Sixth Amendment

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...

Why bother?

Why bother?

In Horry County, the public defender’s office refuses to appear at any preliminary hearings, and the magistrates refuse to allow...

Melendez-Diaz aquitted on retrial

Melendez-Diaz aquitted on retrial

Almost two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Melendez-Diaz that the right to confrontation required that a live...

State v. Anderson – authentication of fingerprint card does not require testimony of the person who took the fingerprints

State v. Anderson – authentication of fingerprint card does not require testimony of the person who took the fingerprints

In State v. Anderson, decided December 21st, the South Carolina Supreme Court held that authentication of a 10-print fingerprint card...

Montejo Part II

Montejo Part II

Prelude to Montejo Montejo Part I Montejo v. Louisiana, decided in May of this year, overruled Michigan v. Jackson, which...

Montejo Part I

Montejo Part I

Every criminal defense lawyer needs to read this opinion and consider what it means to our clients and to the...

Prelude to Montejo

Prelude to Montejo

I skimmed over Montejo v. Louisiana when it was released in May of this year, and did not take the...