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.

Browning v. Baker et al., 9th Circuit, filed 9/20/17: HABEAS WIN on Brady claim, and Trial Counsel Ineffectiveness re: Investigation.

It’s always stunning to see a win on habeas, so they’re important to analyze.  This opinion has a very strong...

United States v. Antonio Walter and Kenneth Bell, 7th Circuit, filed 8/29/17: REVERSAL based on Brady Violation

You have to love an opinion that starts off like this:             The Supreme Court’s decision in Brady v. Maryland,...

State v. Trenton Malik Barnes, filed 8/16/17, South Carolina Court of Appeals: Serious Issues Can Arise When Co-defendants Are Tried Together.

This was a terrible crime, and it’s hard to believe that fact didn’t enter into the Court’s rulings to find...

United States v. Ayika, 5th Cir. filed 9/14/16: Asset Forfeiture When Monies, Legitimate and Illegitimate, are Commingled, When Can the Government Seize Substitute Assets?

Ayika was indicted for, and then convicted of heath care fraud. There were two cases against him. The first case,...

US v. Dupree, Lewis et al, 2nd Cir., filed August Term: Failure of Indictment to Allege Drug Quantity, Admissibility of Other Bad Act Evidence.

Not a very helpful case for defendants charged with serious drug trafficking conspiracies, but important to know nonetheless. This case...

US v. Griffith, Cir. D.C., filed August 18, 2017: Exceptionally Strong 4th Amendment Opinion; Great News for Privacy and Electronic Devices

This is an exceptional opinion on an issue of ever-expanding importance, the protections afforded to electronic devices while law enforcement...

Tanner v. Yukins, 6th Cir., filed 8/15/17: Habeas WIN on a sufficiency of the evidence claim.

I feel like I’ve seen a unicorn.  Wins like this are so extraordinarily rare that they’re definitely worth studying.   Initially,...

State v. Stanley Lamar Wrapp, S.C. Ct. App., filed 8/17/17: REVERSAL Due to Lack of Notice that Trial Would Be Held in Absentia

An excellent and fair opinion from the Court of Appeals on an issue that, for whatever reason, never goes away. ...

United States v. Chamberlain (4th Cir., 8/18/17) Fourth Circuit Abrogates Rule Allowing Forfeiture of Substitute Assets Pre-trial.

A very good and well-reasoned opinion on this important issue.  The full panel (en banc) abrogated its unique rule that...

Renwick Mose v. State of SC, SCSCt, filed 8/16/17: Equitable Tolling of Statute of Limitations for Inmates Who Rely on Prison Mail System

An excellent and eminently fair outcome in this South Carolina Supreme Court case, especially given the total wreck that is...