Jury trials

An eloquent guilty plea

An eloquent guilty plea

Earlier this week I was in a lower court in Horry County for several hours, waiting to enter a plea...

Notice of trial

Notice of trial

This morning at 9:40 am I received an email from a prosecutor stating that one of my client’s case was...

Creative lawyering

Creative lawyering

Ria Ramkissoon, member of the One Mind Ministries cult charged with causing the starvation death of Ramkissoon’s son, pled guilty...

Impeachment by IPod

Impeachment by IPod

The standard method of impeachment by prior inconsistent statement is to have documents organized and tabbed, ready to impeach if...

S.C. judge rules that Texas hold’em is a game of skill not chance – then convicts the defendants anyway

S.C. judge rules that Texas hold’em is a game of skill not chance – then convicts the defendants anyway

Mount Pleasant Municipal Judge Larry Duffy ruled today that Texas hold ’em is a game of skill not chance, and...

The drowning man

The drowning man

In a murder trial that lasted all of last week, one of our themes was “the drowning man,” borrowed from...

Texas hold ’em – a game of chance or skill?

Texas hold ’em – a game of chance or skill?

Next month a Municipal judge in Charleston, S.C. is to decide whether playing Texas hold ’em poker is a crime...

DMV violates S.C. law on compiling jury lists

DMV violates S.C. law on compiling jury lists

Earlier this year, a law was passed requiring the S.C. DMV to provide jury lists to the municipal courts, compiled...

Jailhouse informants

Jailhouse informants

The integrity of our system of justice is being destroyed by the use of jailhouse snitches. When a prosecutor has...

the “CSI effect”

the “CSI effect”

The “CSI effect” is what prosecutors call it when jurors expect to see physical evidence in a trial that actually...