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Judges OK SC voter law, say it must wait to 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of three federal judges in Washington has upheld South Carolina’s voter identification law, but says the state cannot put it in practice until 2013.

The judges say in their unanimous ruling that time is too short to put the law in effect ahead of the Nov. 6 elections.

The law requires those wanting to vote in South Carolina to show one of five types of photo identification in order to cast a ballot.

The judges say the law does not discriminate or wipe out voting rights gains of African-Americans.

South Carolina’s law was the first voting law in nearly 20 years that the Department of Justice refused to OK.


SC Supreme Court: Inbox emails may not be private

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled a man’s privacy was not violated when his wife’s daughter-in-law managed to get into his email and find out the name of his lover.

The justices unanimously ruled Wednesday that since the emails were still in the husband’s inbox, the daughter-in-law did not violate a 1986 federal law about email storage.

The case started when M. Lee Jennings’ wife found a card for flowers for another woman in his car. He admitted he was in love with the other woman, but would not give her name.

The wife turned to Holly Broome, who was the wife of her son from a previous marriage. Broome once worked for Jennings and was able to guess the answer to his security question and access his email.


Testimony starts in child buried in concrete case

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — The former girlfriend of a man charged with killing his young son and then putting the body in a trash can filled with concrete says he wiped the victim with peroxide to get rid of fingerprints

Grace Trotman also testified Tuesday that Roger Anthony Williams often hit his 2-year-old son Rodricus Williams.

Williams is on trial in Moncks Corner on a charge of homicide by child abuse in the youngster’s death.

Authorities say the 31-year-old Williams and Trotman concocted a story that the child had fallen into the water off Charleston’s Battery on July 6, 2010. They say that two days later, Trotman led police to the child’s body in Orangeburg County.

Trotman has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced after Williams’ trial.


Man charged in Upstate murder claims self-defense

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A judge is deciding whether to accept a claim of self-defense and drop a murder charge against a man accused in a shooting death in the parking lot of an Anderson movie theater.

An attorney for 25-year-old Raphael Parks says the Clemson University engineering graduate was in fear for his life when he grabbed a gun from the glove box of his car and killed 31-year-old Timothy Pickens two years ago.

The Anderson Independent-Mail reports during a hearing Tuesday, several people testified Parks and Pickens were fighting and wrestling when the shooting happened.

Pickens died about eight months after the shooting after performing routine care of the tracheotomy he needed after he was wounded.


Man found dead outside Lowcountry post office

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A 30-year-old man has been found shot to death in an SUV parked at a North Charleston post office.

Authorities said they were called to the parking lot around 5 p.m. Tuesday and found Kareen Wylder dead in the front passenger seat.

The coroner’s office is investigating the death as a homicide. An autopsy is planned for Wednesday.

North Charleston police say they consider the death suspicious, but won’t say if they think Wylder was killed in the parking lot or somewhere else.


Argument over length of a shower leads to stabbing

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Investigators say an argument over how long a woman had been in the shower led to a Sumter County stabbing.

Deputies told The Item of Sumter they found the 23-year-old victim with four puncture wounds to his back after being called to investigate a fight late Saturday.

Investigators say the victim said he was invited to the home to watch football, and was stabbed after arguing with the homeowner about how long his girlfriend had been in the shower.

Deputies charged 32-year-old John Scott with attempted murder. Scott says he stabbed the victim after he was threatened. The name of the victim has not been released.

It wasn’t clear if Scott had a lawyer.

Deputies say the victim needed stitches, but the injuries were not life-threatening.


Myrtle Beach approves standard prayer for meetings

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Myrtle Beach City Council has approved a standard prayer to be offered at public meetings.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports the prayer approved Tuesday is designed to include people of all faiths.

The council previously has used clergy from all faiths to lead an opening prayer. City officials asked those participating to avoid calling on a specific deity associated with any specific faith.

City attorney Tom Ellenburg says some members of the clergy did not like being told how to pray.

But Ellenburg says a government cannot give preference to religious practices and allowing someone to call on a specific deity does that.

Some council members did not like the idea of adopting a standard invocation, but agreed they did not want to be sued.

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