Posts by Lacey Thompson

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Do Prosecutors Still Control the Docket in SC?

On November 21, 2012, the SC Supreme Court decided State v. Langford – a bombshell opinion that said SC Code...

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Criminal Justice Reform Bill – What is the First Step Act?

The US Senate voted to approve the First Step Act this week – a criminal justice reform bill that promises...

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Edward Lee Elmore Passes

I am very sad to hear that Edward Lee Elmore passed away this week. I couldn’t find any news articles...

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The Blue Wall of Silence – Officers on Trial for Cover Up in Laquan McDonald Murder

Last month, officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty by a Chicago jury of murdering Laquan McDonald – second-degree murder...

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Who’s Fighting the Wildfires in California? Slave Labor…

You’ve probably heard about the devastating wildfires in California – but, did you know that the government is using prison...

Can a Lawyer Win Every Case?

Can a Lawyer Win Every Case?

Every case can be won. But how? I’m not saying that I win every case, or that any lawyer wins...

On Being a Female Criminal Defense Lawyer in the #Metoo Age

On Being a Female Criminal Defense Lawyer in the #Metoo Age

I am female. I am a criminal defense lawyer. I am a female criminal defense lawyer who defends clients accused...

What is Mutual Combat in SC?

What is Mutual Combat in SC?

Mutual combat in SC can be a confusing subject – I’ve had people ask me several times, “is mutual combat...

Ridgeville Correctional Institute, Local Jails Not Being Evacuated for Hurricane Florence

Ridgeville Correctional Institute, Local Jails Not Being Evacuated for Hurricane Florence

We’ve known for the past week or so that a major hurricane was likely headed for the SC coast. When...

It’s Still a Crime to Feed the Homeless in Myrtle Beach – Is That Constitutional?

It’s Still a Crime to Feed the Homeless in Myrtle Beach – Is That Constitutional?

It seems to me that there is a clear divide nationwide between people who have the capacity for empathy and...