Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Agenda: Clarifying SC's "Stand Your Ground" law; Mayors endorse Sheheen; Meeting set for texting ban

Stavrinakis says CSOL changes should've triggered license review

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 10:37 AM

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Weighing in on an interesting local application of controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws yesterday, the State Supreme Court ruled that suspects accused of a crime who killed or wounded another cannot take advantage of state law by claiming self defense and delaying prosecution while the case is appealed. [State]

Charleston State Rep. Leon Stavrinakis said yesterday that recent changes at Charleston School of Law should have triggered a review of the school by state regulators. [P&C]

Twelve South Carolina mayors, including Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, announced their support of Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen on Wednesday. [State]

After initial talks on a proposed texting-while-driving ban among Charleston City Council on Wednesday, the issue will be discussed at a public hearing on Sept. 9. James Island and Mount Pleasant are also considering proposals. [P&C]

With a few days still left to turn in paperwork, five candidates have filed to run for mayor of Mount Pleasant to replace current Mayor Billy Swails, who isn't running for re-election. [P&C]

The New York Times and The State eulogize beloved NPR staple Marian McPartland, host of SCETV Radio-produced "Piano Jazz" for more than 40 years who died Tuesday at 95. [NYT, State]

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