White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbia, SC

Elizabeth is an experienced white collar criminal defense lawyer in Columbia, SC including healthcare fraud, tax fraud, and insurance fraud.Read More »

Federal Criminal Appellate Attorney in Columbia, SC

Elizabeth is a state and federal criminal appeals attorney in Columbia, SC with extensive experience representing clients charged with white collar crime, drug crimes, and violent felonies in state and federal courts.Learn More »

Federal Habeas Corpus Attorney - 2255 Motions in Columbia, SC

Elizabeth handles federal habeas corpus matters including 2255 motions based on ineffective assistance of counsel and collateral attacks on state and federal court convictions.Learn More »

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

Elizabeth handles federal habeas review of state court convictions, asking the federal court to reverse state court convictions when the state court’s decision misapplied federal law.Learn More »

State and Federal Criminal Appellate Attorney

Elizabeth Franklin-Best is the owner of Elizabeth Franklin-Best, P.C., a boutique law firm that focuses on appellate and federal criminal defense matters.

She is also the Chairperson for 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 is on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  Elizabeth is also Of Counsel for the Charleston law firm of Adams & Bischoff.

Elizabeth Franklin-Best is a state and federal appeals 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.

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Elizabeth Franklin-Best Blog
buyer seller relationships computer crime wire fraud

When Can a Buyer-Seller Relationship Result in Criminal Liability? U.S. v. Bondars, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Filed January 10, 2020

In an unpublished opinion, the Fourth Circuit affirmed Bondars’ convictions for conspiracy under 18 U.S.C. § 371, conspiracy to commit wire fraud under 18 U.S.C. § 1349, and aiding and abetting computer intrusions under 18 U.S.C. §§ 1030(a)(5)(A) and 2, denying his claim that he was merely in a buyer-seller relationship with hackers and not ...

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qui tam and healthcare fraud

Qui Tam and Healthcare Fraud: U.S. Ex Rel. Michaels v. Agape, et al, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Filed February 14, 2017

Can you file a Qui Tam action if you are aware of healthcare fraud against the government? I’ve written previously about the False Claims Act – if you are aware of fraud against the government, you can file a “Qui Tam” action to recover the funds and keep a portion of the recovery as a ...

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aedpa justice denied brady violations

Long v. Hooks, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Filed January 8. 2020: How the Federal Courts Use the AEDPA to Deny Justice

How do federal courts use the AEDPA to deny justice? Ronnie Wallace Long has lived in prison for 43 years after a conviction for rape and burglary in 1976. 30 years after his conviction, he learned that the state of NC had a wealth of exculpatory information at the time of his trial that they ...

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Chesterfield County Man Granted a New Trial

MEDIA CONTACT: LaDonna Beeker, paralegal/marketing director, ladonna@franklinbestlaw.com, 803-445-1333 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chesterfield County man granted a new trial December 4, 2019 (Columbia, S.C.) ­– The Supreme Court of South Carolina granted Oscar Fortune a new trial today after an appeal was filed regarding improper statements made to the jury by the assistant solicitor during trial ...

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