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SC Supreme Court OK’s Prolonged Traffic Stop & Search

State v. Stepheno Jemain Alston (No. 2015-002134) On March 28, 2011, Deputy Donnie Gilbert, employed with the Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, was monitoring traffic on northbound Interstate 85. At approximately 1:00 p.m., Deputy Gilbert observed a green Hyundai Santa Fe pass him while continuing to strike the dotted lines

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SC Supreme Court Clarifies Interlocutory Appellate Procedures

State v. Andrew Looper (No. 2015-001493) Petitioner was charged with driving under the influence (DUI). At a pretrial hearing before a magistrate,¬†Looper moved to suppress evidence of field sobriety tests and breath analysis, arguing they were the fruits of an unconstitutionally prolonged traffic stop. The magistrate granted¬†Looper’s motion to suppress the evidence and dismissed the

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Court of Appeals Affirms Burglary Conviction

State v. Demario Thompson Demario Thompson appealed his convictions for first-degree burglary and third-degree assault. This case stemmed from a disturbance and an apartment complex at 4:00 am in July 2014. Responding officers encountered the alleged victim, observing that her apartment door appeared to have been kicked in, she was visibly upset, and she had

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