Appellate Opinions

Regina McKnight released from prison

Regina McKnight released from prison

Regina McKnight, who was found guilty of homicide by child abuse in 2001 because cocaine was found in her system...

State v. Tindall – South Carolina Court of Appeals rejects Fourth Amendment in cocaine trafficking case

State v. Tindall – South Carolina Court of Appeals rejects Fourth Amendment in cocaine trafficking case

The Court of Appeals affirms Terry Tindall’s conviction for trafficking cocaine > 400g. Tindall was stopped by Deputy Dale Colegrove...

Caldwell and the problem with discovery violations

Caldwell and the problem with discovery violations

State v. Caldwell, decided by the South Carolina Court of Appeals last month, essentially reaffirmed that 1) it is OK...

Happy birthday Miranda

Happy birthday Miranda

June 13, 1966. From History.com: On this day in 1966, the Supreme Court hands down its decision in Miranda v....

Boumediene v. Bush – the United States Supreme Court holds that Gitmo detainees have rights after all

Boumediene v. Bush – the United States Supreme Court holds that Gitmo detainees have rights after all

Today the USSCT released Boumadiene v. Bush, holding that the detainees at Guantanamo have a constitutional right to habeas relief,...

Wiesart – 1996 amendment to sex offender registry statute is retroactive

Wiesart – 1996 amendment to sex offender registry statute is retroactive

In 1979, Wiesart was convicted of indecent exposure for skinny dipping in a pool with his girlfriend. As a result,...

McGrier – South Carolina community supervision statute held unconstitutional

McGrier – South Carolina community supervision statute held unconstitutional

Any person who is convicted of a “no parole offense” as defined in § 24-13-100 must complete community supervision upon...

Bolin’s implications on South Carolina’s minor in possession laws

Bolin’s implications on South Carolina’s minor in possession laws

The South Carolina Supreme Court issued its opinion today in State v. Bolin, and found that the underage possession of...

Regina McKnight’s case overturned on PCR

Regina McKnight’s case overturned on PCR

In 2001, Regina McKnight was found guilty of homicide by child abuse because cocaine was found in her system after...

USSCT will hear prosecutorial immunity case

USSCT will hear prosecutorial immunity case

The United States Supreme Court will decide Goldstein v. Van de Kamp, et. al., to determine whether top officials in...