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Oct 21, 2021

Probate judge suspended for 2nd time for Facebook posts

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has suspended the probate judge in Oconee County for 18 months for breaking judicial rules for a second time. Kenneth “Kenny” Johns improperly acted as a character witness for an out-of-state legal proceeding and asked for donations to the Red Cross on his publicly accessible Facebook […]

Jun 28, 2021

“Incendiary” Facebook posts prompt six-month suspension 

  An Isle of Palms attorney has consented to a six-month suspension from the practice of law as a consequence of a series of offensive comments posted on Facebook.  Starting in June 2020, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel received complaints from 46 separate individuals regarding statements that attorney David Traywick had made on his Facebook […]

Oct 23, 2019

S.C. joins Facebook investigation

The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office is working with attorneys general from 47 states to investigate possible antitrust violations of Facebook’s business practices. A bipartisan group of attorneys general are looking into Facebook’s dominance of social media and the potential for anticompetitive conduct that could be a violation of state or federal laws. The attorneys […]

Jul 9, 2018

Man arrested for threatening SC lawmaker online

CHARLESTON (AP) Law enforcement officials have arrested a man who they say threatened a South Carolina lawmaker on his Facebook page. The Associated Press reports South Carolina Law Enforcement Division says 28-year-old Ian Nicholas Nix is charged with threatening the life, person or family of a public official. According to SLED, Nix sent a death […]

Mar 27, 2018

Teen gets 4 years after Facebook Live video watched by cops

CHARLESTON (AP) A 19-year-old felon who made a Facebook video of himself packing marijuana and handling an assault rifle that was watched live by a South Carolina police officer has been sentenced to four years in prison. A federal indictment says a Colleton County deputy who investigates gangs was monitoring Dominique Manigo’s Facebook page when […]

Nov 16, 2016

Man who wrote on Facebook after escape gets 10-year sentence

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) — A Lancaster man who escaped from police and posted on Facebook while on the run has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was accused of committing sex crimes against a minor. The Herald of Rock Hill reports that 25-year-old Deqwon Blackmon pleaded guilty to assault and battery Tuesday […]

May 9, 2016

Facebook officials

Evidence. Black’s Law Dictionary defines it as “Something that tends to prove or disprove the existence of an alleged fact.” It’s the smoking gun. The bloody glove. The Facebook comments at the end of a newspaper article. Wait, what? OK, so the last one might be a stretch. But don’t tell that to Rock Hill […]

Oct 7, 2014

Drug agency sued over its fake Facebook account

The Drug Enforcement Administration set up a fake Facebook account using photographs and other personal information it took from the cellphone of a New York woman arrested in a cocaine case in hopes of tricking her friends and associates into revealing incriminating drug secrets.

Apr 25, 2014

Facebook impostors a real (but manageable) risk

It’s the stuff of science-fiction films: You wake up to find that there’s an impostor on the loose. The impostor looks just like you and is pretending to be you, even managing to fool some of your closest friends. For Blair Williams, an attorney running for Wake County Clerk of Court in Raleigh, N.C., it […]

Dec 2, 2013

U.S. District Court: Facebook deletions won’t derail lawsuit

It’s safe to say that Stephen Hawkins and the College of Charleston are no longer “friends” and no longer “like” each other. But Hawkins’ lawsuit against his former school will move forward after a federal judge rejected the school’s motion to dismiss his suit because of deletions Hawkins made from his Facebook account. Hawkins lives […]

Oct 23, 2013

Facebook and your First Amendment rights

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Did you know that a few years ago, the number of times that Americans viewed social media sites per day surpassed pornography site views? When that happens, you know you’ve reached a tipping point! Reaching that dubious milestone was just one more sign that social media is more than just a fad […]

Oct 4, 2013

Status update

A CLE program titled “War of the Roses in the Digital Age,” put on last month in Greensboro, included the presentation of a fake Facebook page that surprised attendees with its breadth of information and authentic feel. Family lawyer Ketan Soni had asked an attorney who would be at the seminar for permission to impersonate her virtually, using only information found online. Soni, who practices[...]

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