Race and the Law

Are Stand Your Ground Laws Racist?

Are Stand Your Ground Laws Racist?

Does South Carolina’s “stand your ground” law encourage racial violence? Last week, I read an op-ed that attempts to make...

Do We Need a Hate Crime Law to Protect Police Officers?

Do We Need a Hate Crime Law to Protect Police Officers?

U.S. lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow prosecutors to charge anyone accused of violence against a police officer with...

Fourth Circuit Rules Disturbing Schools Lawsuit Can Go Forward

Fourth Circuit Rules Disturbing Schools Lawsuit Can Go Forward

A federal appeals court held that students have a valid claim that South Carolina’s “disturbing schools” law chills their First...

SC’s Proposed Saggy Pants Law is Blatant Institutional Racism

SC’s Proposed Saggy Pants Law is Blatant Institutional Racism

SC lawmakers have been given an extraordinary opportunity to get their priorities straight. It is doubtful that they will. In...

Institutional Racism in SC Courts

Institutional Racism in SC Courts

The effects of institutional racism start early. Nationwide, African-American children are almost 20 times more likely than white children to...

Lawyer Dogs and the Right to Counsel

Lawyer Dogs and the Right to Counsel

The Lousisiana Supreme Court held this week that a suspect who asked for a “lawyer dog” did not invoke his...

Hate Crimes are OK in South Carolina

Hate Crimes are OK in South Carolina

I feel that this is a time when silence is equivalent to complicity. People who care keep asking, “what can...

Mandatory Psychological Testing for Police Officers

Mandatory Psychological Testing for Police Officers

Psychological testing is already required for South Carolina’s police departments that are state or nationally accredited, but a new requirement...

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

It honestly doesn’t feel like a happy 4th of July. It sometimes feels like our nation is sliding into chaos,...

Philando Castile’s Killer Acquitted

Philando Castile’s Killer Acquitted

“We seriously live in a world where texting a white man to death is a crime but shooting a black...