THE HERALD (YORK COUNTY, SC) 25 MARCH 2017, FEAT. PROF. COLIN MILLER:
A Fort Mill man was convicted earlier this month in a York County court of domestic violence against his husband. It’s South Carolina’s second groundbreaking ruling this month related to gay marriage.
Until a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2015 legalized gay marriage, the charge of domestic violence in same-sex relationships could not have gone to court. South Carolina law did not recognize domestic violence in same-sex relationships until gay marriage became legal.
Thousands of gay victims and gay defendants could be impacted by the March conviction, legal experts said. Colin Miller, criminal law and evidence expert at the University of South Carolina law school, said under state domestic violence law, the following are legal definitions of a household member for purposes of prosecuting domestic violence: spouse, former spouse, persons who have a child in common, or a male and female who live together or have lived together.
THE STATE, 25 MARCH 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
In a Rosewood apartment complex just off South Beltline Boulevard, right around the corner from a child care center, gunshots pierced an otherwise quiet Sunday afternoon.
Columbia police officers responded to Woodland Terrace Apartments just after 3 p.m. on March 19, where they found a 22-year-old man with two gunshot wounds to the leg. Police wrote in their report that two of the victim’s friends gave officers a vague description of where the shots came from. When pressed for more information, they became uncooperative, saying “they didn’t see anything and that they did not know anything about the shooting.”
The victim and his friends may not have cooperated, but two nearby residents spoke with police, who eventually charged Michael DeWayne Haggwood with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
WLTX, 13 APRIL 2017, FEAT. PROF. JOSH GUPTA-KAGAN:
A University of South Carolina Law School professor is leading the charge in reforming the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).
Josh Gupta-Kagan, along with lawyers from Nelson Mullins and Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc, developed a 55-page report on juvenile justice reform.
“I represent kids,” says Gupta-Kagan. “I represent kids who have made mistakes. I want to give those kids the chance to be the productive citizens we all want them to be and I want our system to give them that opportunity rather than be an obstacle.”
NEW REPUBLIC, 17 APRIL 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
Early one Friday morning, more than 250 police officers file into a high school auditorium in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Dressed in the uniform of the off-duty cop—polo shirts and khakis accessorized with pistols and handcuffs—the officers are here to attend a seminar called “The Bulletproof Mind: Prevailing in Violent Encounters … and After.” As the cops settle into their seats, a burly National Guard sergeant in camouflage fatigues takes the floor to introduce the man who will lead the seminar: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, a retired Army ranger and former West Point instructor.
A lean and energetic man, Grossman paces back and forth between two oversize pads of paper propped on easels. Equal parts motivational speaker, drill sergeant, and prophet of doom, he jabs the air with a fat permanent marker of the sort favored by graffiti artists. “We. Are. At. War,” he tells the officers, many of them from small towns in Pennsylvania. “And you are the frontline troops in this war. There is no elite unit showing up to save your bacon when the terrorists attack. You are the Delta Force. You are the Green Beret. You are British SAS. Can you accept that? Every single one of you is in the frontline of a live ammo combat patrol every day of your life.”
THE POST AND COURIER, 22 APRIL 2017, FEAT. PROF. JOSH EAGLE:
Andrew and Lacy Paulussen spent 11 months finding the right location for their new business in Myrtle Beach. They were moving from New Jersey to open a home hardware store that would serve a city experiencing a housing boom.
They found a perfect spot, where the main traffic artery U.S. Highway 501 reaches the beach, and the couple opened their store, House Parts, in 2006. A decade later, Myrtle Beach also believes it is the perfect spot — for a library and an expanded children’s museum to be overseen by Columbia-based EdVenture.
About 10 other business owners have sold their properties, according to Mayor John Rhodes, but the Paulussens and another property owner have resisted the city’s overtures, prompting it to threaten to exercise the power of eminent domain, when a government forces the sale of private property to make way for a public use.
VICE NEWS, 12 APRIL 2017, FEAT. PROF. COLIN MILLER:
When Miami hip-hop producer Harrison Garcia, aka the self-professed “CEO of Purple Drank,” needed to prove his street cred, he posted photos of himself with stacks of cash, a small arsenal of guns, and Styrofoam cups — presumably filled with the codeine-laced beverage “sizzurp” — to his nearly 40,000 followers on Instagram.
But the pictures came back to haunt Garcia, who also goes by the name “Cuban Harry,” in federal court Monday after prosecutors used them as evidence to convict him of five felonies, including armed drug trafficking. While that could land Garcia in prison for life, his defense attorney, Gustavo Lage, argued the 27-year-old only played the part of a criminal online to bolster his standing in the hip-hop world.
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, 9 APRIL 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
In one case, Los Angeles County paid more than $6 million to a woman who had been raped by a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop.
In another, it took more than $7 million to resolve multiple lawsuits after deputies in West Hollywood mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one and seriously wounding the other.
Those payouts from 2016 helped drive a dramatic increase in the cost of resolving legal claims against the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department during the last five years, according to records reviewed by The Times.
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, 6 APRIL 2017, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:
In the race to develop autonomous cars, tech companies and car manufacturers might face another hurdle – car insurance.
While many believe driverless cars could reduce the number of accidents on the road, crashes involving self-driving cars still happen, raising questions about liability. Yet, the old convention of auto insurance companies charging the driver at fault to pay for damages will soon no longer work, and car manufacturers are likely to become the culpable party. The shift of burden, experts say, could disincentivize advances of the technology and delay the arrival of an automated future.
“Everyone wants to have fewer accidents,” James Lynch, chief actuary at the nonprofit organization Insurance Information Institute in New York, tells The Christian Science Monitor. “Public policy would say we want people to buy autonomous vehicles, but simple economics would point to the other direction.”
THE WASHINGTON POST, 1 APRIL 2017, FEAT. PROF. LIBBA PATTERSON:
When the government last shut down, in 2013, Mick Mulvaney considered himself part of “the Shutdown Caucus” — a group of conservative House Republicans who held such a hard line that they were willing to let the lights go out.
Now, four years later, Mulvaney is on a collision course with his former comrades, responsible for convincing intransigent House Republicans to make a different kind of choice and pass a new spending bill by April 28 to avert another shutdown.
The former South Carolina congressman — who was elected in the tea party wave of 2010 and took pride in rejecting his own party’s budget proposals, one after another — now serves as President Trump’s budget director, making him the administration’s chief salesman over the next month on spending matters.
NPR, 25 MARCH 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
For three days last summer, many of us watched as TV and computer screens showed violence between police and civilians. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot and killed by police. Then a gunman killed five police officers in Dallas.
That week made clear just how much these videos of police violence have become part of our lives.
The videos are not new, of course — the Rodney King beating by Los Angeles police was filmed in 1991. But from dashcams to body cameras to bystanders’ cellphones, more and more interactions between civilians and police are being captured on camera.