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South Carolina AG wants reporter’s subpoena withdrawn in James Brown estate case

As a growing number of media outlets took notice of a subpoena issued by the state of South Carolina against freelance reporter Sue Summer over her coverage of “Godfather of Soul” James Brown’s estate, Attorney General Alan Wilson has issued a statement announcing his cancellation of the order which, in the context of recent proceedings, suggested an effort to silence a reporter and influence press coverage of an action that in…

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James Brown estate case reporter slapped with subpoenas (SC)

When the judges responsible for distributing the estate of the late musician James Brown started refusing freedom of information requests from the estate’s former trustees last year, a 60-year-old, semi-retired freelance reporter named Sue Summer wondered why. She started reporting on the squabbles over Brown’s estate for her local paper, the Newberry Observer, when she wasn’t caring for her granddaughter. In the year since her first story ran,…

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State-sponsored looting appears to continue in James Brown estate case (SC)

The “Godfather of Soul” James Brown’s estate continues in a series of troubling actions that only further solidify the scenario in which the state of South Carolina’s involvement appears as a hijacking.  The situation has reached a new level as Sue Summer, a freelance reporter for The Newberry Observer, has now been served with a far-reaching subpoena whose issuance and content strongly suggests an effort to silence her….

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Sue Summer on SC Supreme Court’s rejection of the James Brown estate hijacking (SC)

Sue Summer has a new piece S.C. Supreme Court Rejects AG Takeover of James Brown Estate over Watchdog Wire detailing the recent decision in which the South Carolina Supreme Court busted the current and former attorney generals’ conduct with regard to the Godfather of Soul’s estate. From the article: The S.C. Supreme Court has rejected a settlement deal forged by former Attorney General Henry McMaster in the estate of music legend Jam…

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Reporter fights to air diary of James Brown’s wife (SC)

NEWBERRY, S.C. — Sue Summer may seem at first glance an unlikely candidate to be involved in one of South Carolina’s most contentious press freedom cases in recent years. She writes for a small newspaper in this placid town of 10,000, hosts a local radio “Coffee Hour” and edits a magazine food section. In her spare time, she provides day care for her 4-year-old granddaughter and helps organize community events like the Newberry Ice Cream Churn-O…

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