Fifth Amendment

Texas State District Judge George Gallagher

Texas State District Judge George Gallagher

A convicted sex offender is getting a new trial because a Texas judge decided to go medieval on him during...

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

It honestly doesn’t feel like a happy 4th of July. It sometimes feels like our nation is sliding into chaos,...

Speak the truth or say nothing at all

Speak the truth or say nothing at all

Many criminal defense clients come to their lawyer with one of two problems – they talked to detectives before calling...

Scenes of a Crime – Review

Scenes of a Crime – Review

Scenes of a crime is a compelling documentary about the case of Adrian Thomas, who was convicted of killing his...

There is no “right to remain silent” – Salinas v. Texas

There is no “right to remain silent” – Salinas v. Texas

In Salinas v. Texas, decided today, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a suspect’s silence may be used against him...

S.C. Supreme Court holds that solicitor control of the docket is unconstitutional

S.C. Supreme Court holds that solicitor control of the docket is unconstitutional

In State v. Langford, released today, the S.C. Supreme Court held that Section 1-7-330 of the S.C. Code, which grants...

State v. Hoyle – Miranda does not require warning that you can stop answering questions

State v. Hoyle – Miranda does not require warning that you can stop answering questions

In State v. Hoyle, decided April 4, 2012, the S.C. Court of Appeals decided that there is no fifth prong...

State v. Dykes – lifetime GPS monitoring is unconstitutional

State v. Dykes – lifetime GPS monitoring is unconstitutional

In State v. Dykes, decided May 9, 2012, the South Carolina Supreme Court held that the imposition of lifetime GPS...

State v. Parker – when does mistrial result in double jeopardy

State v. Parker – when does mistrial result in double jeopardy

In State v. Parker, decided March 14, 2011, the S.C. Supreme Court held that where a prosecutor goads defense counsel...

Ex Parte Brown – Lawyer’s services are property subject to the protection of the Fifth Amendment

Ex Parte Brown – Lawyer’s services are property subject to the protection of the Fifth Amendment

In Ex Parte Brown, decided June 21, 2011, the S.C. Supreme Court has finally held that lawyers are entitled to...