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August 22, 2014 4th Circuit published opinion

United States v McLaurin and United States v Lowery  McLaurin and Lowery were convicted of conspiracy and firearms charges arising from an agreement to rob a drug stash house. They appealed arguing they were entrapped. The panel, with one partial … Continue reading

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August 20, 2014 South Carolina Court of Appeals published opinions

State v Pope  Pope move to suppress a scale and some crack cocaine found during a warrantless search of a vehicle and objected to the introduction of these items based on chain of custody. The circuit court denied the motion … Continue reading

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August 20, 2014 South Carolina Supreme Court opinions

Stevens & Wilkinson of South Carolina Inc. v City of Columbia I Stevens provided architectural services to City on a hotel project. Stevens sent a letter offering to continue to provide services after the initial period and City authorized payment … Continue reading

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August 19, 2014 4th Circuit published opinions

United States v Stephens Stephens moved to suppress a firearm found during a search based on evidence gathered from a CPS device attached by the police. The district court ruled that the GPS attachment was illegal under a then new … Continue reading

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August 15, 2014 4th Circuit published opinions

Russell v Absolute Collection Services, Inc.  Absolute appealed the judgment against it for violating the Fair Debt Collection Act, 15 USC 1692e, and state law based on collection letters to Russell after Russell paid the debt involved. The panel affirmed. … Continue reading

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August 13, 2014 South Carolina Supreme Court published opinions

In the Matter of Alma C. Defillo Defillo is licensed to practice law in Florida. She set an office in South Carolina and advertised her services without disclosing she is not licensed to practice law in South Carolina and limited … Continue reading

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August 12, 2014 4th Circuit published order

United States v Umana Umana petitioned for review on banc of the split panel decision that upheld the use of hearsay at his death sentencing hearing. The full 4th circuit, 7-5 with one judge recused, denied his petition. Judge Wilkerson, … Continue reading

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