Indigent Defense

Directed verdict of acquittal in Charleston murder trial

Directed verdict of acquittal in Charleston murder trial

There is no one in our profession that I admire more than public defenders who fight for their clients, who...

S.C. Supreme Court holds that solicitor control of the docket is unconstitutional

S.C. Supreme Court holds that solicitor control of the docket is unconstitutional

In State v. Langford, released today, the S.C. Supreme Court held that Section 1-7-330 of the S.C. Code, which grants...

Commission on Indigent Defense runs out of money again

Commission on Indigent Defense runs out of money again

It sounds like a temporary issue through July, but the excess funds for the next month will have to come...

Luzerne County, Pennsylvania public defender files class action lawsuit over inadequate funding

Luzerne County, Pennsylvania public defender files class action lawsuit over inadequate funding

The Luzerne County chief public defender, Al Flora, Jr. has filed a class action lawsuit against the County asking for...

Crash the system

Crash the system

“The system of mass incarceration depends almost entirely on the cooperation of those it seeks to control.” A NY Times...

Observations at Preliminary hearings

Observations at Preliminary hearings

1) The Horry County Public Defenders Office waives all preliminary hearings, without regard to the client’s case or whether the...

Observations from a central jury court roster meeting

Observations from a central jury court roster meeting

Some observations from a roster meeting for Horry County Central Jury Court last week: – There are a whole lot...

Why shouldn’t magistrate or municipal courts follow the law?

Why shouldn’t magistrate or municipal courts follow the law?

Why shouldn’t they? And why shouldn’t defendants get a fair trial in the magistrate or the municipal court? There are...

Ex Parte Brown – Lawyer’s services are property subject to the protection of the Fifth Amendment

Ex Parte Brown – Lawyer’s services are property subject to the protection of the Fifth Amendment

In Ex Parte Brown, decided June 21, 2011, the S.C. Supreme Court has finally held that lawyers are entitled to...

Should public defender offices close their doors?

Should public defender offices close their doors?

The Post and Courier is reporting that the Berkeley County Public Defender’s Office is threatening to close its doors for...