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Jul 15, 2021

Solicitor: Data dump prolongs jail death investigation

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina prosecutor investigating the jail death of a mentally ill Black man said Wednesday that the sheriff’s office has finally turned over more information in the case, nearly seven months after the incident occurred. Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said Wednesday that Charleston County Sheriff’s Office has handed over […]

Jun 14, 2018

Get there fast, take it slow

Solicitor Dan Johnson, chief law enforcement official in two Midlands counties, is out of a job, dethroned by a Columbia lawyer, Byron Gipson, who has never held public office. Just weeks ago, Johnson was seemingly a lock to win the Democratic primary and faced no Republican opposition. But man—life comes at you fast. First, Johnson […]

Apr 10, 2018

Solicitor recuses self from congressman gun case

COLUMBIA (AP) A prosecutor who was asked to file charges against a South Carolina congressman who pulled out his own loaded handgun during a constituent meeting is recusing himself from the case. Solicitor Kevin Brackett said in a letter released to reporters April 9 that he couldn’t take the case because of a “personal friendship” with […]

Apr 3, 2018

Prosecutor won’t give officers’ names in police shootings

GREENVILLE (AP) A prosecutor in South Carolina said he will no longer release the names of police officers who shoot at people unless they are criminally charged because they deserve the same right of privacy as a regular citizen. But police shooting and free press experts said Solicitor Walt Wilkins’ policy for Greenville and Pickens […]

Sep 22, 2015

Sound of silence: Docket control committee seeks direction from quiet Supreme Court

Members of the committee that was formed for the purpose of solving South Carolina’s docket control problem are frustrated with a lack of direction and action from a state Supreme Court that seems to have gone silent. The committee’s last meeting occurred more than a year ago. It’s been so long since the group met […]

Sep 8, 2015

Too late

Remember when the South Carolina Supreme Court declared that the state’s solicitor-controlled criminal docket was unconstitutional. That happened in November 2012, when the court issued the Langford decision. Two years, nine months and a few weeks later, solicitors are still very much in control of the docket – a power that defense lawyers say has […]

Mar 22, 2013

Criminal Practice – PCR – Constitutional – Effective Assistance – Prosecutor’s Summation – Jury Instructions

Sigmon v. State Even though, in his closing argument at appellant’s trial, the solicitor articulated why he chose to seek the death penalty, the solicitor did not equate his role with that of the jury. Furthermore, the closing argument as a whole emphasized the important role the jury played in determining the appropriate sentence. Trial counsel was not ineffective in failing to object[...]

Nov 30, 2012

Court in session: When the judge says so – not the solicitor

Now that South Carolina’s solicitors no longer have the exclusive authority to schedule criminal cases for trial – bringing the state in line with the rest of the nation – many are wondering how difficult it’s going to be to implement the new court-controlled docket system.

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