Tag Archives: U.S. Supreme Court

SC judges ordering jail time in some civil cases

October 8, 2021



By RICK BRUNDRETT In a rare move last month, attorneys asked a judge to order the “civil” arrest of prominent Hampton County lawyer Alex Murdaugh to compel him to pay their clients – the sons of a Murdaugh family housekeeper who died in 2018 after a reported fall in his home – from a multimillion-dollar […]

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Right to attorney not assured for all low-income criminal defendants in SC

September 26, 2019


By RICK BRUNDRETT Under a new city of Columbia ordinance, “extreme risk” residents who are poor might get a court-appointed lawyer – despite not facing any criminal charges – before they could be ordered by a municipal judge to turn over their guns. But in South Carolina, the appointment of a public defender even in […]

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