Elizabeth Franklin-Best

Criminal Appellate Attorney

Elizabeth Franklin-Best is a criminal appellate lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina whose practice is focused exclusively on criminal appeals in both state and federal courts.

U.S. v. Austin, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Filed October 29, 2018: When Can You Withdraw a Guilty Plea in Federal Court?

U.S. v. Austin, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Filed October 29, 2018: When Can You Withdraw a Guilty Plea in Federal Court?

When can you withdraw a guilty plea in federal court? On day five of his trial, Keith Austin pled guilty...

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US v. Walton, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Filed October 25, 2018: Mail Fraud and Preserving the Record

Marcel Walton, a “Grand Sheik” of the Moorish Science Temple of America in Chicago, pled guilty to mail fraud based...

U.S. v. Williams, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Filed September 4, 2018: Divided Loyalties and Conflict of Interest

Can an attorney represent two defendants who are charged in the same case? What if there is a conflict of...

U.S. v. Dixon, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; Filed August 24, 2018: What is a Conspiracy, Anyway?

In U.S. v. Dixon, the Eleventh Circuit denied a truckload of appellate issues for four defendants who were convicted of...

U.S. v. Bell, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Filed August 28, 2018: Miranda, 404(b), CIs, and Mandatory Minimums

In U.S. v. Bell, the Fourth Circuit affirmed a 40-year mandatory minimum sentence for possession with intent to distribute heroin...

Maslonka v. Hoffner, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Filed August 14, 2018: Absent Counsel is Not Ineffective Counsel

When you are charged with a crime, in state or federal court, you have the right to counsel – even...

U.S. v. Burfoot, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Filed August 8, 2018: How Bribery Charges Become Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

Earlier this month, the Fourth Circuit upheld a Norfolk City Council member’s convictions for wire fraud, extortion, conspiracy, and perjury....

State v. Otts, S.C. Court of Appeals, Filed June 17, 2018: The Best Offense is a Good Defense?

The best defense is a good offense. Wait, wait. I mean, the best offense is a good defense? In State...

U.S. v. Shepard, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Filed June 15, 2018: Re-Loading and the Vulnerable Victim Enhancement

In US v. Shepard, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the district court’s application of the “vulnerable victim sentencing...

State v. Brown, South Carolina Supreme Court, Filed June 13, 2018: No Search Warrant Necessary for an Abandoned Cell Phone

In State v. Brown, decided last week, the SC Supreme Court held that, when a burglar drops their cell phone...