Posts Tagged ‘directed verdict’

October 16th, 2013 | by jim-courtney-administrator

Many people think that if a person is on trial, they must have done it. They also think that if the state is going to the trouble of trying a case, they must have the goods on the defendant. These are false assumptions, and also opposite of what the legal system must assume when someone […]

May 22nd, 2013 | by jim-courtney-administrator

A directed verdict is a home run for a defense attorney. It means the defendant doesn’t even have to put on a defense to the charges, because the judge agrees there is not enough credible evidence to convict the defendant. I have been fortunate enough to win a directed verdict in a trial, but for […]

March 20th, 2013 | by jim-courtney-administrator

In a Court of Appeals case filed this week in South Carolina, there is a good discussion of why a defendant my be entitled to a directed verdict with regard to a particular charge. In this particular case, the defendant had been convicted of lynching, conspiracy, and pointing and presenting a firearm in York County. […]