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White South Carolina soldier who pushed Black man is charged with assault

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A white Fort Jackson soldier seen in a video pushing and yelling at a young Black man in a northeast Columbia neighborhood has been criminally charged, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department. The incident took place in the Summit neighborhood, a sprawling community located between Clemson and Hardscrabble roads. At an evening news conference, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott identified the man charged as Jonathan Pentland, 42. Deputies charged him with third-degree assault and battery. Investigators brought the case to the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office and a j...

Top SC officials to appeal federal judge's freeze on new state anti-abortion law

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Three top South Carolina Republican officials — Gov. Henry McMaster, House Speaker Jay Lucas and Attorney General Alan Wilson — filed notice on Friday saying they intend to appeal an injunction issued last month by a federal judge that prevents the state's new anti-abortion law from taking effect. Their notice of appeal says that McMaster, Lucas and Wilson intend to appeal to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals the March 19 injunction by U.S. District Judge Mary Lewis that blocked the new law. In a memorandum last month accompanying her injunction, Judge Lewis said the state...

Fearful of federal 'gun grabs,' lawmakers seek to use SC militia law

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Republican South Carolina senator worried about future federal "gun grabs" got backing from a Senate panel this week on his proposal that lists what types of weapons members of the state's "unorganized militia" can have. The Senate's Family and Veterans Services Committee voted 8-6 Wednesday to send S. 614 to the floor over concerns from mostly Democratic lawmakers who questioned whether the legislation is constitutional. In state law, South Carolina's "unorganized militia" was founded in the event that more forces than the National Guard had available were needed to respond...

South Carolina attorney Deborah Barbier tapped for Trump's impeachment defense trial team

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Columbia attorney Deborah Barbier has been tapped for former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial defense team, according to sources. Trump's defense team will be led by another Columbia attorney, Butch Bowers, 55, who has numerous ties to people and officials in the South Carolina Republican Party and other official circles. Former South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon was also mentioned Monday night on CNN as a possible member of Trump's defense team. A former federal prosecutor, Barbier, 51, works in a small law firm near downtown Columbia and often works wit...

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