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.

THE FOURTH AMENDMENT LIVES IN THE FOURTH CIRCUIT!

THE FOURTH AMENDMENT LIVES IN THE FOURTH CIRCUIT!

The Fourth Circuit issued an opinion at the end of January that is really remarkable.  And it’s remarkable because, in...

Goodwin v. Metts, 885 F.2d 157 (4th Cir. 1989), cert denied 494 U.S. 1081.

An oldie but goody! This case is notable for the simple reason that it’s out of Lexington County where these...

Victory for Truth and Justice!

Today the South Carolina Court of Appeals issued its fantastic opinion in State v. Kevin Tyrone Bennett (Appellate Case No....

District Attorney Behaving Badly

This past week the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Charlotte, NC federal judge who granted summary judgment to...

United States v. Garcia

Hot off the presses, a new 4th Circuit Court of Appeals case vacates and remands the convictions against “Donny” Garcia,...

Oh, South Carolina

It really isn’t easy to win civil rights cases in South Carolina, and here’s a good example of why.  Horton...

Private Prison Health Facilities

Private Prison Health Facilities

An interesting, but open question in the Fourth Circuit is whether a privately owned company, doing business with say, a...

Tolan v. Cotton

Tolan v. Cotton

This past week SCOTUS issued the above decision which addresses the elementary legal issue of the standard for granting summary...

And in the beginning…

And in the beginning…

… I started a blog.  I’m brand new at this, but committed to making the technology work for me and...