2014

Blog Posts in 2014

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South Carolina Judge Exonerates 14-year-old Executed for Murder in 1944

Exonerations are not unusual in South Carolina's justice system but they are when the punishment was carried out as long as 70 years ago. In a sad case that highlights the brutal nature of the ...
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DUI Penalties in South Carolina

Having a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or above makes you liable to be arrested for DUI in South Carolina. A DUI arrest will remain on your criminal record, as will a conviction which could keep you ...
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Woman is Accused of Abducting Daughter from South Carolina 20 Years Ago

A case in which a woman has been arrested in Australia on charges of abducting her infant daughter from South Carolina 20 years ago has made headlines recently. Dorothy Lee Barnett wants to be ...
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Juvenile Assault & Battery

For injuring or threatening to injure another person, a juvenile can be charged with simple assault. Though it is only a misdemeanor crime, it can have serious consequences, especially on a young ...
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Assistant Baseball Coach is Accused of Multiple DUIs After SC Crash Kills Three

Alcohol and drug use is a major cause of fatal car accidents across the United States. Last month, an assistant college baseball coach was charged with multiple DUI offenses after a crash in Anderson, ...
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Sentencing Hearing is Delayed for Teen Killer of Columbia Baker

As Columbia criminal defense attorneys, we help many teens who have been charged with crimes. Typically teens can get into trouble with drugs, drinking alcohol and theft crimes. However, on occasions ...
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Attorney Bob Masella to be Inducted into Winthrop Athletics Hall of Fame

It is with great excitement that we announce that our firm's very own Bob Masella will be inducted into Winthrop Athletics Hall of Fame. Attorney Masella is being honored for his superb athletic ...
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Possession of a Fake ID

A fake ID is any form of identification that is forged, altered, or otherwise claims to establish the false identity of a person. Some fake IDs are created by taking a photo of oneself and printing an ...
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South Carolina Governor is Accused of Not Doing Enough on Domestic Violence

Comments made during the election campaign once again raised concerns that there is a domestic violence crisis in South Carolina and not enough is being done to tackle it. The Greenville News reported ...
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Cooperation Agreement Turns Former Speaker Bobby Harrell into Government Informant

The case of Bobby Harrell, the former speaker of the S.C. House who has pleaded guilty to state charges of misusing campaign money, has shed light on the use of cooperation agreements in the court. ...
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Exploding Airbags Are Linked to Four Deaths and Dozens of Injuries

It sounds like the sort of nightmare we would associate with a distant war zone but the danger of air bags exploding and sending shrapnel into the driver's face is very real and has led to the ...
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Supreme Court Rules on Workers' Compensation Claim for S.C. Kickball Injury

It's common knowledge that if you are hurt when you are at your workplace or during the course of your employment, you are eligible for workers' compensation. But what about cases in which an ...
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Former Boyfriend Goes on Trial Over Killing of USC Professor

We often imagine murders to be crimes involving predators or serial killers who commit random killings, but the majority of homicides are committed by people who know their victims. Official crime ...
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Former State Trooper is Charged with Felony over Columbia Traffic Stop Shooting

We rely on police officers and troopers to enforce the law and remain within its constraints. But on occasions members of the agencies who bring charges find themselves on the receiving end of them. A ...
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South Carolina Was One of the Last States to Ban Texting and Driving

Distracted driving is one of the biggest menaces on the roads of the United States in the 21 st Century. While the number of deaths attributable to drunken driving has fallen consistently since the ...
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Ex-Wife of South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford Seeks To Limit Child Visitation

The breakdown of the marriage of former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford made headlines across the nation at the time. The episode also illustrates how family law disputes don't always end ...
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Determining Child Custody in Columbia

Determining child custody is a difficult process, as conflicting interests often come into play. These can affect negotiation proceedings, making matters even more difficult. To help simplify this ...
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New Report Says 100 Students a Year are Killed in School Danger Zones

The new school year has brought new academic and financial challenges to students and parents. However, they often give little thought to the safety aspects of the trip to school and back. A new ...
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Eleven Lower Richland High School Students Are Arrested for Planning an Alleged Fight

Behavioral issues in schools are often dealt with internally but on occasions the criminal law is brought in. This was the case at Lower Richland High School according to the Richland County ...
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Common Questions on Divorce

The divorce process is often stressful and confusing. If you are considering a divorce in Columbia, or would like more information on the matter, consider these frequently asked questions: What are ...
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Grandparents Win New Visitation Rights in South Carolina

Grandparents have been battling for improved visitation rights to see their grandchildren in South Carolina for many years. They finally have them after a new law was signed this summer. State ...
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New Federal Rules are Intended to Improve Bus Safety

South Carolina has seen a considerable number of bus crashes given the large number of buses that head south through the state to Florida and back every year. Last year a bus carrying band members ...
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Suspended South Carolina Attorney is Linked to Alleged Healthcare Scam

White collar crimes such as embezzlement are among the most complicated offenses that come before the courts in South Carolina. They also carry stiff sentences. Typically these crimes involve ...
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Motorcyclists Claim South Carolina Police Ran Them Off the Road, Causing Injuries

Every year motorcycle deaths and injuries spike in the summer in South Carolina when more riders are on the roads. However, one crash has made headlines because a Christian motorcycle club accused ...
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Decision to Ban Public from Family Hearing Involving South Carolina State Rep. Causes Outcry

A hearing last month before a family court has raised questions about the openness of South Carolina's court system. The case in question concerned a hearing to determine whether state Rep. Andy ...
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