YORK, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors in a South Carolina county say they may bypass magistrates who dismiss domestic violence charges involving same-sex couples.
The Herald reports that at least six domestic violence cases involving same-sex defendants living together have been dismissed recently by York County magistrates for lack of probable cause, citing a South Carolina law that defines a couple in such cases as a “man and a woman.”
The state Supreme Court ruled that law unconstitutional in 2017, in a ruling upheld by the attorney general.
But in a hearing on Tuesday, public defender Jeff Zuschke argued that the Supreme Court ruling applies only to Family Court protection orders, not criminal cases.
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Prosecutor Jenny Desch says they may avoid magistrates in these cases and seek grand jury indictments instead.
Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldonline.com