NYT headline: “Courts Sidestep the Law, and South Carolina’s Poor Go to Jail”
The New York Times reports that a Sumter, S.C. man with a history of mental illness has been arrested more than 270 times for trespassing, four times in one day last December, repeatedly spending time in jail. But he’s never had a lawyer. The Times says that 139 of the state’s 212 municipal courts do not have public defenders available for poor offenders, but collect some $20 million in fines and fees annually. Source: New York Times

One of the nation’s largest retailers, Walmart, has asked the state Public Service Commission to provide input on the situation related to the failed VC Summer nuclear project. Advocacy groups have filed suit against SCE&G over money already paid for the projects, but the P&C reports that Walmart’s filing “suggests that major electricity users could be entering the fray.” Meanwhile, the state continues looking at selling Santee Cooper, which ran up debt as a minority stake in the project, but lawmakers want to figure out how much it’s worth. Source: P&C, The State

A Florence, S.C. school board member reportedly called some members of the board “darkies,” in an email to a district employee. The man has reportedly since resigned his elected position. Source: Florence Morning News

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham defended President Donald Trump’s golf game yesterday in a 33-minute conversation with Golf Magazine and to a crowd of 700+ in Hilton Head on Wednesday. Graham claims that the president shot two strokes over par during their outing at Trump National in Northern Virginia on Tuesday, a claim some have doubted. Source: Golf, Hilton Head Island Packet

Republicans are still hoping to pass a measure proposed by Congressman Jeff Duncan that would loosen restrictions on gun noise suppressors, a bill he says would help protect hunters’ hearing. Initial consideration of the bill has already been put off twice due to mass shooting events. Source: McClatchy, CNBC

The Citadel says it wants to demolish a 1949 classroom building on its campus and spend more than $51 million to replace it with a larger one. Source: P&C

P&C editorial: “The high price” of Mount Pleasant impact fees