Solicitor Stone testifies before S.C. House on hate crimes

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Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone was back before a legislative panel considering criminal-justice reforms for South Carolina.

Stone traveled to Columbia to speak in person Wednesday with members of the Criminal Statutory Review Subcommittee of the S.C. House Equitable Justice System and Law Enforcement Reform Committee. The subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Weston Newton (R-Bluffton).

Stone was among 10 witnesses who spoke specifically about possible hate-crime legislation. Seventh Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette also spoke, and his remarks are also included in this video excerpt of the meeting.

Stone has put forth a plan for statewide criminal justice reform. Wednesday marked the second time he has spoken to the House of Representatives on this subject. He also appeared before the full committee in July.