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.

SCOTUS Case, Jail Suicide; Taylor v. Barkes, 575 U.S.__ (2015).

This is an interesting per curiam opinion by the United States Supreme Court addressing qualified immunity in the jail suicide...

Bowers v. McFadden (Great Post-Martinez Order!), 2015WL9294981

 For appellate wonks like me, some non-Christmas-y days can feel like Christmas!  Even when it’s raining outside, and almost 80...

Incredible Win! US v. Blue, No. 13-4069, No. 15-4153 (4th Cir. 2015)

You don’t see wins like this too often—reversals based insufficiency of the evidence!  Great work on the part of the...

Buffey v. Ballard, No. 14-0642, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Buffey v. Ballard, No. 14-0642, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

The West Virginia Supreme Court issued a very important opinion this last week, Buffey v. Ballard (filed November 10, 2015). ...

New SCOTUS case on Qualified Immunity.  Summary:  Not good.

New SCOTUS case on Qualified Immunity. Summary: Not good.

This case belongs in the Tough Cases Make Bad Law pile.  The decedent was passing through a fast food restaurant...

United States v. Slocumb, No. 14-4733 (Published Fourth Circuit, October 22, 1015)

An excellent case published by the Fourth Circuit today.  Authored by Judge Gregory, and joined by Judges Agee and Diaz,...

Racial Justice in Jury Selection, SCOTUS takes it on . . . again.

On November 2, 2015, the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Foster v. Chatman, 14-8349,...

Fourth Circuit Turns its Attention to Solitary Confinement . . . Good.

Fourth Circuit Turns its Attention to Solitary Confinement . . . Good.

Yesterday, the Fourth Circuit published its opinion in Incumaa v. Stirling, No. 14-6411.  Great work, Georgetown University Law Center, Appellate...

For Those Who Don’t Think Cops Lie . . .

For Those Who Don’t Think Cops Lie . . .

This deserves to be placed in the You Can’t Believe This Shit Happens file—Webb v. United States, 2015 WL3756919 (6th...

What NOT to post on Facebook a/k/a Raub v. Campbell, No. 14-1277 (4th Cir. 2015).

The 4th Circuit just this past week has published another qualified immunity (QI) case that addresses the protection afforded law...