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Jun 21, 2018

Reasonableness needed to monitor sex offenders

Electronic monitoring of a person convicted of misdemeanor failure to register as a sex offender is no longer mandatory based on a South Carolina Supreme Court opinion issued June 13. Instead, the court must now rule on the reasonableness of such an imposition on a case-by-case basis. “It’s a giant step in the right direction […]

Jun 19, 2018

SC inmate released after life sentence overturned

A man who was serving a life sentence for selling drugs was released from prison June 18 after his conviction was overturned. WCSC reports Onrae Williams was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole in January 2007 after a Charleston County jury found him guilty of selling $40 worth of crack cocaine […]

Jun 12, 2018

US Supreme Court won’t hear SC Episcopal church case

CHARLESTON (AP) The nation’s highest court has refused to hear a case from South Carolina churches upset with The Episcopal Church over a decision concerning ownership of property. The U.S. Supreme Court on June 11 denied a request from the Diocese of South Carolina to reverse a decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court. Last year, […]

Jun 8, 2018

Immigration issue upends child sex verdict in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s Supreme Court has overturned a child sex conviction, saying the man’s lawyers should have been able to challenge the credibility of a witness based on a special visa she was given to encourage her testimony. Venancio Diaz Perez of North Charleston, now serving a 25-year sentence, will get a […]

May 31, 2018

Big farms win victory in South Carolina Supreme Court

COLUMBIA (AP) The South Carolina Supreme Court has refused to change a decision last year that allows big farms to use billions of gallons of water. The court said May 30 it will not change its ruling upholding a 2010 law that allows large farms to take river water without obtaining a permit from the […]

May 29, 2018

Justices: Chambers that get tax money aren’t public bodies

COLUMBIA (AP) An open government advocate says a South Carolina Supreme Court decision means the public won’t have the right to know how $60 million in taxes are spent. Justices ruled 4-1 on May 23 that the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce isn’t a public body under the state Freedom of Information Act. The chamber received nearly […]

May 14, 2018

30 years for torture death after life sentence overturned

COLUMBIA (AP) A South Carolina man whose life sentence for the torture death of a drug dealer was overturned has agreed to spend 30 years in prison for the crime. Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Antonio Miller pleaded guilty to several charges May 11. Investigators say Miller and three others went to the Aiken home of […]

Apr 11, 2018

Two more counties to begin e-filing

Two more counties will begin requiring mandatory e-filing later this month. Chester and Fairfield are joining a list of counties in the state which require e-filing, beginning April 24. The two counties will require all common pleas cases commenced or pending “be e-filed if the party is represented by an attorney, unless the type of […]

Mar 8, 2018

South Carolina court questions transportation tax spending

COLUMBIA (AP) The South Carolina Supreme Court is questioning how a county is spending transportation tax money. The court said March 7 the state revenue department did not have the authority to withhold payments to Richland County. But the justices also said the revenue department’s request for an injunction preventing the county from spending the money […]

Mar 5, 2018

New trial for S Carolina serving life for crack cocaine sale

CHARLESTON (AP) A new trial has been ordered for a South Carolina man who’s serving a life sentence for selling $15 in crack cocaine a decade ago. The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for 35-year-old Onrae Williams of Charleston, who was sentenced to life under the “three strikes law.” He had […]

Feb 1, 2017

Legislators elect Sumter judge to state’s highest court

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Circuit Court judge from Sumter is South Carolina’s newest Supreme Court justice. Legislators officially elected Judge George James to the state’s highest court Wednesday. He was the lone remaining candidate for the vacancy created by Don Beatty’s ascension to chief justice last month. James will serve the remainder of Beatty’s […]

Aug 2, 2016

5 judges, 2 attorneys seek spot on state Supreme Court

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Five judges and two attorneys in private firms are seeking one seat on the state Supreme Court. The Judicial Merit Selection Commission announced the seven candidates Monday. They are running to fill the vacancy created when Chief Justice Costa Pleicones retires Dec. 31. The five judges are Administrative Law Court Chief […]

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