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Jan 3, 2019

Sheriff: Woman threw bleach in boyfriend’s eyes on his dare

A sheriff’s office in South Carolina says a woman told deputies she threw bleach into her boyfriend’s eyes on a dare. The State reports 56-year-old Barbara Davis told deputies she was cleaning during a New Year’s Day argument with her 54-year-old boyfriend when he dared her to throw it at him. Authorities did not immediately […]

May 14, 2018

Warrant: Prison guard stomped handcuffed SC inmate

BISHOPVILLE (AP) Authorities say a South Carolina prison guard has been charged with assault and battery after he stomped on a handcuffed inmate. An arrest warrant said Antonio Burns attacked the inmate April 28 at Lee Correctional Institution — the same prison where seven inmates died in a riot less than two weeks before. The […]

Mar 21, 2018

3 jail inmates charged in attack on guard in South Carolina

YORK (AP) Three inmates have been arrested after a guard was attacked at a South Carolina jail. A police report says a guard at the York County jail was shoved and threatened about 7:30 p.m. March 17. The report says 41-year-old David Easter of Rock Hill shoved the guard. The guard and another officer subdued […]

Jun 23, 2017

Criminal Practice – Simple Assault – Self-Representation – Not Raised – Restrictions

City of Columbia v. Assa’ad-Faltas (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-035-17, 18 pp.) (Per Curiam) Appealed from Richland County Circuit Court (Alison Renee Lee, J.) S.C. S.Ct. Holding: Although appellant raised a passing complaint about her trial counsel during a lengthy diatribe at a scheduling hearing six weeks prior to her municipal-court trial for simple assault, the […]

Oct 7, 2016

Inman man gets 20 years for assault of 10-year-old girl

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — An Inman man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping a 10-year-old girl. According to a statement from 7th Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette, 44-year-old Cecil Quinn Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal sexual contact with a minor. The crime was reported to the Spartanburg County […]

Aug 31, 2016

Criminal Practice – Assault On Wife Was ‘Crime of Violence’

U.S. v. Alfaro (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-139-16, 20 pp.) (Traxler, J.) No. 15-4102, Aug. 29, 2016; USDC at Greenbelt, Md. (Grimm, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: In sentencing defendant, a Salvadoran native, for illegal re-entry into the U.S., the district court did not err in determining that defendant’s prior Maryland conviction of third-degree sexual offense for […]

Dec 29, 2015

That’s a wrap – on the head

The courts have not yet recognized the “holiday crazies” as a valid defense to erratic behavior, and that’s a very good thing — people don’t need any more excuses to act a fool during this hectic time of the year.

Aug 14, 2015

Criminal Practice – Lynching & Conspiracy – Directed Verdict Motion – Standard of Review

State v. Larmand (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-098-15, 7 pp.) (Jean Hoefer Toal, C.J.) (Costa Pleicones, J., concurring in the result only without separate opinion) Appealed from York County Circuit Court (William Seals Jr., J.) On writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals. S.C. S. Ct. Holding: The state presented substantial circumstantial evidence that defendant […]

Oct 29, 2014

Criminal Practice — Conviction Upheld for Park Guard Attack

U.S. v. Briley (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-177-14, 26 pp.) (Wilkinson, J.) No. 13-4831, Oct. 22, 2014; USDC at Alexandria, Va. (O’Grady, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: A defendant who engaged in sustained physical resistance to being arrested by U.S. Park Police officers who discovered him having sex with another man in the public parking lot of […]

Sep 9, 2014

Ex-SC football player charged with assaulting five students

Former South Carolina and NFL running back Harold Green II has been arrested on charges of assaulting five female high school students.

Jul 25, 2014

Immigration – Remand to BIA for ‘Social Group’ Analysis

Cordova v. Holder (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-147-14, 25 pp.) (Motz, J.) No. 13-1597, July 18, 2014; On Petition for Review; 4th Cir. Holding: A Salvadoran native assaulted and threatened by members of two gangs based on his relatives’ alignment with one of the gangs gets another chance to seek asylum, as the 4th Circuit says […]

Mar 21, 2014

Criminal Practice – PCR – Attorneys – Ineffective Assistance – Alibi Witness – Failure to Interview

Walker v. State (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-028-14, 6 pp.) Appealed from Aiken County Circuit Court (Doyet Early III, J.) On writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals. S.C. S. Ct. Holding: Robina Reed testified at defendant’s post-conviction relief hearing that, at the time of the assault in question, defendant spent every weekend with her; […]

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