Author Archives: Mackenzie Grant

Law Day big hit with area Boy Scouts


COLUMBIA — The Indian Waters Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently conducted a major event at the new law school of the University of South Carolina, and it was a big hit for Scouts and leaders alike.

On Sept. 30, 75 Boy Scouts from throughout the Midlands spent their day learning about various aspects of the law and law enforcement from distinguished statewide leaders in those fields.

“In today’s society, it is vital for our young people to better understand the importance of law and law enforcement,” said Doug Stone, Scout executive of the Indian Waters Council, BSA. “It was remarkable to have done that with the top caliber of professionals we had represented from those fields.”

The event was led by a large group of law professionals who are all Eagle Scout alumni, including federal Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr., South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, former SLED Chief Robert Stewart, Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon and state Sen. Brad Hutto. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster provided the opening remarks with a history of the American legal system and encouraging words for the young men.

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Brogdon named executive director of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association of SC

Elizabeth Herlong Brogdon, Esq. (1994) has been named Executive Director of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association of SC (WSWA-SC). In this role, Elizabeth will lead the Association, to include overseeing legislative strategy, coordinating legislative efforts, working closely with state regulatory agencies (primarily SLED and SCDOR), and providing legal advice to the Association’s member wholesalers.

California Wants to Make Your Robocar Dreams Come True


Congress may finally be hacking away at national legislation that would firmly delineate who is responsible for regulating what about autonomous cars, but California has a big role to play here. “California is special,” says Bryant Walker Smith, a legal scholar with the University of South Carolina School of Law who studies self-driving vehicles. “It’s really big, it’s where a lot of this action is happening, it has the track record to be thinking through these issues, and it’s pretty committed to them.” The state has been regulating self-driving tech since 2012, and to date, has barred anyone from running a human-free car on public roads.

This updated proposal, open for public comment until October 25 and set to be finalized before the end of the year, seems to confirm a change: This driverless vehicle thing is really happening. “It’s yet another step,” Smith says. “And these days, there are so many steps, so fast, that I’d say we’re running.”

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Police ‘interaction training’ will be worth it if it eases fear on all sides


Beginning next year, Texas teenagers will start getting “how to” lessons in the startlingly obvious: how to get stopped by a cop.

Under a new state law, the 2018-19 school year will include instruction for public school and driver’s ed students in “interactions with police,” including safety recommendations and individual rights. At the same time, police officers will be given similar training about how they should behave during traffic stops and similar routine encounters with citizens.

Maybe this training is necessary, and it probably does no harm. Proposed curricula, which will be based on information already included in state driver-training manuals, is pretty straightforward stuff: Stay in your car, open the window, keep your hands visible. Be polite.


What I find distressing about all this is perhaps irrelevant, which is this: Such “training” might reinforce the notion that law enforcement officers and the communities they police are alien species, natural adversaries who inevitably misunderstand and mistrust one another.

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A year after the Townville Elementary School shooting, grief, questions, strength remain


In a medical helicopter, caregivers attending to 6-year-old Jacob Hall tried so valiantly to save him that they rolled up their sleeves and transfused their own blood into his body, his family’s lawyers said.

Those desperate efforts were not enough to save the Townville Elementary School first-grader.

A year has passed since investigators said a teenager, Jesse Osborne, opened fire on the school playground.

And everyone — those connected to Jacob, to the Osborne family, to the school and its rural Anderson County community — is changed.

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