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Myrtle Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer Lacey Thompson

Trial Theory
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...

North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act

North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act

What can be done to stop racial discrimination in jury selection, and, in general, to make our courts equal to...

Batson and How Prosecutors Still Exclude Non-White Jurors

Batson and How Prosecutors Still Exclude Non-White Jurors

Prosecutors believe that all-white juries are more likely to convict Black or Hispanic defendants, leading many to systematically remove all...

America’s History of Excluding Non-Whites From Juries

America’s History of Excluding Non-Whites From Juries

For centuries, African Americans and others of non-European descent in America have been struggling to secure for themselves the most...

Racism in the Courts – How Far Have We Come?

Racism in the Courts – How Far Have We Come?

How far have we really come in stamping out racism in our court system?  We have certainly made progress since...

Emmett Till “Victim” Recants 62 Years Later

Emmett Till “Victim” Recants 62 Years Later

In a book set to be published next week, “The Blood of Emmett Till,” Duke University Professor Timothy B. Dyson...