Oh, South Carolina

May 13th, 2014
Elizabeth Franklin-Best

It really isn't easy to win civil rights cases in South Carolina, and here's a good example of why.  Horton v. City of Columbia was decided just this past February 26, 2014 by our Court of Appeals.  Ms. Horton, who apparently lived up in Marlboro County, had the sad misfortune of having a fingerprint that looked similar, according to law enforcement, to one that was found on the exterior of a recently burglarized Roly Poly

Private Prison Health Facilities

May 11th, 2014
Elizabeth Franklin-Best


An interesting, but open question in the Fourth Circuit is whether a privately owned company, doing business with say, a detention center, can be subject to a civil

Tolan v. Cotton

May 10th, 2014
Elizabeth Franklin-Best

This past week SCOTUS issued the above decision which addresses the elementary legal issue of the standard for granting summary judgment in civil cases. The dissent makes exactly this point. Nothing new here, move along. But for those of us with summary judgments right around the corner, it comes as a pleasant surprise as it seems clear the Court is reminding lower courts not to toss these cases out of court. As the Court reaffirms, all of th

And in the beginning…

May 10th, 2014
Elizabeth Franklin-Best

... I started a blog.  I'm brand new at this, but committed to making the technology work for me and anyone who's interested in what I do. I'm a lawyer in South Carolina, and dedicated to capital, appellate, and civil rights litigation. So, let's see how this works out.




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