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Jul 23rd 2014

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    Attorney General Alan Wilson Statement on Halbig V. Burwell Ruling (COLUMBIA, S.C.)  South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson released the following statement on today’s ruling by the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell, striking down an IRS regulation which allowed the use of federal tax subsidies for the purchase of health insurance on federal exchanges under the Affordable Care Act: “I am pleased the court ruled that the IRS exceeded its authority by reinterpreting language in the Affordable Care Act.  I joined seven of my fellow Attorneys General in filing amici briefs because we recognize…

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    The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office has received numerous calls from people in at least seven states about a scam. They report getting an e-mail allegedly from the Attorney General’s Office with a subject line of “Final Legal Notification” and containing what claims to be an “attorney retainer agreement.”  The document carries the seal of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Department of Justice and a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. The e-mail contains the name of an actual attorney in South Carolina who is not involved in the fraud, and a message that says, “All this…

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    Attorney General Alan Wilson Files Additional Appeal Documents In Harrell Matter (Columbia, S.C.) Attorney General Alan Wilson announced his Office has filed three appeal documents with the state Supreme Court in connection with the Speaker Bobby Harrell matter. The documents include: 1) Notice of Appeal in the Matter of State Grand Jury Investigation #M2014-237 The notice is to advise the Court that a full appeal will be forthcoming.  The appeal briefs will present the merits of this Office’s appeal. Attorney General Wilson writes in the notice of appeal: “The Attorney General, in his official capacity as the Chief Prosecuting Officer…

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    Attorney General Alan Wilson Issues Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway   (COLUMBIA, S.C.)   South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson released the following statement on today’s 5-4 ruling by the United States Supreme Court, upholding the practice of offering corporate prayer at government meeting in Greece, New York.  The South Carolina Attorney General’s office submitted an amicus brief supporting the town of Greece, which was used by the Court in its decision: “I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the First Amendment right of every American to pray, including at the start…

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      To view the full complaint, click here. MARCH 18, 2014 REMARKS OF SOUTH CAROLINA ATTORNEY GENERAL ALAN WILSON ON LEGAL ACTIONS TAKEN REGARDING MOX FACILITY Over the last few years, our office has dealt with a similar issue involving Yucca Mountain. In that case the federal government, under an agreement with the states, collected billions of dollars for nuclear waste disposal and with the unilateral stroke of a pen the federal government effectively said, “You keep your nuclear waste and we will keep your money.”  In that case, this office brought a suit which resulted in a federal court of…

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    News Release January 8, 2014 Attorney General Alan Wilson Issues Statement Following The State Supreme Court Ruling on The State v. Paul Gwinn Brief: “Huge victory for victims of criminal domestic violence.” (COLUMBIA, S.C.) Today, Attorney General Alan Wilson issued the following statement on the court’s ruling in the South Carolina Supreme Court case, The State v. Paul Gwinn. “We applaud the Supreme Court in its interpretation of South Carolina’s constitution. “The court’s ruling today is a landmark. This decision further enshrines the authority of the Attorney General as the state’s chief prosecutor under our State constitution. It affirms our…

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    Due to the lack of response to the multitude of concerns shared with your Administration by numerous states over the last several months, we are requesting you to direct Secretary Sebelius to meet with the concerned attorneys general to address these issues.

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    The first obligation of government is maintaining the safety and security of its citizens. Ironically, the implementation of a federal program, designed to provide health care to all Americans, puts us all at severe risk because it is riddled with scams and security breaches. Americans should not have to barter their privacy and financial security for health insurance.

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    “This decision reaffirms a fundamental truth: the President is not above the law. His administration cannot pick and choose which laws to follow and which to ignore,” said Wilson.

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    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)   Attorney General Alan Wilson today announced the appointment of Robert D. Cook as the first Solicitor General for the Attorney General’s Office.  South Carolina now joins more than 30 other states whose Attorney General’s Office has a Solicitor General position. The Solicitor General will assist the Attorney General in developing the office’s legal policy.  He will oversee formulation of legal policies and procedures regarding the joining of amicus curiae briefs, and will help navigate issues related to federalism, states’ rights, the rule of law and various other constitutional questions. Cook, who has served at the Attorney General’s Office…

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    Fraud committed against the Medicaid program deprives funds needed to pay for medical services, including nursing home care, for elderly citizens who can’t afford it otherwise.

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    “For nearly 50 years, Sections 4 and 5 have imposed an extraordinary intrusion into state sovereignty in certain states, including South Carolina. Over time, great strides have been made and Sections 4 and 5 have become obsolete.

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    “An important civics lesson can be learned from this bill and how Ashley Hall parents such as Anna Murray and many others who set an example for citizens can effectively come together to make our state a safer place to live, work, and raise a family.

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    South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the State Grand Jury today returned indictments against George W. Smolen of Anderson.

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    South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the State Grand Jury today returned indictments against Abbeville County Magistrate George Ferguson. He was charged with two (2) counts of Misconduct in Office.

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    The “Stay Safe Online” town hall meeting for parents, children, teachers and all concerned citizens will be held this Friday, April 26 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Meadow Glen Middle School, 440 Ginny Lane in Lexington, S.C. It is open to the public and news media.

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    Judge Lee Alford sentenced Cook to thirty (30) years on murder, which he will have to serve day for day for thirty (30) years. He also received twenty (20) years on the attempted armed robbery charge and five (5) years on the conspiracy charge, the maximum for each offense, to be served concurrently with the murder conviction.

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    Attorney General Alan Wilson issued a Cease and Desist Order against a USC-Upstate professor for offering unregistered securities related to a new private college start-up. Wilson issued an administrative order against Richard “Ric” Routh and Routh’s business, Invictus University. The Order was issued on March 22, 2013 and instructs Routh to “cease and desist” from violating the South Carolina Securities Act.

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