Monthly Archives: August 2013

Need to Track Social Media? Try These Tools

According to Fulbright’s 9th Annual Litigation Trends Report, 41% of U.S. companies were required to preserve or protect data from an employee’s mobile device to comply with either regulatory or litigation matters.  This was up 9% from the prior year. … Continue reading

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August 28, 2013 4th Circuit published opinion

Maryland v Universal Elections, Inc. Universal made robocalls during the 2010 Maryland gubernatorial election. After Maryland brought suit under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 USC 227, Universal sought a declaration the Act is unconstitutional as to political calls … Continue reading

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August 28, 2013 South Carolina Court of Appeals published opinions

State v Smith The trail court refused to grant a directed verdict based on self-defense in smith’s murder trial. The panel, with one judge concurring affirmed. The majority held that evidence smith came armed to the marijuana sale was sufficient … Continue reading

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August 28, 2013 South Carolina Supreme Court published opinions

State v Cope Cope was convicted of the rape and murder of his daughter. The Court of appeals affirmed. The Court, 3-2, affirmed as modified. The majority held the trail court did nto err in excluding four incidents involving a … Continue reading

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Law Ratchet: Curated Legal Intelligence

Check out Law Ratchet for a continuous feed of legal information.  Calling itself “curated legal intelligence,” Law Ratchet works like a pre-selected RSS feed reader.  According to the site’s home page, Law Ratchet is an app or a web site that … Continue reading

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August 27, 2013 4th Circuit published opinion

Town of Nag’s Head v Toloczko Town declared Toloczko’s beachfront home a nuisance and demanded it be demolished. Toloczko countersued in federal court seeking a declaration Town violated their property rights. The district court abstained under the Burford doctrine. The … Continue reading

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August 26, 2013 4th Circuit published opinions

United States v Cabrera-Umanzor Cabrera-Umanzor’s sentence was increased based on the district court’s ruling that a prior Maryland child abuse conviction was a crime of violence under the modified categorical approach. The panel reversed. It held that the Maryland child … Continue reading

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August 23, 2013 4th Circuit published opinion

United States v Bartko Bartko was convicted of fraud and other crimes arising from a security fraud scheme. The trial court denied his motions for new trial. It also refused to give certain jury instructions and applied certain sentencing enhancements. … Continue reading

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August 21, 2013 4th Circuit published opinion

Miller v United States Miller moved to have his felon in possession conviction vacated based on 4th Circuit precedent which required prior convictions relied upon for a felon in possession conviction actually subject defendants to one year or more of … Continue reading

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Convocations & An Epic Georgia Tech Convocation Speech

As we all head back to school and begin classes, convocation ceremonies are being held across America to welcome new and returning students.  The Charleston School of Law’s convocation is scheduled for next Thursday, August 29th, at 5:00 p.m. in the … Continue reading

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