Legislation

Veteran’s treatment courts

Veteran’s treatment courts

A client of mine who is also a distinguished combat veteran brought to my attention a bill pending in Congress...

Sanford vetoes South Carolina DNA testing bill

Sanford vetoes South Carolina DNA testing bill

The DNA testing bill was vetoed by the governor, which isn’t entirely a bad thing, considering that the DNA access...

DNA testing bill waiting for governor’s signature

DNA testing bill waiting for governor’s signature

The DNA testing bill did pass the South Carolina Senate and House after all, but has not been signed yet...

Thank you to the public defenders

Thank you to the public defenders

I attended the “installation” of our Circuit Public Defender Orrie West this afternoon, and I was reminded that I need...

South Carolina passes new sex offender law

South Carolina passes new sex offender law

On Monday a new bill was signed into law that will restrict sex offenders from living within 1000 feet of...

Senate overrides governor’s indigent defense veto

Senate overrides governor’s indigent defense veto

On Wednesday, the Senate voted to override the governor’s veto on South Carolina indigent defense funds. Tuesday, the House unanimously...

Chief Justice Toal speaks out on Sanford’s veto of indigent defense funding

Chief Justice Toal speaks out on Sanford’s veto of indigent defense funding

According to the State newspaper Chief Justice Toal says that Gov. Mark Sanford’s vetoes of millions of dollars for legal...

Kentucky public defender asks judges to order State to pay for indigent defense

Kentucky public defender asks judges to order State to pay for indigent defense

Kentucky’s general assembly cut the budget for indigent defense, and the state’s chief public defender is now asking judges to...

Governor vetoes indigent defense funding bill

Governor vetoes indigent defense funding bill

Our governor has vetoed the statewide public defender system funding bill. Veto message, line 65, $3,993,844.00 non-recurring revenue to fund...

South Carolina’s new DUI law

South Carolina’s new DUI law

South Carolina’s revised driving under the influence bill was signed into law a few weeks ago, but it will not...