Tag Archives: right to counsel

July 2 2014 South Carolina Supreme Court published opinions

State v Wessinger The trail court found that Wessinger’s indecent exposure convictions were violent offenses for purposes of the sex offender civil commitment statute without holding a hearing with opportunity to cross examine witnesses. The Court affirmed holding that on … Continue reading

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February 25, 2014 United States Supreme Court opinions

Kayley v United States The government froze monies Kayley wanted to use to pay her attorney in a criminal matter. She sought to challenge the probable cause determination at hearing on her motion to release the funds. The district court … Continue reading

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Gideon at 50

On Friday, September 20th, the Charleston School of Law and the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense sponsored a symposium, Gideon at 50:  How Far We’ve Come, How Far to Go, at the Charleston Museum.   Celebrating the 50th anniversary of … Continue reading

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April 1, 2013 United States Supreme Court opinion

Marshall v Rodgers Rodgers asked to represent himself at trial and field a post trial motion for counsel to assist him with his new trial motion. He did not give any reasons in support for the motion. The trial court … Continue reading

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February 11, 2013 4th Circuit published opinion

United States v Holmes While Holmes was in jail awaiting trial on state murder charges, and after he had been assigned an attorney for those charges, he made statements about the crime to his cellmate. The cellmate communicated the statements … Continue reading

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February 4, 2013 4th Circuit published opinions

United States v Williamson Police had a coconspirator record a conversation with Williamson after Williamson was indicted but before he was arrested. The recording was entered into evidence at Williamson’s drug dealing trial. The original panel affirmed, but, the United … Continue reading

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March 21, 2012 United States Supreme Court opinions

Missouri v Frye Frye was arrested for driving without a license. As a fourth offense, it was charged as a felony. The prosecutor sent a formal plea offer with a deadline. Defense counsel did not let Frye know about the … Continue reading

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