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CLC is watching attorneys like a hawk, lawsuit claims  (access required)

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  A South Carolina attorney has filed a lawsuit accusing the state’s Commission on Lawyer Conduct of trying to squelch his free speech—and his hawk screech.  John Hawkins, who has four HawkLaw offices across the state, alleges that the CLC is threatening to sanction him for his high-flying advertisements and communications through “the force and ...

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COA upholds $1.6M judgment in castle doctrine case  (access required)

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  South Carolina’s “stand your ground” law provides protection from civil lawsuits for law-abiding citizens who justifiably use deadly force in certain situations, but only if the defendant first files a motion for pretrial immunity, the state’s Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled in a matter of first impression.   The June 2 decision affirms a Charleston County master-in-equity’s order awarding $1.6 million to the estate ...

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