Monthly Archives:' December 2013

Goal should be justice, not spin

Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:01 a.m.

A little less than one year ago, The Post and Courier published a letter I wrote in response to an article concerning the acquittal of Tyrone Winslow Jr. Mr. Winslow sat in jail for two years waiting on a murder trial that “by all accounts, never should have happened.” Mr. Winslow was finally freed when Circuit Court Judge Stephanie McDonald directed a verdict of not guilty after finding that the state had failed to prove its case.

4th circuit says Occupy can sue Gov. Haley over arrests

By: The Associated Press December 16, 2013

COLUMBIA (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley isn’t immune from being sued by Occupy Columbia protesters who were kicked off the Statehouse grounds in 2011, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

The Republican governor could theoretically appeal the decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her attorneys did not immediately return a message.

Text Message Sender May Face Liability for Driver's Accident

By Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Litigation News Contributing Editor – November 27, 2013

A person who sends a text message when she knows the recipient is driving may be liable for negligence if the driver causes harm while texting in response, according to a New Jersey appellate court, in the first case of its kind.  In Kubert v. Best [pdf], the New Jersey Superior Court of Appeals expanded the concept of duty for texters by identifying specific conditions under which the sender of the original message may be held responsible, along with the driver, for an accident caused by the distracted driver.