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Change of venue gets OK

...Wise once his death penalty trial begins Jan. 22, a judge ordered Friday. In a pretrial hearing, Circuit Judge Thomas W. Cooper Jr. set the trial date and agreed with the prosecution's decision not to fight a defense motion for a change of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/10/21/met_301345.shtml
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Judge rules on early education

...a minimally adequate education because it does not sufficiently fund early childhood education. However, Judge Thomas W. Cooper Jr. also ruled that facilities in the eight rural districts are "safe and adequate" and that curriculum standards...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/12/30/met_37203.shtml
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Key players in the Wise trial

...found work after his release. He had worked at the Phelon plant five years before his termination. Presiding judge Thomas W. Cooper Jr. Will oversee the trial, rule on motions, objections and ultimately hand down any sentence. Judge Cooper, 59...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/01/21/met_307962.shtml
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12-year-old suit's costs hit $12 million

...sue South Carolina. The costs will continue to rise now that attorneys for rural schools have asked Circuit Judge Thomas W. Cooper Jr. to reconsider his Dec. 29 ruling, in which he said the state does meet its constitutional obligation to give...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/02/13/met_55528.shtml
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Across South Carolina

...20 million statewide to increase 4-year-old kindergarten programs and to address concerns raised in Judge Thomas W. Cooper Jr.'s ruling in the lawsuit that challenged the state's "minimally adequate education" standard for public schools...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/07/25/met_90128.shtml
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Across South Carolina

...witnesses. The trial, so far, has played out in 98 days over 14 months and now goes into recess while Circuit Judge Thomas W. Cooper Jr. looks to schedule testimony from several more plaintiff witnesses. Board asks to suspend doctor after deaths...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/10/03/met_430238.shtml
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Selection of jurors begins

...shootings at the R.E. Phelon Co. plant in Aiken that left four employees dead and three wounded. Circuit Judge Thomas W. Cooper Jr. moved jury selection to Beaufort, saying media coverage made it impossible to pick an impartial jury in Aiken...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/01/23/met_308269.shtml
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Senate, House to face tax reform

...gives counties more flexibility on how and when properties are reassessed. Meanwhile, more than a week after Judge Thomas W. Cooper Jr. ruled that the state must do more to educate low-income preschoolers, lawmakers are still struggling over what...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/01/08/met_40728.shtml
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Lawmakers say taxes expected to lead agenda

...education, could leave many legislators' pet projects short-handed. In the Dec. 29 decision, 3rd Circuit Judge Thomas W. Cooper Jr. ruled in the state's favor on other issues, including that the Legislature provides safe, adequate facilities...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/01/08/met_40726.shtml
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Workers recall day of terror at Phelon Co.

...with him in a cooking-spice bottle. He spent several days in the hospital. Earlier Saturday, Circuit Judge Thomas W. Cooper Jr. declared Mr. Wise competent to stand trial after a state psychiatrist said an examination revealed Mr. Wise...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/01/28/met_309204.shtml
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