Cone v. Bell

Cone v. Bell

In Cone v. Bell, released yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a death sentence based on Brady violations by the...

Dean v. United States

Dean v. United States

In another opinion finding against the defendant today, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Dean v. U.S., held that the mandatory...

Statements obtained illegally may be used for impeachment purposes

Statements obtained illegally may be used for impeachment purposes

In Kansas v. Ventris, released today, the United States Supreme Court held that, although a statement has been obtained in...

An eloquent guilty plea

An eloquent guilty plea

Earlier this week I was in a lower court in Horry County for several hours, waiting to enter a plea...

The Fourth Amendment lives

The Fourth Amendment lives

The Fourth Amendment has gotten its head above water for a gasp of fresh air with the United States Supreme...

Defendant’s mouth bound with duct tape during hearing

Defendant’s mouth bound with duct tape during hearing

Via Skelly at Arbitrary and Capricious, Judge Peter D. McDermott in Idaho ordered a mentally ill defendant gagged with duct...

Baptist minister beaten and tazed by border patrol

Baptist minister beaten and tazed by border patrol

Via Radley Balko, this video of a Baptist minister’s account of his beating at the hands of the border patrol...

Notice of trial

Notice of trial

This morning at 9:40 am I received an email from a prosecutor stating that one of my client’s case was...

South Carolina Courts bow to Patriot Act provisions

South Carolina Courts bow to Patriot Act provisions

In State v. Odom, at the trial level Judge Mark Hayes suppressed evidence which was obtained by use of a...

Waiver of right to counsel

Waiver of right to counsel

In State v. Robertson, decided on Tuesday, the S.C. Supreme Court essentially held that a defendant can waive his right...