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Criminal Practice — PCR – Ineffective Assistance – Plea Offer – Failure to Communicate – Prejudice (access required)

Bell v. State (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-120-14, 7 pp.) (Paul Short Jr., J.) Appealed from Richland County Circuit Court (James Barber III, J.) S.C. App. Holding: Even though the solicitor denied making a plea offer in respondent’s case, a note from the original defense attorney’s file indicated that the state had offered a 10-year sentence; however, ...

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