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Myrtle Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer Lacey Thompson

Trial Theory
Castle Doctrine Immunity: Reasonable Fear v. Attacked

Castle Doctrine Immunity: Reasonable Fear v. Attacked

In State v. Scott, the S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the circuit court’s grant of immunity under S.C. Code Section...

When Junk Science Meets Jailhouse Snitches

When Junk Science Meets Jailhouse Snitches

Cameron Todd Willingham was executed by the State of Texas in 2004 for the arson-murder of his three children. The...

Police Shootings – Michael Slager Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

Police Shootings – Michael Slager Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager pled guilty in federal court last week. Slager, a white police officer, shot...

But for Video . . .

But for Video . . .

The good old days when a police officer could execute a person, provide a reasonable explanation, and walk away with...

Integrity and Mandatory Minimums

Integrity and Mandatory Minimums

Judges are generally prohibited by ethics rules from commenting publicly on cases that they preside over. In Nashville, Tn., we...

Criminal Profiler Testimony: Not Reliable, Relevant, or Admissible

Criminal Profiler Testimony: Not Reliable, Relevant, or Admissible

In State v. Huckabee, the S.C. Court of Appeals ruled that criminal profiler testimony is not relevant under Rule 401,...

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Racial Bias in the Jury Room – Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Racial Bias in the Jury Room – Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court, in Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado, announced “a constitutional rule that racial bias in the justice...

How Does Our Criminal Justice System Discriminate Today?

How Does Our Criminal Justice System Discriminate Today?

Racism is built into our criminal justice system.  It is systemic and present at all stages, including who is targeted...

History of Racism in America’s Courts

History of Racism in America’s Courts

The American court system was not designed to benefit any class or race of persons other than wealthy white citizens. ...

Buck v. Davis – Race Should Never be a Factor in Sentencing

Buck v. Davis – Race Should Never be a Factor in Sentencing

Buck v. Davis was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court today, holding that it was ineffective assistance of counsel for...