November 19, 2018
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The Right to Remain Silent

“The Right to Remain Silent” Contributed editorial written by James W. Bannister In October 2017, George Papadopolous, a former Trump campaign advisor, pled guilty to giving false information to federal investigators. Two months later, Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor, also pled guilty to the same charge. Both of […]
June 14, 2018
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Insight Into Title IX Cases

Insight Into Title IX Cases Earlier this spring, Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, LLC’s Alex Stalvey, managing partner, attended the Fourth Annual Symposium on Representing Students Accused of Sexual Assault in Washington, D.C. This conference is put together by attorneys from across the nation who defend university students accused of sexual […]
June 26, 2017
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South Carolina Court of Appeals Upholds the Stand Your Ground Ruling

The S.C. Court of Appeals recently upheld a Richland County Circuit Court’s order granting immunity to a defendant charged in a woman’s murder. The woman was involved in a drive-by shooting that targeted the defendant’s home. After an earlier altercation at a nightclub with the defendant’s roommate, a vehicle chased […]
June 13, 2016
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Title IX

Many Title IX disputes on college campuses, especially those involving sexual assault charges, are resulting in lawsuits by student families aimed at universities. Most campus investigations, advised by the governmental “dear colleague” letters, use a weak preponderance of evidence standard for determining guilt, in contrast to the clear and convicting […]
September 16, 2014
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NFL Execs’ “Due Process” Position Shows League Still Doesn’t Get It

An article in today’s edition of USA Today describes the reaction of several NFL teams to players that that have been recently arrested or convicted of various criminal charges. In addressing the Adrian Peterson child abuse indictment, Minnesota Vikings owners issued the following statement: “We take very seriously any matter […]
September 9, 2014
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CDV, Possession of a Firearm and Expungements

Most people do not realize that a misdemeanor conviction for a Criminal Domestic Violence in South Carolina makes it illegal to possess a firearm.  Very few people realize that paying a fine and doing some counseling classes also results in the loss of the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. […]