White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbia, SC

White collar criminal defense lawyer in Columbia, SC. Admitted to practice in SC, NY, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, SC District Court, and the United States Supreme Court.Read More »

Federal Criminal Appellate Attorney in Columbia, SC

State and federal criminal appeals attorney in Columbia, SC. Admitted to practice in SC, NY, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, SC District Court, and the United States Supreme Court.Learn More »

Federal Habeas Corpus Attorney - 2255 Motions in Columbia, SC

Federal habeas corpus attorney – 2255 motion in Columbia, SC. Admitted to practice in SC, NY, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, SC District Court, and the United States Supreme Court.Learn More »

Federal Habeas Review Attorney in Columbia, SC - State Court Convictions

Federal habeas review attorney in Columbia, SC – state court convictions. Admitted to practice in SC, NY, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, SC District Court, and the United States Supreme Court.Learn More »

State and Federal Criminal Appellate Attorney

Elizabeth Franklin-Best is a criminal appellate attorney in Columbia, SC who is licensed in:

  • South Carolina State Court;
  • New York State Court;
  • South Carolina District Court;
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals;
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals;
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals;
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; and
  • The United States Supreme Court.

Elizabeth accepts white collar criminal defense cases and state and federal criminal appellate cases including habeas corpus actions in the jurisdictions listed.

She is a partner in the law firm of Blume Franklin-Best & Young, LLC, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Justice 360, Vice-Chair of the Amicus Committee for the Fourth Circuit for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and serves on the White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA).

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State v. Daniel Hamrick, Op. No. 27886 (South Carolina Supreme Court, filed May 15, 2019) Just Because A Law Enforcement Officer Says He’s a Qualified Expert Doesn’t Make It So.

This is a very important opinion, and not just for this particular matter, but for the State’s attempted use of law enforcement “experts” going forward. The Supreme Court has taken the opportunity to clarify the conditions under which a law enforcement officer may be allowed to testify as an expert under SCRE, Rule 702.  Simply ...

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What’s the difference between criminal and civil asset forfeiture? If you are convicted of a crime in federal court, there is a good chance the government is also trying to take your property, whether it is with your consent in a plea agreement or against your will after a guilty verdict at trial. When can ...

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What is the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA)?

What is the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA)? The AEDPA, passed in 1996, placed new limits on federal habeas corpus that made it more difficult for many inmates to successfully bring habeas corpus actions: It imposed a one-year statute of limitations on habeas petitions; It required filers of second or successive habeas corpus ...

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What is Hobbs Act Extortion?

Hobbs Act extortion charges can be confusing for non-attorneys and for attorneys who don’t practice white collar criminal defense in the federal criminal courts. The Hobbs Act covers two categories of crime – it covers robberies when there is federal jurisdiction, but it also covers extortion which can include bribery by public officials. What is extortion under federal law, ...

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Federal Sentencing Guidelines Appeals

When most people think of a federal criminal appeal, they are thinking in terms of guilt or innocence – can I get my conviction overturned? Many appeals, however, are not appeals of the verdict at all – they are federal sentencing guidelines appeals where our job is to correct mistakes that the court made during the ...

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Problematic Jury Instructions, but No Harm No Foul, US v. Laurance H. Freed (7th Cir., 2019)

Mr. Laurance Freed got into some trouble trying to keep his rather costly real estate business in business. He did so by making material misrepresentations to bankers, lenders, and the City of Chicago.  And he did so repeatedly, it appears.  So much so that the Government ultimately tried and convicted him of bank fraud (18 U.S.C. §1344), ...

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