Sixth 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...

Can I Represent Myself in a SC Criminal Case?

Can I Represent Myself in a SC Criminal Case?

In most cases, you have the right to represent yourself in any court case including when you are charged with...

Are There Different Types of Criminal Defense Lawyers in SC?

Are There Different Types of Criminal Defense Lawyers in SC?

I came across an article that claimed to discuss the “different types of criminal defense lawyers.” I’m not sure what...

Lawyer Dogs and the Right to Counsel

Lawyer Dogs and the Right to Counsel

The Lousisiana Supreme Court held this week that a suspect who asked for a “lawyer dog” did not invoke his...

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,...

State v. Trapp – The Slow Erosion of the Confrontation Clause Continues

State v. Trapp – The Slow Erosion of the Confrontation Clause Continues

The S.C. Court of Appeals upheld a Newberry County conviction for trafficking crack cocaine last week and held that both...

Walker v. State – PCR granted where defense counsel failed to investigate alibi witness

Walker v. State – PCR granted where defense counsel failed to investigate alibi witness

In Walker v. State, decided March 19, 2014, the S.C. Supreme Court upheld the circuit court’s grant of post-conviction relief...

State v. Pradubsri – cross-examining the snitch as to charges, potential sentences, and plea-bargaining

State v. Pradubsri – cross-examining the snitch as to charges, potential sentences, and plea-bargaining

In State v. Pradubsri, decided May 1, 2013, the S.C. Court of Appeals re-affirmed that a defendant must be permitted...

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...

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...