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Mar 25, 2016

Criminal Practice – Lewd Act upon a Minor – Mental Health Expert/Forensic Interviewer – Continuance Motion

State v. Barrett (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-032-16, 10 pp.) (John Geathers, J.) Appealed from Beaufort County Circuit Court (Kristi Lea Harrington, J.) S.C. App. Holding: Although our Supreme Court has cautioned against allowing the person who examined a child victim to also testify about the characteristics of victims, the court did not outright prohibit this […]

May 6, 2015

Civil Rights — No Clear Standard on Mental Health Detention

Raub v. Campbell (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-078-15, 23 pp.) (Diaz, J.) No. 14-1277, April 29, 2015; USDC at Richmond, Va. (Hudson, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: A mental health evaluator has qualified immunity in this civil rights suit filed by an ex-Marine who was detained for seven days based on the evaluator’s recommendation to a Virginia […]

Jan 23, 2015

Prisoner advocates, SCDC reach agreement

It’s too early to call it a settlement. Or even a deal. This is an agreement to possibly reach an agreement. But it represents a significant thaw in relations between the South Carolina Department of Corrections and a statewide advocacy group representing mentally ill inmates who sued the agency for mistreatment.

Dec 8, 2014

Charleston VA dedicates $10M mental health center

CHARLESTON (AP) — The Ralph Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Charleston is opening its new $10 million mental health research center. Dr. Carolyn Clancy, the interim undersecretary for health with the VA, is the guest speaker at the Monday ribbon-cutting. The new 16,000-square-foot addition to the medical center has laboratory space as well as […]

Dec 20, 2013

Civil Practice – Discovery – Mental Exam – Plaintiff’s Allegations

Wellin v. Wellin Where plaintiff has alleged that he was in a “compromised mental state” when he made gifts of $10 million to each of his children in 2013 and that he was “vulnerable and unable to appreciate the complexities” of the November 2009 transaction that ceded his ownership interest in Friendship Partners, LP to the Wellin Family 2009 Irrevocable Trust, plaintiff’s rep[...]

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