaintiffs would continue as the church’s trustees was discussed; nevertheless, our courts can decide whether the remarks were defamatory pursuant to neutral principles of law without delving into church doctrine or governance.

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Constitutional – Full Faith & Credit – Civil Money Judgment – Public Policy – Alienation of Affection & Criminal Conversation – Tort/Negligence – Domestic Relations (access required)

Widenhouse v. Colson Even though the causes of action of criminal conversation and alienation of affections are contrary to S.C. public policy, and even though S.C. Code Ann. § 15-35-960 of the S.C. Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act says, “The provisions of this article do not apply to foreign judgments based on claims which are contrary to the public policies of this State,” application of § 15-35-960 to prevent enforcement of respondent’s North Carolina alienation of affections and criminal conversation judgment would violate the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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