A criminal charge was dropped Friday for an Upstate real estate developer who was accused of drugging and raping a woman at his home in 2017, his attorney said Friday.
“I hope this case serves as an important reminder – everyone in this country is innocent until proven guilty,” Debbie Barbier, one of McCall’s attorneys, said. “Mr. McCall fortunately had the resources financially and the wherewithal to go and discover what the truth was and take depositions out of state, and went through a lot of personal burden and expense. A lot of people aren’t able to do that, and that’s the scary part.”
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Deborah B. Barbier of Deborah B. Barbier. LLC in Columbia, South Carolina was recently inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) at their Mid-Year Meeting in Whitefish, MT, held in July 2019.
The International Academy of Trial Lawyers limits membership to 500 Fellows from the United States, and includes Fellows from nearly 40 countries across the globe. The Academy seeks out, identifies, acknowledges and honors those who have achieved a career of excellence through demonstrated skill and ability in jury trials, trials before the court and appellate practice. Members are engaged in civil practice on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s side of the courtroom, and the trial of criminal cases. The Academy invites only lawyers who have attained the highest level of advocacy. A comprehensive screening process identifies the most distinguished members of the trial bar by means of both peer and judicial review. Deborah Barbier has been evaluated by her colleagues and the judges in her jurisdiction and has been highly recommended by them as possessing these qualifications and characteristics.
Chartered in 1954, the Academy’s general purposes are to cultivate the science of jurisprudence, promote reforms in the law, facilitate the Administration of Justice, and elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.IATL Press Release-min
The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. The ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.
By participating in the Institute’s work, Ms. Barbier will have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas, to work with other eminent lawyers, judges, and academics, to give back to a profession to which she is deeply dedicated, and to contribute to the public good.
“I am delighted to be elected as a member of the American Law Institute to work with this remarkable group of lawyers, academics, and judicial officers,” said Barbier.
According to said ALI President David F. Levi, “[t]he American Law Institute is an active institution that depends on the talent, wisdom, and diverse perspectives of its members for its continued activity and excellence.”
All press inquiries should be made to Deborah Barbier (803) 730-6290.ALI press release-compressed