In South Carolina, They Want to Give ‘Discretion’ to Law Enforcement…

Yeah, I wonder how this would work out?

Raising the hackles of watchdogs throughout the state, Rep. Chris Murphy of Summerville has proposed amendments to the state’s Freedom of Information Act statute “to protect the integrity of the criminal trial process” and to bring it in line with federal and neighboring state laws.

The amendment, concerned primarily with law enforcement, was introduced Feb. 7 and currently sits in the House judiciary committee. The original law was passed in 1976.

Here is what the amendment does:

  • Adds “Information to be used in a prospective law enforcement action or criminal prosecution” to the list of items that may be exempt.
  • Removes the word “relationships” and rewrites a section as: “Correspondence or work products of prosecutors or other legal counsel for a public body and any other material that would violate attorney-client privileges or undermine the open communication among victims, law enforcement, and prosecutors.”

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