U.S. v. Ductan (Lawyers Weekly No. 15-01-0858, 32 pp.) (Per Curiam) No. 14-4220, Sept. 2, 2015; UDC at Charlotte, N.C. (Conrad, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: A trial court violated a drug defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to counsel when it found that defendant had ...Read More »
State v. Samuel (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-084-15, 5 pp.) (Thomas Huff, J.) Appealed from Orangeburg County Circuit Court (Diane Schafer Goodstein, J.) S.C. App. Holding: A pro se defendant assumes the responsibility of acting as an officer of the court; ...
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State v. Harris (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-100-15, 4 pp.) (Costa Pleicones, J.) Appealed from Oconee County Circuit Court (Alexander Macaulay, J.) On writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals. S.C. S. Ct. Holding: Nothing beyond communication with a minor ...
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U.S. v. Said (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-150-15, 42 pp.) (King, J.) No. 14-4413(L), Aug. 13, 2015; USDC at Norfolk, Va. (Jackson, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: The 4th Circuit upholds the Somali defendants’ convictions of piracy under 18 U.S.C. § 1651 ...Read More »
U.S. v. Fuertes (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-151-15, 33 pp.) (Davis, J.) No. 13-4755, Aug. 18, 2015; USDC at Baltimore, Md. (Quarles, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: The 4th Circuit upholds two defendants’ convictions arising from their roles in an enterprise engaged ...Read More »
Criminal Practice – Search & Seizure – Search Warrant Affidavit – Old & New Information – Firearm Possession
State v. Thompson (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-079-15, 19 pp.) (Thomas Huff, J.) (John Few, C.J., dissenting) Appealed from Spartanburg County Circuit Court (J. Derham Cole, J.) S.C. App. Holding: In the affidavit supporting a warrant to search defendant’s parents’ home, ...
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Criminal Practice – Constitutional – Ineffective Assistance – Involuntary Manslaughter – Struggle for a Gun
Wigington v. State (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-078-15, 9 pp.) (James Lockemy, J.) Appealed from Spartanburg County (Doyet Early III, Trial Judge & Roger Couch, Post-Conviction Relief Judge) S.C. App. Holding: Where petitioner testified that his gun went off while he ...Read More »
State v. Haygood (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-096-15, 3 pp.) (Per Curiam) Appealed from Orangeburg County Circuit Court (Edgar Dickson, J.) On writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals. Substituted opinion. S.C. S.Ct. Holding: The recording of the proceeding before ...
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