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Tag Archives: solicitor

Too late (access required)

Remember when the South Carolina Supreme Court declared that the state’s solicitor-controlled criminal docket was unconstitutional. That happened in November 2012, when the court issued the Langford decision. Two years, nine months and a few weeks later, solicitors are still ...

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Criminal Practice – PCR – Constitutional – Effective Assistance – Prosecutor’s Summation – Jury Instructions (access required)

Sigmon v. State Even though, in his closing argument at appellant’s trial, the solicitor articulated why he chose to seek the death penalty, the solicitor did not equate his role with that of the jury. Furthermore, the closing argument as a whole emphasized the important role the jury played in determining the appropriate sentence. Trial counsel was not ineffective in failing to object to the state’s closing argument.

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