South Carolina

Kelley v. Wren, Sun Publishing

May 6, 2016

The Reporters Committee and others filed a brief in support of a newspaper's request for review to the South Carolina Supreme Court, in a case that turns on what is required to show "actual malice" on the part of a journalist. 

Kelley v. Sun Publishing

June 4, 2015

The Reporters Committee submitted an amicus brief arguing that the trial court had misapplied the "actual malice" standard and not required proof that the reporter knew a statement was false or recklessly disregarded the truth.

South Carolina Supreme Court lifts prior restraint in James Brown estate case

Tom Isler | Prior Restraints | News | March 10, 2015
March 10, 2015

The Supreme Court of South Carolina has dissolved a prior restraint against a small-town newspaper reporter covering the ongoing legal battle for the estate of singer James Brown.

The reporter, Sue Summer, had received an anonymous package containing the diary of Tommie Rae Hynie Brown, who was recently recognized by a South Carolina court as the widow of James Brown. The diary, which was filed under seal with the court, contained passages that seemed to imply that Ms. Brown was not, in fact, married to Mr. Brown.

S.C. Supreme Court rules public bodies subject to FOIA

Amy Zhang | Freedom of Information | News | July 18, 2013
July 18, 2013

The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state's public records law does not violate the First Amendment speech and association rights of nonprofits that are subject to the law's disclosure requirements because of their financial ties to local governments.

South Carolina

August 1, 2012

Summary of statute(s): An individual who is a party to either an in-person conversation or electronic communication, or who has the consent of one of the parties to the communication, can lawfully record it. S.C. Code Ann. § 17-30-30 (2011).

State high court overturns conviction of preacher

Rosemary Lane | Libel | Feature | November 15, 2010
November 15, 2010

The South Carolina Supreme Court reversed a conviction of a street preacher arrested for making anti-gay comments on a sidewalk in downtown Greenville. The preacher was arrested for allegedly violating a city ordinance prohibiting molesting or disturbing others.

The court struck down a subsection of the city ordinance, ruling it unconstitutionally vague, and upheld that Joseph Bane had been wrongly convicted without sufficient evidence.

Investigation prompts municipalities to post court data online

Curry Andrews | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | April 6, 2010
April 6, 2010

A media investigation led to three South Carolina cities and towns posting court data online, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported.

The investigation found that three of the region's largest municipalities, which handle more than 100,000 cases a year, were not posting data on their Web sites. The investigation arose when a newspaper filed an open records request for court data dating back to Jan. 2007 and all three jurisdictions responded with incomplete information.

Dear Elmer Fudd: Respond to subpoena or be revealed

Ansley Schrimpf | Libel | Quicklink | September 24, 2009
September 24, 2009

A South Carolina newspaper alerted an anonymous online commenter that he or she has until Oct. 2 to respond to a Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce subpoena or the newspaper will hand over the commenter’s identity.

New North Myrtle Beach policy boosts fees for records access

Caitlin Dickson | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | July 17, 2009
July 17, 2009

The North Myrtle Beach, S.C. city council approved a new policy last week ramping up the charges for public records, in a bid to keep citizens from requesting information "just to have it," the Palmetto Scoop reports.