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.

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...

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...