Judge gives Grand Strand police departments 30 days to improve procedures for managing evidence

MY HORRY NEWS, 26 DECEMBER 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

A circuit court judge gave Grand Strand police agencies until next month to develop a set of procedures for collecting and transferring high-tech evidence such as officer body camera videos and cell phone data after defense attorneys raised concerns about access to those records during recent criminal trials, authorities said.

Earlier this month, Judge Steven John called together law enforcement leaders from Horry and Georgetown counties and told them they had 30 days to craft a plan for addressing evidence-related problems that have arisen in recent cases, said 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson, who expects the plan to be finished by the second week of January.

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