Elizabeth Franklin-Best

Appellate lawyer

Elizabeth Franklin-Best, a criminal appellate lawyer seeking freedom for her clients.  Focused exclusively on criminal appeals in both state and federal courts.

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Private Prison Health Facilities

May 11th, 2014
Elizabeth Franklin-Best

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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.