Elizabeth Franklin-Best

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Elizabeth Franklin-Best, a criminal appellate lawyer seeking freedom for her clients.

United States v. Antonio Walter and Kenneth Bell, 7th Circuit, filed 8/29/17: REVERSAL based on Brady Violation

September 19th, 2017
Elizabeth Franklin-Best

You have to love an opinion that starts off like this:

            The Supreme Court's decision in Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963), might seem a bit strange to someone who thought that the adversary system in criminal cases allows each side to adopt a "no holds barred"

State v. Trenton Malik Barnes, filed 8/16/17, South Carolina Court of Appeals: Serious Issues Can Arise When Co-defendants Are Tried Together.

September 18th, 2017
Elizabeth Franklin-Best

This was a terrible crime, and it's hard to believe that fact didn't enter into the Court's rulings to find errors "harmless" in this case. The Court states that the evidence in this case was overwhelming as to Barnes's guilt and points to three pieces of evidence:  1) Barnes's letter to his mother confessing to the crime, 2) his mother's identification of him as the person wearing the gray sweatshirt in the surveillance video, and 3) the timeli

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