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Few federal cases actually go to trial

In fiscal year 2018, there were roughly 80,000 defendants from South Carolina and other states who were charged with federal crimes. Of those defendants, only 2% decided to take their cases to trial, and another 8% had their cases dismissed according to the Pew Research Center. That means that in 90% of cases, defendants chose to plead guilty instead of taking their cases to trial. Of those who chose to go to trial, only 320 were acquitted by a judge or a jury.

Parking lots can be home to unexpected dangers

When people park in a South Carolina lot, they may not expect to leave with an injury. However, parking lots can be surprisingly dangerous places, especially if they are poorly maintained by the property owner. Businesses have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for their employees, guests and customers. This includes working to make sure that the lot is safe. There are a number of issues that can affect people in parking lots; every year, there are over 50,000 car crashes that take place there. In addition, slip-and-fall accidents, criminal attacks and other incidents can also pose serious concerns.

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