Jury trials

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...

Life in the courtroom

Life in the courtroom

Courtrooms are dead, lifeless places, as Spence often complains in his books.  It is the truth – there are no...

Music in trial

Music in trial

Music can be a powerful tool – in trial preparation and, when appropriate, in trial as well.  For many cases,...

Pottawatamie County civil rights trial – “if they can do it to the least of us they can do it to anybody”

Pottawatamie County civil rights trial – “if they can do it to the least of us they can do it to anybody”

Gerry Spence is back in the courtroom, trying a civil rights case against two Pottawatamie County police investigators who were...

Trial junkies and plea junkies

Trial junkies and plea junkies

Matt Brown in Arizona and Scott Greenfield in NY discuss trial and plea lawyers: some lawyers thrive on the adrenaline...

Judge shopping and docket control

Judge shopping and docket control

Matt Brown writes about how Arizona prosecutors abuse their ability to choose which judge they appear in front of –...

D.C. defense lawyer convicted of fabricating evidence

D.C. defense lawyer convicted of fabricating evidence

D.C. criminal defense lawyer Charles Daum was convicted at a bench trial on Friday of charges related to manufacturing evidence...

Trial Chicken – a day in the life

Trial Chicken – a day in the life

Last week was a term of court for Horry County Central Jury Court – on Thursday, six cases were dismissed...

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...

Jury selection in magistrate court

Jury selection in magistrate court

In State v. Johnson, decided January 4, 2012, the S.C. Court of Appeals held that section 22-2-90 of the South...