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May 25, 2016

Cohabitants immune under protection act: SC Supreme Court: Codified ‘castle doctrine’ applies to housemates

A woman who stabbed her boyfriend to death during a domestic dispute inside an apartment they shared was justified in doing so, immune from prosecution under the South Carolina’s Protection of Persons and Property Act, the state Supreme Court ruled May 18. The state argued that because Whitlee Jones killed Eric Lee inside their residence […]

May 23, 2016

Former Chief Justice Finney found after brief disappearance

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Deputies say 85-year-old former South Carolina Chief Justice Ernest Finney was found safe after being missing for a little over an hour late last week. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said in a news release that Finney drove off from his home northeast of Columbia around 4:30 p.m. Friday. The sheriff’s […]

Apr 15, 2016

SC high court rules prosecutors’ dispute can be made public

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s high court has made public documents in a dispute between Attorney General Alan Wilson and a special prosecutor he appointed to oversee a legislative corruption investigation. The state Supreme Court late Thursday unsealed papers Wilson filed in response to Solicitor David Pascoe. Justices also said all other documents in […]

Dec 9, 2015

End user must be warned

A maintenance mechanic seriously injured in a 2004 blaze at a Seneca metal refinery will be able to sue the companies that failed to put warning labels on potentially dangerous chemicals. A divided South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that the companies could be sued under a theory of strict liability for defective products because workers […]

Oct 22, 2015

School districts seek final deadline for school funding fix

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys for poor school districts that sued the state 22 years ago asked the South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday to withdraw its interim deadlines for fixing school funding in exchange for a final due date. The court filing comes two days after the Legislature asked justices to revoke their September order entirely. That […]

Aug 19, 2015

5 judges file for open Supreme Court seat in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Five judges are vying for an open slot on South Carolina’s Supreme Court. The candidates whose names were released Monday by the Judicial Merit Selection Commission include three judges from South Carolina’s Court of Appeals: John Few, Aphrodite Konduros and Bruce Williams. Circuit Judge D. Craig Brown of Florence is also […]

Aug 13, 2015

Supreme Court tosses conviction, life sentence

While testimony against a man ultimately convicted of sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s daughter was constitutional, it also allowed a witness wrongfully qualified as an expert witness to vouch for the alleged victim’s credibility, the South Carolina Supreme Court held Aug. 5. The appellant, Isaac Anderson, was so prejudiced—overwhelmingly, according to Justice Costa Pleicones, who wrote [...]

Aug 12, 2015

S.C. Supreme Court revives pollution lawsuit

A group of North Myrtle Beach landowners can continue their lawsuit against AVX Corp. after three South Carolina Supreme Court justices agreed to consider recognizing their claim for “stigma damages” resulting from ground contamination at a nearby electronics plant. AVX used trichloroethylene (TCE) as a degreaser at its now-shuttered plant in the 1980s, and last […]

Jul 14, 2015

Supreme Court: Trial court failed to prove current risk of sexual recidivism

The state failed to prove that a man with a history of sexual assaults against minors is currently a sexually violent predator, prompting the South Carolina Supreme Court on July 1 to overturn lower court rulings that had him involuntarily committed to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. Christopher Taft, now 24, spent more […]

Apr 15, 2015

Like it never happened

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently ordered its little brother, the state Court of Appeals, to depublish two opinions – a relatively unusual action that one lawyer likened to the “old USSR’s attempts to rewrite history to conform to the new orthodoxies.”

Feb 26, 2015

SC Supreme Court order freezes James Brown estate case

AIKEN — The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered Aiken County court officials to halt all proceedings in the complex cases regarding the estate of the late soul singer James Brown. The Aiken Standard reported that the state’s highest court issued the order on Feb. 19. The order told the Aiken County Clerk of Court […]

Nov 13, 2014

SC high court orders resentencing for some felons

COLUMBIA (AP) — Some South Carolina felons serving life sentences are getting a chance at less time in prison, according to a ruling by the state’s highest court. On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court ruled that at least 15 felons serving life sentences for homicides they committed while they were minors are eligible to return […]

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