by Sam Spence
Watch out: There's jellyfish and stingrays in them thar waves.
Summerville Circuit Judge Diane Schafer Goodstein is the only Lowcountry jurist asking to be vetted for the spot on the State Supreme Court that will be vacated when Chief Justice Costa Pleicones retires this year. Source: P&C
Attorneys defending accused Emanuel AME gunman Dylann Roof filed a motion Monday that argues the death penalty and federal death penalty law are unconstitutional forms of "arbitrary, cruel and unusual punishment." Source: AP, CNN
Meanwhile, former North Charleston officer Michael Slager's defense attorneys say that "false narrative" and "inaccurate media accounts" that injected racism into the account of Walter Scott's death could complicate jury selection in that case. Source: P&C
State Rep. Todd Rutherford, the leader of the Democrats in the GOP-dominated S.C. House, called on Gov. Nikki Haley and Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster to distance themselves from their party's presidential nominee Donald Trump after critical statements he made over the weekend about the Muslim-American parents of a soldier killed in Iraq who themselves were critical of Trump during the DNC last week. Haley along with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Congressman Mark Sanford have been the only members of the state's Republican delegation to reject the Trump comments. Source: The State, P&C
The State's Cindi Scoppe: "SC’s sales tax holiday is a shell game ... and we’re the dupes"