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Richland County

Feb 19, 2014

SC Department of Corrections seeks new order in mental health suit

The S.C. Department of Corrections has asked a trial judge to go back and change a ruling which chastised the agency for its pervasive mistreatment of mentally ill inmates in the state’s prison system.   The department’s motion requests that Common Pleas Judge J. Michael Baxley of Richland County alter or amend his Jan. 8 […]

Feb 14, 2014

Getting Mugged: Lawmakers, record-keepers aim to curtail mug shot publishers, but questions about free speech, public records access arise

Lawmakers are expected to take up a bill this session aimed at giving South Carolina residents ammunition against websites that publish arrest mug shots and then demand hundreds of dollars to remove the embarrassing photos. The bill is part of a growing backlash against the cottage industry of mug shot publishing, which Richland County deputy […]

Oct 24, 2013

Richland County deputy fired after assault arrest

COLUMBIA (AP) — A Richland County deputy charged with assault after putting a woman in handcuffs at a Columbia restaurant has now been fired. Sheriff Leon Lott decided to terminate 49-year-old Paul Derrick’s employment after meeting last week with prosecutors and Columbia’s interim police chief. Columbia Police arrested Derrick after a cellphone video captured him […]

Apr 23, 2013

Kidnapping suspect appealing ammo conviction

A man charged with kidnapping a Richland County teen is appealing his 17-year prison sentence on a federal ammunition charge.

Mar 5, 2013

Jail officer charged with killing pregnant woman

A Richland County jail officer is charged with killing his pregnant girlfriend, then setting her body on fire.

Sep 28, 2012

The headline hunter

Among Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott’s vast array of law enforcement skills, the most impressive has to be his unfaltering ability to nab a headline. The man flat knows how to get his name in the press and pinging around the social media feeds. For those who somehow missed it, Lott’s latest feat of PR […]

Aug 31, 2012

Settlement reached in crash involving deputy

A state judge has signed off on a settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit involving a man killed last year when a Richland County sheriff's cruiser hit his sports utility vehicle.

Aug 17, 2012

USC prof drops his lawsuit, joins similar action

A University of South Carolina professor is dropping his lawsuit in Richland County against a panel led by Gov. Nikki Haley in order to join a similar lawsuit at the state Supreme Court.

Apr 28, 2011

Arbitration – Construction Contract – Administrative – Group Two License – $800,000 House – Attorney’s Fees

C-Sculptures, LLC, #1 v. Brown. Even though an unlicensed contractor may not enforce a construction contract, there is no S.C. law regarding a contractor's right to enforce a contract for . . .

Apr 26, 2011

Administrative – CON Act – Project Cost – Imaging Center – Cost Division – Different Equipment

MRI at Belfair, LLC v. South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control. The Department of Health and Environmental Control's (DHEC's) valuation method allowed . . .

Apr 25, 2011

Workers’ Compensation – Back Injury – Knee Problems – Medical Report

Lawson v. Hanson Brick America, Inc. (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-067-11, 5 pp.) (James E. Lockemy, J.) Appealed from Richland County Circuit Court. (Kenneth G. Goode, J.) S.C. App. Click here for the full text of the opinion. Holding: The circuit court improperly reversed the appellate panel’s finding regarding the claimant’s knee problems, since it drew […]

Apr 25, 2011

Developer gets $930K verdict in environmental cleanup dispute

A jury has awarded a real estate development company more than $930,000 plus attorney's fees in a breach-of-contract action centering on an environmental cleanup in Richland County. Plaintiff Ginn-LA University Club Ltd. claimed defendant Amelia Capital III breached a contract for the sale of The University Club Golf Club, a 239-acre real estate development in Blythewood. The plaintiff claimed the[...]

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