Category: Ethics

Facebook, Social Media, and Attorney Ethics

The scary Facebook news just keeps coming. We all have friends who are threatening to cancel their Facebook account in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. And now we learn that the social media company is tracking our phone calls and text messages. The company says the content of calls and messages is not [..]

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Police Officers Lie. Why Does it Matter?

People lie. Police officers are people. Therefore, police officers lie. It’s a simple exercise in logic, and it’s not in any way surprising. The first problem, of course, is that when cops lie, lives are destroyed. Innocent people go to jail. The public’s trust in the criminal justice system erodes and – as seems to [..]

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When God Tells the Judge that You are Not Guilty…

A judge in Texas interrupted deliberations to let a jury know that God wanted a not-guilty verdict. District Judge Jack Robison told jurors that the Creator of the Universe had told him to intervene on behalf of a woman accused of trafficking a teenage girl for sex. “When God tells me to do something, I [..]

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South Carolina Moped DUI Law

South Carolina’s governor signed a “moped DUI law” last month that should allow intoxicated persons to be charged with driving under the influence when they are operating a moped. The law does not go into effect until November 2018, 18 months after it was signed by the governor. Myrtle Beach, a city with 18 million [..]

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How to Fight the DMV and Win

The S.C. Court of Appeals decision in Davis v. SCDMV is the story of how an ordinary person can fight arbitrary, ridiculous decisions by the DMV and win. The DMV tried to revoke Davis’ license as a habitual traffic offender six years after his third conviction for DUS. Davis fought the revocation at an admin [..]

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Errors in South Carolina Crime Labs

An audit of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s (SLED) crime has revealed flawed examinations of gunshot residue samples over a period of a year and a half. The errors were found in 34 shooting cases in 13 different judicial districts and include samples tested in police officer Michael Slager’s North Charleston murder of unarmed [..]

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