Tagged: Ethics

Prosecution of Courtesy Summons in Magistrate and Municipal Courts

In 2002, our General Assembly adopted South Carolina Code Section 22-5-115 “to provide that a magistrate [or municipal court judge] may issue a notice for trial based upon the sworn statement of an affiant who is not a law enforcement officer but may not issue an arrest warrant if the affiant is not a law […]

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Informants in Drug Cases Part Two: Hand-to-Hand Transactions Participants & Witnesses

A reoccurring question is whether a person charged in a drug case has the right to know the identity of the informant used by the police to make the case.  The answer turns, in part, on whether the informant is a “mere tipster” or actually participated in or witnessed a hand-to-hand transaction.  This blog post […]

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