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New South Carolina police unit raises criminal defense questions

Columbia residents might have heard about a new state police unit that is designed to investigate immigrants charged with crimes. The special force is the first of its kind in the nation, and it has already stirred up a lot of controversy, with opponents arguing that it will inevitably overstep its authority or engage in racial profiling. It also raises interesting possibilities for criminal defense.

South Carolina man prosecuted for murder--again

Many people believe that once someone has been tried with a crime that he or she cannot be retried for that same offense because that would be double jeopardy, a violation of the Fifth Amendment. In most cases, this assumption is correct. Under the constitution, people in South Carolina are protected from double jeopardy -- or facing more than one punishment for the same criminal charge. But, there are exceptions to this rule.

DUI charge for South Carolina firefighter

Sometimes, it is easy to forget that public employees can make mistakes just like everyone else. Recently, a South Carolina firefighter allegedly made the mistake of drunk driving. According to police, the 22-year-old man was a volunteer firefighter in Woodruff, South Carolina. He was apparently driving with a 16-year-old passenger.

Man sentenced to prison time and fined for identity theft

Crimes that involve computers, the internet or personal privacy issues are taken very seriously by local authorities and federal officials. In one South Carolina internet crimes case, the United States Secret Services conducted the investigation.

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