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The retired chief justice of the S.C. Supreme Court has issued a court order requiring the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) by Friday to release recorded phone calls of a jailed woman accused of driving drunk and killing a new bride at Folly Beach.

CCSO refused to turn over any part of the defendant’s phone calls after initially releasing the records to The Post and Courier in May. Gray Television LLC, the parent company of WCSC TV, sued Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano June 22 for violating the state’s Freedom of Information Act.  

After the newspaper published an article detailing the released video recordings, the Sheriff’s Office denied subsequent requests for those same recordings and any new recordings, citing FOIA exemptions, including the defendant’s privacy, physical safety and right to a fair trial.

The new court order, given Tuesday to the sheriff’s office, says the calls requested through FOIA by the television station do not fall under any exceptions and CCSO waived its ability to deny the calls because it already gave them to The Post and Courier

According to the newspaper, the ruling, in which the judge said authorities violated the state’s FOIA, may set a precedent. 

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