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Lawyers seek new trial for 14-year-old South Carolina boy executed in 1944

Richard Luscombe, theguardian.com Supporters of a 14-year-old black boy put to death in 1944 for the murders of two young white girls have asked a judge in South Carolina to grant him a new trial. An all-white jury took barely 10 minutes to convict George Stinney of bludgeoning the girls,…

Lesbian married couple says South Carolina’s marriage equality ban makes them ‘legal strangers’

A South Carolina couple is suing in federal court to challenge the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, arguing that it treats them as “legal strangers” for not recognizing their union, even though they were legally married in another state. “Those opinions were expressed at a date that’s quite awhile ago,”…

New shark species discovered near South Carolina

A known type of hammerhead shark has been discovered to be a distinct species. It was assumed for many years that the hammerheads in South Carolina waters at  Bull’s Bay north of Charleston,  St. Helena Sound near Beaufort and in the Charleston…  …

Nuclear power plant in South Carolina at risk for shutdown

A nuclear power plant located near Hartsville, South Carolina is at risk for being shut down, according to a research study conducted at the Vermont Law School. However, the plant has a license to operate until 2030 and operators Duke Energy say they…  …

Native American rights in play while Iraq vet fights for 3-year-old daughter

An Iraq War veteran who says he mistakenly signed away his parental rights is trying to keep custody of his 3-year-old daughter. According to CBS News, Army National Guardsman Dusten Brown believed that he was signing over custody to his daughter’s mother when he sent a text message and signed…

Reports of push poll tactics emerge in South Carolina special election

Democratic operatives on Wednesday alleged that congressional candidate Elizabeth Colbert-Busch had been targeted by a highly-misleading and sleazy push polls. Two women active in Democratic politics told the liberal blog Think Progress that they received such calls . The push polls, which are designed to mislead voters with a phoney…

Nikki Haley: ‘Women don’t care about contraception’

Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Tuesday said that the Obama administration had made a mistake by mandating that health insurance cover birth control because “women don’t care about contraception.” During an appearance on ABC’s The View, co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked Haley how conservatives could make the case that…

South Carolina’s Republican lieutenant governor resigns in ethics scandal

South Carolina’s Republican Lieutenant Governor Ken Ard resigned on Friday just before being indicted on seven counts of misusing campaign money. An hour after the indictment was announced, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years of probation and a $5000 fine. He could have faced as much as…

ACLU urges court to block South Carolina’s voter ID law

The American Civil Liberties Union has urged a federal court to block a South Carolina voter ID law from taking effect because of concerns that it would have a disproportionate effect on minority voters. “South Carolina’s voter ID law is a prime example why the Voting Rights Act is necessary…

South Carolina bill would ban Sharia law

A South Carolina state House panel will consider a bill next month that aims to ban any foreign laws, including Sharia law. Similar attempts to ban foreign laws have been introduced in at least 20 states. Opponents have said that such laws address a non-existent issue and could actually discriminate…

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