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 that morning; cases where we would not accept pre-trial diversion or a plea, and insisted on a trial that morning.  Two officers took us up on our offer to try their cases.  One dismissed at the very last minute before jury selection.  The other picked a jury, started trial, gave an opening statement, took the stand, learned the hard way that you can’t prove a drug case without a chemist, and dismissed in the middle of trial.

Thanks again to Public Defender Revolution, for giving a name to “trial chicken” (and for this visual):


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