Law, science, and technology

When Is Brain Damage a Valid Defense?

When Is Brain Damage a Valid Defense?

In Winkler v. State, the S.C. Supreme Court reversed and remanded a capital murder defendant’s case so that his attorneys...

DOJ and FBI will review thousands of convictions for flawed forensic evidence

DOJ and FBI will review thousands of convictions for flawed forensic evidence

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Justice Department and FBI will review thousands of cases to determine whether...

the Real CSI

the Real CSI

It’s taken a few months for me to get around to watching this; but it is definitely worth watching for...

Cell phone tracking by police is now routine

Cell phone tracking by police is now routine

According to an article published yesterday in the NY Times citing thousands of documents obtained by the ACLU from 205...

The future of law enforcement

The future of law enforcement

Unmanned drones, currently used by the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq and on the borders with Mexico and Canada,...

The new age of internet sleuthing

The new age of internet sleuthing

I am still amazed by the internet and specifically Facebook, and I believe that it has changed our experience of...

Impeachment by IPod

Impeachment by IPod

The standard method of impeachment by prior inconsistent statement is to have documents organized and tabbed, ready to impeach if...

Clear error for trial judge to exclude testimony regarding Spect scan

Clear error for trial judge to exclude testimony regarding Spect scan

in State v. Mercer, the S.C. Supreme Court holds that it is “clear error” for the trial judge to exclude...

Time-keeping

Time-keeping

We use Defender Data for case management in our office, and it is nearly perfect for a criminal defense practice....

The danger of ever-expanding DNA databases

The danger of ever-expanding DNA databases

South Carolina recently passed a law which allows law enforcement to collect DNA samples from persons who have been arrested...