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      AG asks SC court to affirm authority

      South Carolina's top prosecutor is asking the state's highest court to affirm the authority of his office to prosecute criminal domestic violence cases in municipal and magistrate's courts throughout the state.

      Attorney General Alan Wilson says in a brief filed Friday with the South Carolina Supreme Court that the state constitution empowers his office to do just that.

      Earlier this year, a West Columbia municipal judge ruled that Wilson's office needs permission from the local court or a solicitor before prosecuting such cases.

      But Wilson says that's not the case. Wilson's office trains private attorneys to act as prosecutors in summary court-level CDV cases, and he says getting rid of that system would hamper South Carolina's justice system.