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Editorial: Court decisions

Two prominent decisions in South Carolina courts this week have been just and fair -- exactly the way most people would like to see the legal system work. The first was a decision by Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen to overturn the 1944 conviction of a 14-year-old boy who was sent to the electric chair back in the Jim Crow days of this state for the murder of two girls.

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Posted: dec. 18, 2014 9:02 a.m. | Updated: dec. 19, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Editorial: Court decisions Comments 0 Comments

Editorial: Police officers

 

With police behavior having been in the news recently because of incidents in which white officers killed unarmed black citizens, there has been much discussion -- rightfully so -- about whether some officers are acting recklessly. Racial profiling, of course, has been a part of this discussion, as it should be. It’s interesting, then, that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an opinion earlier this week giving some leeway to police who make “reasonable mistakes” in enforcing the law. Of course, reasonable mistakes don’t include the right by officers to act without provocation or to use undue force. And ...

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Posted: dec. 16, 2014 10:36 a.m. | Updated: dec. 17, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Editorial: Police officers Comments 0 Comments

Noted and passed - Dec. 15, 2014

• A tip of the C-I hat to Kershaw County Deputy Fred Tiah, a school resource officer at Stover Middle School in Elgin. Tiah, as we reported Friday, is from Liberia, one of the hardest-hit countries in this year’s Ebola crisis. Recognizing he has been welcomed to and is finding success in America, Tiah says he wants to help children in his native country who have been orphaned by the deadly disease. He’s put his idea into action, raising money to help pay for the children’s education and medical supplies. Tiah also wants to be a role model ...

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Posted: dec. 12, 2014 9:26 a.m. | Updated: dec. 15, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Noted and passed - Dec. 15, 2014 Comments 0 Comments


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