Fourth Amendment

is a concealed weapon reasonable suspicion

Is Carrying a Concealed Weapon Reasonable Suspicion for Police to Search You?

Police need a reasonable, articulable suspicion that you are armed and dangerous before they can “stop and frisk” you or...

refusal to stop on command of officer

Systemic Racism in Columbia, SC – Refusal to Stop on Command of Officer

In 2017, 133 people were charged in the City of Columbia under municipal ordinance Sec. 10-36, “refusal to stop on...

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...

Horry County Schools May Begin Drug Testing Students

Horry County Schools May Begin Drug Testing Students

Sitting around the table for family dinner at the end of a long day, you begin the daily decompression, debriefing,...

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,...

License to Steal

License to Steal

South Carolina’s law enforcement has been addicted to forfeiture money for some time, and cooperation with federal agencies has only...

Am I Free to Go?

Am I Free to Go?

Last week in State v. Spears, the S.C. Court of Appeals reversed a Lexington County conviction for trafficking crack cocaine...

Utah v. Strieff – can police now stop and search you without probable cause?

Utah v. Strieff – can police now stop and search you without probable cause?

In Utah v. Strieff, decided June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court apparently decided that incremental erosion of our Fourth...

U.S. v. Robertson (4th Cir.) – consent or submission?

U.S. v. Robertson (4th Cir.) – consent or submission?

In U.S. v. Robertson, decided December 13, 2013, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a defendant, who responded...

Border patrol checkpoint refusal

Border patrol checkpoint refusal

H/T Reason.com – checkpoint officer is polite, friendly, and extremely conscious of protecting motorists’ constitutional rights: (April Fools . ....