Posts Tagged ‘Charleston Post & Courier’

Charleston’s daily paper wins Pulitzer Prize for series on domestic violence

On April 20, 2015, the Charleston Post and Courier won the 2015 gold medal for public service, the most prestigious of the Pulitzer Prize awards for journalism, for the paper’s series on domestic violence, “Till Death Do Us Part.” Among the P&C journalists sharing this award is a friend, Glenn Smith, whose reporting on the […]

In disputes between biological parents and third-parties, we don’t want decisions to be based on “the best interests of the child”

A review of the excellent news reporting from Allyson Bird at the Charleston Post and Courier, regarding the adoption case involving two year-old, Veronica, her prospective adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, and her Cherokee birth father, Dusten Brown, demonstrates a misunderstanding when a “best interests of the child” standard is applicable.  For custody cases […]

The Citadel sexual abuse cover up(s)

I find myself in an awkward position in which my friend, Charleston Post & Courier reporter Glenn Smith, is investigating and writing about a colleague and former office mate, Citadel General Counsel, Mark C. Brandenburg.  Glenn’s an outstanding reporter, investigating and breaking numerous important local stories that are too small to interest the national media. […]

Have we no shame?

Fyodor Dostoevsky said “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”  What do articles like this excellent Glenn Smith piece in Sunday’s Charleston Post & Courier, documenting the death of a young man in a South Carolina prison, or the recent United States Supreme Court opinion in Brown v. […]

Education & teen pregnancy

Anyone who practices family law–and anyone who simply observes our culture–sees the overwhelming correlation between human misery and folks having children they are not emotionally or financially capable of parenting.  Reducing teen pregnancy would ameliorate a range of social problems. Two recent articles in our local newspaper, the Charleston Post & Courier, highlight the issues […]

V.I. Lenin was wrong: The Gang of Four sell out (maybe)

One of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin’s more astute observations about capitalism was “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”  The recent agreement by British post-collegiate, post-punk band The Gang of Four[1] to license their song “Natural’s Not in It” to Microsoft to sell Kinect, its new motion sensitive controller for […]

Licenced to parent?

I read this week in the New York Times that half of all pregnancies in America are unplanned.  Many of the social problems I observe–in family court; in my community; in the media–are the result of people becoming parents when they did not intend to become parents.  Not a month goes by when my local paper, […]

When the buck stops nowhere, failure is to be expected: the problems created by the lack of tort liability for a Social Service agency’s failure to protect a child from abusive caregivers

My first year of law school the United States Supreme Court, in the case of Deshaney v. Winnebago Cty. Soc. Servs. Dept., 489 U.S. 189 (1989), rejected a claim that negligence of a child protective service agency to protect a child from an abusive caregiver was a violation of the due process clause of the […]


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