Monthly Archives: July 2012

July 26, 2012 4th Circuit published opinions

United States v Mouzone Mouzone and a codefendant were convicted of racketeering and drug charges. On appeal, they challenged several evidentiary rulings. The panel rejected them and affirmed. It held that the testifying analyst had performed an independent analysis of … Continue reading

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July 26, 2012 South Carolina Supreme Court published opinion

Adoptive Couple v Baby Girl, Birth Father and Cherokee Nation Couple attempted to adopted a child through a private adoption. The biological father is a registered member of the Cherokee tribe in Oklahoma. Father thought he gave his rights to … Continue reading

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July 25, 2012 4th Circuit published opinions

United States v Akinsade Akinsade pled guilty to embezzlement. After his plea agreement, he was granted permanent resident status. His attorney wrongly advised him that he would not be subject to deportation. 9 years after his plea, he was detained … Continue reading

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July 20, 2012 4th Circuit published opinion

United States v Davis Davis pled guilty to firearms charges. His plea agreement and sentencing colloquy misstated his minimum sentence. The agreement did not promise any specific sentence or bind the government to recommend any particular sentence. Davis received a … Continue reading

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July 25, 2012 South Carolina Court of Appeals published opinions

Broach and Loomis v Carter Broach and Loomis entered two independent contractor agreements with a real estate agency to presell and sell condominium units. As a result of a financing agreement, the agency and the managing entity of the condominium … Continue reading

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July 25, 2012 South Carolina Supreme Court published opinions

BAC Home Loan Servicing LP v Kinder TBAC was assigned the interest of a junior mortgagee after the property had been sold. It filed a claim for excess proceeds which the trial court denied on the basis that the lien was … Continue reading

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Good luck on the July Bar Exam

Good luck to all of our Charleston School of Law graduates who are taking the July bar exam.

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July 18, 2012 4th Circuit published opinion

EEOC v Randstad EEOC, as part of an investigation of a claim of national origin and disability discrimination arising out of Randstad refusing to offer temporary positions to a Jamaican applicant/employee who could not read English, subpoenaed records for all … Continue reading

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July 18, 2012 South Carolina Court of Appeals published opinions

State v Hawes Hawes killed his estranged wife and pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter. The sentencing court ruled that he was eligible for early parole based on domestic violence suffered by Hawes at the hand of his wife. The State … Continue reading

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July 18, 2012 South Carolina Supreme Court published opinions

In the Matter of Verdell Barr Barr failed to appeal an order denying postcovniction relief after the client requested he appeal and failed to diligently prosecute an estate administration. He consented to discipline up to public reprimand. The Court, based … Continue reading

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