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Criminal Defense

Nov 14, 2014

Little Debbie ruling not so sweet for state

It’s not quite the Twinkie defense, but a Little Debbie snack cake was at the heart of one Sumter County man’s appeal of his murder conviction. The South Carolina Court of Appeals on Nov. 5 unanimously reversed the conviction, in large part due to the confection central to his co-defendant’s confession. In January 2008, a […]

Jul 19, 2013

A failure to communicate? Criminal defense lawyers excluded from docket control talks

News that S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean H. Toal had been meeting with solicitors to discuss a new system for managing the state’s criminal trial docket – and that they were close to going public with a plan – hit some prominent members of the defense bar like a punch in the gut.

Aug 10, 2012

The view from the defense table

For decades, Raleigh lawyer Joe Cheshire has been one of North Carolina’s most successful and highest-profile criminal defense attorneys. He also has earned a reputation as one of the most respected lawyers in any field of practice. Lawyers Weekly writer David Donovan — until recently himself a practicing criminal defense lawyer — visited Cheshire in his Raleigh office to ask him to share hi[...]

Aug 3, 2012

Slap it on the wrist

The stodgier among us might scoff at the idea of advertising DUI and criminal defense legal services on those paper wristbands that are forced on patrons at bars and nightclubs. But Columbia lawyer Bubba Cromer appreciates a good gimmick. “There’s a glut of lawyers where I live and a lot of them spend tens of thousands of dollars a year on advertising,” he says. “I’m a solo and I don�[...]

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