Indigent Defense

SC Class Action ACLU Lawsuit Over Right to Counsel Continues

SC Class Action ACLU Lawsuit Over Right to Counsel Continues

Last year, I wrote about the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s (NACDL) report that highlighted the denial of counsel...

Class Action Lawsuit Filed in SC for Right to Counsel

Class Action Lawsuit Filed in SC for Right to Counsel

The right to an attorney is perhaps one of the most well-known little tidbits about the American legal system, hammered...

Right to Counsel in SC Magistrate Courts

Right to Counsel in SC Magistrate Courts

In 2009, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) released a comprehensive report that detailed the systematic denial of...

Confederate Flags and Jury Service

Confederate Flags and Jury Service

Last week a potential juror in York County, S.C. caused a bit of buzz when she appeared for jury duty...

Brevard County Judge John Murphy

Brevard County Judge John Murphy

I saw this last month but, well, I’ve been away from the keyboard for a few months now.  The video...

Ex Parte Shurling – no prior approval, no attorney fees

Ex Parte Shurling – no prior approval, no attorney fees

In Ex Parte Shurling, decided April 9, 2014, the S.C. Supreme Court denied approximately $30,000.00 in attorney fees to two...

Happy Birthday Gideon

Happy Birthday Gideon

Tomorrow, March 18, marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, which guaranteed...

DUI defense

DUI defense

Yesterday I saw this article written by Adam Beam at The State, and could not let it pass without comment:...

Horry County preliminary hearings – denial of due process by the defense

Horry County preliminary hearings – denial of due process by the defense

Looking back, it seems like about once a year I write a blog post about how our local public defender...

Directed verdict of acquittal in Charleston murder trial

Directed verdict of acquittal in Charleston murder trial

There is no one in our profession that I admire more than public defenders who fight for their clients, who...