Joseph Cranney is an investigative reporter in Columbia, with a focus on government corruption and injustices in the criminal legal system. He can be reached securely by Proton mail at email@example.com or on Signal at 215-285-9083.
Cody T. Mitchell, 34, a law partner to House Speaker Jay Lucas, refused a breathalyzer when stopped May 8, the authorities said.
Alex Underwood promised to end the "good ol' boys' system" as Chester County sheriff. But he proved more of the same, using his powerful position to benefit himself and his friends. Now he faces prison.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott's department is being accused of victim blaming and withholding records from the viral April 14 confrontation in The Summit neighborhood.
A jury convicted former Chester County Sheriff Alex “Big A” Underwood of seven corruption and abuse of power charges on April 23, effectively ending his career in law enforcement and again highlighting South Carolina’s history with crooked sheriffs.
Protesters moved from a Columbia neighborhood, where a White Fort Jackson sergeant was caught on video berating and shoving a Black man, to the S.C. Statehouse grounds where they called for prosecutors to issue more charges.
The federal trial of former Sheriff Alex Underwood began with stories of deputies ordered to work at the sheriff's home and surveil his political opponents.
The Post and Courier first exposed many of the allegations now facing former Chester County Sheriff Alex "Big A" Underwood.
Stirred by revelations that a broken system of oversight paved the way for corruption and other abuses, Upstate lawmakers say they will call for more scrutiny of South Carolina's hundreds of special government districts.
A string of questionable conduct and excess at a Greenville fire district cost taxpayers thousands and wrecked morale. Almost none of it has come to light.
Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook fired Officer Sean Rollins more than a year after a controversial shooting and after other violent incidents.