Post Conviction Relief

Goins v. State – PCR; plea counsel was ineffective but SCSCT finds no prejudice

Goins v. State – PCR; plea counsel was ineffective but SCSCT finds no prejudice

In Goins v. State, an appeal from a PCR hearing decided May16, 2012, the S.C. Supreme court held that, although...

PCR – can the prosecutor withhold the audio/video of a drug transaction prior to trial

PCR – can the prosecutor withhold the audio/video of a drug transaction prior to trial

In Hyman v. State, decided March 14, 2012, the S.C. Supreme Court held that it is sufficient that the defendant’s...

Taking the long road home

Taking the long road home

Roger Bostick was charged with murder in Jasper County, S.C. in March 1999, and was convicted at trial in September...

Bailey v. State – PCR, state is bound by allegations in indictment

Bailey v. State – PCR, state is bound by allegations in indictment

In Bailey v. State, decided by the S.C. Supreme Court on May 9, 2011, the Court held that it was...

Guide to immigration consequences

Guide to immigration consequences

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation has put together a guide to immigration consequences in criminal cases....

PCR granted in Christopher Pittman’s case

PCR granted in Christopher Pittman’s case

Christopher Pittman, who was convicted in 2005 of the murders of his grandparents Joe and Joy Pittman, was granted post...

PCR – who are you protecting?

PCR – who are you protecting?

“Defense lawyers,” more often than not, go far out of their way to protect themselves and their reputation when they...

Defense lawyer must advise of immigration consequences

Defense lawyer must advise of immigration consequences

The SCOTUS decided Padilla v. Kentucky today, and held that a defense lawyer has a duty to advise a client...

2683 days

2683 days

That’s 7 years, 4 months, and 3 days. Two years and two months ago, I received a letter from an...

PCR – trafficking cocaine plea overturned

PCR – trafficking cocaine plea overturned

In Kolle v. State, released February 16, the S.C. Supreme Court upheld a grant of post conviction relief, overturning a...