Notable Cases

“Stopping the Runaway Train—Getting Control of Child Sex Abuse Cases.”

On September 22, 2014, Charles Grose spoke at the 2014 South Carolina Public Defender Association Conference in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  His presentation focused on the rules and procedures for try child sex abuse cases in South Carolina.  

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Mother Acquitted in Homicide by Child Abuse Case

On December 11, 2013, the South Carolina Supreme Court decided State v. Hepburn, holding that the prosecution presented insufficient evidence to convict a mother of homicide by child abuse.  The Court directed a verdict of acquittal.  Hepburn presented important issues regarding the standard for directed verdict when the State jointly tries co-defendants.  Charles Grose represented […]

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Solicitor Docket Control Ended

Charles Grose represented the South Carolina Public Defender Association as an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, in the landmark case of State v. Langford that declared Solicitor Docket Control unconstitutional.   Under this unique practice, Solicitors could call cases to trial when it most advantaged the prosecution.  Relying on the Public Defender Association’s brief, the South Carolina Supreme […]

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Representation by Grose yields early parole eligibility for manslaughter defendant

Representing a defendant charged with fatally shooting his estranged, Mr. Grose successfully negotiated a plea deal that reduced the charge from murder to voluntary manslaughter then went on to convince the court to grant parole eligibility after serving only one-fourth of the defendant’s 22-year prison sentence. Mr. Grose argued on behalf of the defendant that […]

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Objection to excessive sentences yields reversed sentence and critical Supreme Court decision in favor of defendants’ rights

In 2007 Mr. Grose went to bat for a client when a South Carolina judge revoked his community supervision program (a form of parole) and ordered the client to serve additional prison time that totaled more than the client’s original sentence. Mr. Grose objected to the excessive prison term on grounds that the law behind […]

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Appeal leads to reversal of sex crime conviction

During the trial of a client charged with sexually abusing his 7-year-old daughter, criminal defense attorney Charles Grose objected to testimony from one of the prosecutors’ expert witnesses that improperly bolstered the credibility of the alleged victim. The trial judge allowed the testimony anyway and the client was convicted because of the improper testimony. Mr. […]

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Exonerated of Murder Charges

On multiple occasions during his criminal defense lawyer career, Charles Grose has been able to exonerate clients charged with murder.  These include: Dismissal of murder charges because the prosecutor could not prove Mr. Grose’s clients committed the crime. Dismissal of murder charges because Mr. Grose’s clients were defending themselves. In 1998, a jury found one […]

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