Trial Theory Blog is a forum to discuss trial theory, creative trial preparation, life as a trial lawyer, criminal defense law and appellate opinions specific to South Carolina, and life in general.  The primary author is criminal defense lawyer Lacey Thompson in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but others have participated and may in the future.

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  • Is it coersion of Clerk of Court employees for a Chief Municipal Judge to block defendants from submitting filings, the judge preventing defendant’s star witness from subpeona, and preventing the accused from getting recordings of a previous hearing?

    Is our municipal court system designed to bolster the egos of the judges, or is it to dispense justice to the accused?

    Shouldn’t tickets be ‘perfected’? If the “Name of Court” on the ticket is the judge’s name instead of “(Name of City) Municipal Court, how is that perfected? Just because the judge gets angry because it’s HIS NAME in that box instead of the name of the court, doesn’t mean it should be valid, does it?

    If the Code Section Violation is wrong, and in this case clearly NOT a crime (Definition of Law Enforcement Officer instead of Resisting Arrest) and the defendant challenges the ticket, isn’t it the responsibility of the judge to set aside the charge or dismiss it?

    When it came down to it, the most important, and saddest, thing that I learned from the 1,000 plus hours of study for my case is that the truth is not welcome, or honored in our courts. Nor is there any way that a defendant will truly get a ‘fair’ trial under these conditions. With the blindfold on, Lady Liberty won’t see what is put on one side of the scales.

    There was a LOT more wrong with this case, but suffice it to say that there are ample reasons for citizens to not trust what is ultimately a broken justice system.

  • Have you reviewed this case US v. Timothy Da’Shaun Taylor 2:16 CR 480

    Obviously, the Constitution Means nothing to S.C. Federal Court
    Quotes from a recent article about this case.

    “Apparently, double jeopardy means nothing in the federal system,” Peper told us. “That said, we have no choice but to accept a plea offer wherein Mr. Taylor will be pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery for a negotiated sentence of between ten to twenty years in prison; for a crime that he’s already done his time on.”

    According to Taylor’s attorneys, he’s being punished for “what he doesn’t know.”

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