COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered tighter regulation of a low-level nuclear waste landfill where radioactive water has leaked into the groundwater.
Drug conviction overturned because officer isn’t expert
LAURENS, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has overturned a man's conviction and 5-year sentence on drug charges because prosecutors presented an unqualified police officer as a drug expert.
The justices said the officer only had his experience on the Laurens Police force and one course from the State Law Enforcement Division when he testified in December 2013.
South Carolina Supreme Court allows annexation challenge
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court says two residents of a coastal town and an environmental group can challenge a 2009 annexation.
Sheriff wins suit over our-of-state qualifications
MCORMICK, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has finally removed all legal questions about the McCormick County sheriff two years after his election.
The justices ruled Wednesday that Republican Clarke Stearns is legally qualified for the job because he spent 31 years as a certified law officer in Virginia.
Democrats sued after Stearns' election in 2016, saying state law requires a sheriff to be certified in South Carolina. The justices disagreed.
South Carolina Supreme Court considering utility dispute
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's highest court is suggesting Gov. Henry McMaster and state lawmakers work together on the fallout from a state-owned utility's part in a failed nuclear project.
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — State-owned utility Santee Cooper is asking the South Carolina Supreme Court to resolve a dispute with electric cooperatives.
Santee Cooper asked the Supreme Court on Monday to determine whether the electric cooperatives must pay their share for a failed nuclear project.
SCE&G and Santee Cooper abandoned plans to build two nuclear reactors in Fairfield County last July, after spending $9 billion. Santee Cooper's share is about $4 billion.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The nation's highest court has refused to hear a case from South Carolina churches upset with The Episcopal Church over a decision concerning ownership of property.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a request from the Diocese of South Carolina to reverse a decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court. Last year, the court ruled that the national denomination owns the church property.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has refused to change a decision last year that allows big farms to use billions of gallons of water.
The court said Wednesday it will not change its ruling upholding a 2010 law that allows large farms to take river water without obtaining a permit from the state.
Residents in Bamberg, Darlington and Greenville counties had said the law favors large farms over the needs of others.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An open government advocate says a South Carolina Supreme Court decision means the public won't have the right to know how $60 million in taxes are spent.
Justices ruled 4-1 on Wednesday the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce isn't a public body under the state Freedom of Information Act.
South Carolina Supreme Court considers nuclear landfill
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court is considering whether to force the operator of a low-level nuclear waste landfill to reduce the possibility of leaking radioactive material.
The State newspaper reported the justices heard arguments Wednesday in a dispute between the Sierra Club and Chem-Nuclear, which operates the Barnwell County landfill.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court is questioning how a county is spending transportation tax money.
The court said Wednesday the state revenue department did not have the authority to withhold payments to Richland County.
But the justices also said the revenue department's request for an injunction preventing the county from spending the money should have been approved.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A new trial has been ordered for a South Carolina man who's serving a life sentence for selling $15 in crack cocaine a decade ago.
Some South Carolina Episcopal churches appeal to high court
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Some Episcopal churches in South Carolina upset with The Episcopal Church are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a court decision that could cost them ownership of property.
Greenville’s Kittredge re-elected to state’s highest court
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Greenville jurist has won a second term to South Carolina's highest court.
State lawmakers on Wednesday voted to give Justice John Kittredge another 10-year term on the South Carolina Supreme Court. Kittredge had no opposition.
Kittredge was first elected to the high court in 2008. He previously served on the state Court of Appeals, as well as a judge in family and circuit courts.
SC Supreme Court hears arguments in Florence fire district case
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Supreme Court heard final arguments Wednesday in a case that will determine whether the West Florence Fire District is legally allowed to operate outside the county’s unified fire district.
The court’s decision is typically given anywhere between 30 to 90 days after closing arguments.
Since the district was granted a stay of operation and remains functional, there’s not a rush or emergency that warrants an expedited decision from the court.
3 days of mourning and celebrating the life of Finney begins
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There will be three days of mourning and celebrating the life of former South Carolina Chief Justice Ernest Finney .
South Carolina Supreme Court ends 24-year-old school lawsuit
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After 24 years, a landmark lawsuit over education funding in South Carolina has come to an end but the debate has not, as one Supreme Court justice said that to continue the case would be a "gross oversight of judicial power," but another accused the court of losing its will.
The Latest: Poor districts disappointed in end of lawsuit
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the South Carolina Supreme Court ending a school funding lawsuit (all times local):
A lawyer representing nearly three dozen poor and rural school districts in South Carolina that sued to get more money and support from lawmakers says they are disappointed the 24-year court fight is over.
Attorney Carl Epps said Monday the 33 districts wish the state Supreme Court had set a deadline like other states to provide enough resources to schools.
Decades-old education funding lawsuit ended by South Carolina Supreme Court
COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Supreme Court has dismissed a 24-year-old lawsuit filed by rural school districts, three years after ordering state legislators to improve opportunities for poor, rural children.
The 3-2 decision filed Friday releases lawmakers from the high court's oversight.
State Supreme Court rules on domestic violence law
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Friday that two sections of the state's domestic violence law should stand as written.
Law license suspended for ex-lawmaker in corruption probe
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has suspended the law license of a former lawmaker facing a criminal conspiracy charge in what a prosecutor says was a corruption scheme in the Legislature.
Justices say Jim Harrison agreed to the interim suspension in a Wednesday order.
Harrison is a Columbia lawyer who spent 23 years in the House through 2013 and was chairman of the House Judiciary Committee for nearly two decades.
S.C. Supreme Court suspends law license of former legislator charged in Statehouse corruption probe
The South Carolina Supreme Court has suspended the law license of a former legislator facing conspiracy and misconduct charges.
Chief Justice Don Beatty signed an order Wednesday indefinitely suspending the license of former House Judiciary Chairman Jim Harrison. The 66-year-old Columbia Republican was among five people indicted last week as part of the expanding investigation into Statehouse corruption. All five were allowed Tuesday to remain free on personal recognizance bonds.
Potato farm water fight heading back to South Carolina Supreme Court
The mega potato farm water fight is headed back to court.
The S.C. Supreme Court has agreed to rehear a case brought against the state by Edisto River property owners who say environmental regulations designed to govern how much water can be taken from a stream or lake aren't working as intended.
Consultant Quinn asks Supreme Court to sideline corruption probe prosecutor, return seized documents
Embattled political consultant Richard Quinn is asking the South Carolina Supreme Court to block special prosecutor David Pascoe from investigating him in connection with the Statehouse corruption probe and return a trove of documents seized during a March raid on his Columbia offices.
Man charged federally for torturing, killing victim in 2008
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man accused of torturing his victim with a hot screwdriver before killing him in 2008 faces federal charges, a year after the South Carolina Supreme Court threw out his state conviction.
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted 38-year-old Antonio Miller of Columbia on charges of kidnapping resulting in death, drug conspiracy resulting in death and using a gun in a drug trafficking crime causing death, said U.S. Attorney Beth Drake.
SC: Split Episcopal dioceses can’t take millions in property
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dozens of parishes that split from The Episcopal Church over theological issues including the ordination of gay priests cannot take valuable real estate with them, according to a split ruling issued Wednesday by South Carolina's highest court.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that timeshare owners are now able to sue developers for violations of industry regulations.
The Island Packet reports (http://bit.ly/2qvJrRs ) the unanimous decision on Wednesday will allow the estimated 100 lawsuits filed against two Hilton Head Island timeshare companies to go forward.
Cancellation indicates lt. gov. can’t pick successor
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Tuesday canceled a hearing over how the lieutenant governor's office can be filled if Gov. Nikki Haley becomes U.N. ambassador, indicating that Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster won't be able to pick his successor.
State Supreme Court to resolve lieutenant governor questions
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to resolve questions over how the lieutenant governor's office will be filled if Gov. Nikki Haley becomes ambassador to the United Nations.
Attorney General Alan Wilson responds to Sen. Tom Davis lawsuit
COLUMBIA - The S.C. Attorney General is in agreement that the South Carolina Supreme Court should decide the ascension path at the center of a controversy involving the soon-to-vacant lieutenant governor's post.
Attorney General Alan Wilson's office responded Tuesday to a lawsuit filed by state Sen. Tom Davis last month.
Comments on settlement in teen’s death gets judge suspended
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has suspended a judge who wrote on his Facebook page that a family's $2 million settlement after an officer fatally shot their son was "all about the money."
Justices unanimously accepted a six-month suspension for Oconee County Probate Judge Kenneth Johns. But Wednesday's filing is retroactive to Johns' interim suspension, meaning his disciplinary period ended last month.
Judge who is wife of Chester County sheriff reprimanded
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Chester County magistrate who is the wife of the current sheriff has been publicly reprimanded by the South Carolina Supreme Court because she wasn't disclosing her relationship before every case she heard involving the sheriff's office.