South Carolina Supreme Court Decisions 2015

MO-074 - Golson v. State
Date: December 23, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
State v. Larmand
Date: December 23, 2015
Docket Number: 27562
Grimsley v. SLED  
Date: December 23, 2015
Docket Number: 27598

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondents were former South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents who retired and were rehired by then SLED Chief Robert Stewart for a period of four years pursuant to a rehire program formulated by Chief Ste...

State v. Drayton
Date: December 23, 2015
Docket Number: 27599
MO-072 - Rest Assured v. SCDEW
Date: December 9, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Cook v. South Carolina  
Date: December 9, 2015
Docket Number: 27596

Justia Opinion Summary: A grand jury indicted Clarence Kendall Cook for murder, unlawful possession of a pistol, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. After a jury trial, Cook was convicted of voluntary manslaught...

Mack v. Lott
Date: December 9, 2015
Docket Number: 27597
MO-067 - State v. Johnson
Date: December 2, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Bass v. SCDSS  
Date: December 2, 2015
Docket Number: 27593

Justia Opinion Summary: Diane and Otis Bass had three children: Brittany, Hanna, and Alex. All three children were special needs, but Hanna and Alex were also autistic. Otis worked outside the home, and Diane cared for the children. Due to thei...

Lawing v. Univar  
Date: December 2, 2015
Docket Number: 27594

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the packaging and labeling of sodium bromate, a chemical which contributed to a fire that occurred in a plant owned by Engelhard Corporation in June 2004. At the time of the fire, Scott Lawing w...

State v. Gore
Date: December 2, 2015
Docket Number: 27595
In the Matter of Richard J. Breibart
Date: November 25, 2015
Docket Number: 27592
MO-066 - Smith v. State
Date: November 18, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Beckman v Sysco
Date: November 18, 2015
Docket Number: 27590
State v. Johnson
Date: November 18, 2015
Docket Number: 27591
Fore v. Griffco
Date: November 12, 2015
Docket Number: 27588
In the Matter of Stephen Edward Carter
Date: November 12, 2015
Docket Number: 27589
MO-064 - Place on the Greene v. W.G.R.Q.
Date: November 4, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Wachesaw Plantation v. Alexander  
Date: November 4, 2015
Docket Number: 27585

Justia Opinion Summary: This action arose out of the foreclosure of a lien for delinquent homeowner association fees. Todd Alexander did not appeal the foreclosure; however, he moved to vacate the resulting sale. Alexander's motion to vacate th...

Freeman v. J.L.H. Investments  
Date: November 4, 2015
Docket Number: 27586

Justia Opinion Summary: Julie Freeman, individually and on behalf of over five-thousand similarly situated car buyers, filed a lawsuit against J.L.H. Investments, LP, a/k/a Hendrick Honda of Easley ("Hendrick"), seeking damages under the South...

Stephens v. CSX Transportation  
Date: November 4, 2015
Docket Number: 27587

Justia Opinion Summary: This negligence action arose out of a collision involving a train and an automobile at a railroad crossing. Petitioner Willie Stephens, as Guardian ad Litem for his minor granddaughter who suffered a traumatic brain inju...

MO-063 - Henderson v. State
Date: October 28, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Walker v. Brooks  
Date: October 28, 2015
Docket Number: 27583

Justia Opinion Summary: In this familial dispute over property, it was uncontradicted that the decedent Kenneth Walker deeded to his sister, Catherine Brooks, approximately forty acres of property in two separate transfers before his death. The...

Hudson v. Hudson
Date: October 28, 2015
Docket Number: 27584
MO-060 - DeLeon v. State
Date: October 14, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Wilds v. State
Date: October 14, 2015
Docket Number: 27581
In the Matter of Douglas M. Schmidt
Date: October 14, 2015
Docket Number: 27582
Moore v. Moore  
Date: October 7, 2015
Docket Number: 27579

Justia Opinion Summary: This case went before the South Carolina Supreme Court on cross-appeals from Whitney Moore (Wife) and Arthur Moore, III, (Husband) of an order of the family court valuing and dividing the parties' closely held business,...

Proctor v. Whitlark & Whitlark  
Date: October 7, 2015
Docket Number: 27580

Justia Opinion Summary: Lauren Proctor and Trans-Union National Title Insurance Company brought this action against Whitlark & Whitlark, Inc., d/b/a Rockaways Athletic Club ("Rockaways") and Pizza Man, Forrest Whitlark, Paul Whitlark, Charlie E...

MO-054 - Magnolia North v. Heritage Communities
Date: September 30, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
In the Matter of Zachary Steven Naert
Date: September 30, 2015
Docket Number: 27574
Riley v. Ford Motor Co.  
Date: September 30, 2015
Docket Number: 27575

Justia Opinion Summary: This products liability action arose following the death of Benjamin Riley, who was killed in a motor vehicle accident involving a negligently designed door-latch system in his 1998 Ford F-150 pickup truck. Petitioner La...

Deerfield Plantation v. SCDHEC  
Date: September 30, 2015
Docket Number: 27576

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Deerfield Plantation Phase II B Property Homeowners Association appealed an Administrative Law Court's (ALC) decision affirming Respondent South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's (DHEC)...

Magnolia North v. Heritage Communities
Date: September 30, 2015
Docket Number: 27577
Pope v. Heritage Communities
Date: September 30, 2015
Docket Number: 27578
In the Matter of Christopher Gerald Harper
Date: September 9, 2015
Docket Number: 27570
South Carolina v. Scott  
Date: September 9, 2015
Docket Number: 27571

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Antonio Scott was convicted of murder. He argued on appeal of that conviction that the appellate court erred in finding that the evidence did not support a jury instruction on involuntary manslaughter. The app...

Stokes-Craven Holding Corp. v. Robinson  
Date: September 9, 2015
Docket Number: 27572

Justia Opinion Summary: Stokes-Craven Holding Corporation d/b/a Stokes-Craven Ford ("Stokes-Craven") appealed a circuit court order granting summary judgment in favor of Scott Robinson and his law firm, Johnson, McKenzie & Robinson, L.L.C., (co...

Azar v. City of Columbia  
Date: September 9, 2015
Docket Number: 27573

Justia Opinion Summary: For more than a decade, the City of Columbia has been allocating substantial amounts of revenue generated from user fees for water and sewer services to its General Fund and for economic development purposes. Appellants...

MO-53 - Hammer v. Hammer
Date: September 4, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Cunningham v. Anderson County  
Date: September 2, 2015
Docket Number: 27568

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Cunningham was terminated from his position as the county administrator for Anderson County. Cunningham brought this action alleging breach of contract, wrongful discharge, and violation of the Payment of Wages A...

South Carolina v. Reaves  
Date: September 2, 2015
Docket Number: 27569

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Shawn Reaves was convicted of voluntary manslaughter after the shooting death of Keshawn Applewhite. He argued on appeal that deficiencies in the police investigation (including the loss of potentially exculpa...

MO-048 - Sherman v. State
Date: August 26, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
In the Matter of Thomas Ryan Phillips
Date: August 26, 2015
Docket Number: 27566
McKinney v. Pedery  
Date: August 26, 2015
Docket Number: 27567

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Frank Pedery argued the court of appeals erred in affirming the family court's termination of Respondent Bonnie McKinney's alimony obligation to him and the family court's failure to award Pedery attorney's fe...

State v. Harris
Date: August 19, 2015
Docket Number: 27564
South Carolina v. Johnson  
Date: August 19, 2015
Docket Number: 27565

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, respondent Brittany Johnson was arrested in Darlington County by United States Marshals for the shooting death of Monica Burroughs. At trial, the State sought to introduce a videotaped recording of the police's...

MO-047 - Pavilion Development v. Nexsen Pruet
Date: August 12, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
In the Matter of Robert Andrew Hedesh
Date: August 12, 2015
Docket Number: 27559
State v. Haygood
Date: August 12, 2015
Docket Number: 27560
Sims v. Amisub of SC  
Date: August 12, 2015
Docket Number: 27561

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, Kristy Orlowski, who was twenty-two years old and thirty-six weeks pregnant, was found unresponsive in her home by a family member. Less than twenty-four hours earlier, Orlowski had been seen by her prenatal car...

South Carolina v. Larmand  
Date: August 12, 2015
Docket Number: 27562

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent and his wife (collectively, the Larmands) owned a branch of "Pop-A-Lock," a national locksmith franchise company. Ryan Lochbaum worked at the Larmands' branch of Pop-A-Lock for several years until he was fired...

Columbia Venture v. Richland County  
Date: August 12, 2015
Docket Number: 27563

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Columbia Venture, LLC, purchased approximately 4500 acres of land along the eastern bank of the Congaree River in Richland County, intending to develop the property. Columbia Venture knew at the time of the pur...

MO-046 - Milton v. Richland County
Date: August 5, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
South Carolina v. Gordon  
Date: August 5, 2015
Docket Number: 27554

Justia Opinion Summary: In October 2011, respondent Cody Gordon was stopped at a license and registration checkpoint by a South Carolina Highway Patrol Officer. The officer administered several field sobriety tests. The test at issue in this ca...

Regions Bank v. Strawn  
Date: August 5, 2015
Docket Number: 27555

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, Marie Borchers purchased the home at the heart of this controversy from Cammie Strawn. Cammie acquired the home, by deed, from her then-husband, Richard Strawn. Richard Strawn had previously given a mortgage to...

Brown v. Dick Smith Nissan  
Date: August 5, 2015
Docket Number: 27556

Justia Opinion Summary: Latoya Brown purchased a Mazda 6 from Dick Smith Nissan, Inc. through the dealer's salesman, Robert Hiller. The purchase was contingent on acquiring third-party financing. Due to continuing and unresolved issues with fin...

Chestnut v. AVX Corporation  
Date: August 5, 2015
Docket Number: 27557

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent AVX Corporation manufactured electronic parts at a plant in North Myrtle Beach. In 1980, respondent began using a chemical called trichloroethylene (TCE) as a degreaser to clean machine tools and parts. At som...

South Carolina v. Anderson  
Date: August 5, 2015
Docket Number: 27558

Justia Opinion Summary: The minor lived with Appellant and her mother for approximately six years from the time she was five years old until she was eleven. Appellant and the child had a close relationship, even as her mother's and Appellant's...

MO-044 - Brown v. State
Date: July 29, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
South Carolina v. Broadnax  
Date: July 29, 2015
Docket Number: 27545

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed the court of appeals' decision to reverse respondent Christopher Broadnax's convictions for armed robbery and kidnapping, and remanding for a new trial. During his testimony, respondent denied any invo...

Smith v. State
Date: July 29, 2015
Docket Number: 27551
South Carolina v. Palmer  
Date: July 29, 2015
Docket Number: 27552

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners Julia Gorman and Robert Palmer were tried jointly for the death of Gorman's seventeen month-old grandson. Palmer and Gorman, who lived together but were not married, were each convicted of homicide by child a...

Johnson v. Alexander  
Date: July 29, 2015
Docket Number: 27553

Justia Opinion Summary: Amber Johnson filed suit against her closing attorney, Stanley Alexander, arguing he breached his duty of care by failing to discover the house Johnson purchased had been sold at a tax sale the previous year. The trial c...

In the Matter of Fred W. Auman, III
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: 27549
In the Matter of Sara Jayne Rogers
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: 27550
MO-043 - Smiley v. State
Date: July 22, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Jayroe v. Newberry County  
Date: July 22, 2015
Docket Number: 27548

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, formerly the part-time Chief Magistrate of Newberry County, brought this action in the South Carolina Supreme Court's original jurisdiction to determine whether defendants Newberry County and Wayne Adams, Coun...

MO-041 - State v. Gilliard
Date: July 15, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Skipper v. ACE Property  
Date: July 15, 2015
Docket Number: 27547

Justia Opinion Summary: Georgia citizen George Skipper was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a logging truck that was driven by Harold Moors and owned by Specialty Logging, LLC. Specialty had a commercial automobile insurance policy wit...

South Carolina v. Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Date: July 8, 2015
Docket Number: 27502
In the Matter of James R. Jones, II
Date: July 8, 2015
Docket Number: 27544
South Carolina v. Broadnax  
Date: July 8, 2015
Docket Number: 27545

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of South Carolina appealed the Court of Appeals' decision reversing respondent Christopher Broadnax's convictions for armed robbery and kidnapping, and remanding for a new trial. The State argued: (1) the appel...

South Carolina v. Counts  
Date: July 8, 2015
Docket Number: 27546

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Rushan Counts was convicted of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, third offense. On appeal, he argued the circuit court judge erred in denying his motion to suppress evidence that was found at his...

South Carolina v. Jenkins  
Date: July 1, 2015
Docket Number: 27537

Justia Opinion Summary: During her commute to work, H.M., the victim, frequently passed by a local grocery store and casually greeted the people loitering outside, many of whom lived in the area and often gathered there. Although the victim did...

South Carolina v. Barnes  
Date: July 1, 2015
Docket Number: 27538

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Steven Barnes' first capital conviction and sentence were reversed on appeal because he was denied his constitutional right to represent himself at trial. In that first case, the South Carolina Supreme Court d...

State v. Scott
Date: July 1, 2015
Docket Number: 27539
Horton v. City of Columbia
Date: July 1, 2015
Docket Number: 27540
South Carolina v. Henkel  
Date: July 1, 2015
Docket Number: 27541

Justia Opinion Summary: A witness observed a vehicle being driven erratically on I-385 and ultimately wrecking. Police responded to the wreck and organized a search after learning from a witness that the driver had fled the scene. Officers were...

Rivera v. Newton
Date: July 1, 2015
Docket Number: 27542
In the Matter of the Care & Treatment of Christopher Taft  
Date: July 1, 2015
Docket Number: 27543

Justia Opinion Summary: Christopher Taft was found to be a sexually violent predator and was committed to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. He now argues the trial court should have granted his motion for directed verdict because...

MO-037 - Mickell v. State
Date: June 24, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
In the Matter of Kenneth Gary Cooper
Date: June 24, 2015
Docket Number: 27534
In the Matter of Paul Clarendon Ballou
Date: June 24, 2015
Docket Number: 27535
In the Matter James Marshall Biddle
Date: June 24, 2015
Docket Number: 27536
MO-035 - State v. McMillan
Date: June 17, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Donohue v. City of North Augusta  
Date: June 17, 2015
Docket Number: 27530

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue before the Supreme Court in this case was a circuit court's order upholding the validity of an ordinance amending respondent City of North Augusta's 1996 Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) ordinance, and a f...

Sanders v. South Carolina  
Date: June 17, 2015
Docket Number: 27531

Justia Opinion Summary: In exchange for the State's promise not to seek the death penalty on three charges of murder, Anthony Sanders consented to a bench trial and waived his right to any appellate, post-conviction, or habeas corpus review. He...

Morrow v. Fundamental Long-Term Care  
Date: June 17, 2015
Docket Number: 27532

Justia Opinion Summary: Lawrence and Evelyn Morrow filed a lawsuit against THI of South Carolina at Magnolia Place at Spartanburg, LLC (Magnolia Place) alleging personal injuries to Lawrence as a resident. The Morrows alleged that due to Magnol...

In the Matter of Steven Robert Lapham
Date: June 17, 2015
Docket Number: 27533
MO-031 - Pope v. Brown
Date: June 10, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
South Carolina v. Niles  
Date: June 10, 2015
Docket Number: 27510

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Richard Niles, Jr. was convicted of murder, armed robbery, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Respondent, his girlfriend and Ervin Moore met the victim, James Salter, in a sto...

MicroClean v. Envirofix
Date: June 10, 2015
Docket Number: 27526
Livingston v. Livingston
Date: June 10, 2015
Docket Number: 27527
South Carolina v. Simms  
Date: June 10, 2015
Docket Number: 27528

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from the death of Martin Gasque after a 2010 University of South Carolina football game against the University of Alabama. Both Appellant Curtis Simms and the victim tailgated near the stadium during the...

In the Matter of Daniel A. Beck
Date: June 10, 2015
Docket Number: 27529
MO-030 - Marshall v. Marshall
Date: June 3, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
South Carolina v. Bruce  
Date: May 27, 2015
Docket Number: 27525

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner-respondent Roger Bruce was convicted of murder for the death of his girlfriend Laura Creel. Police performed a welfare check on the home Bruce and Creel shared. Bruce allowed the officers inside. Finding nothi...

MO-026 - Hollingsworth v. State
Date: May 13, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
In the Matter of Max Singleton
Date: May 13, 2015
Docket Number: 27521
Centennial Casualty v. Western Surety Co.  
Date: May 13, 2015
Docket Number: 27522

Justia Opinion Summary: Charleston Auto Auction (Charleston Auto) is a wholesale auctioneer of automobiles. In 2008, an automobile dealer, A3 Auto Center (A3), sought to purchase three automobiles from other car dealerships (Sellers) and use Ch...

In the Matter of Kay Paschal
Date: May 13, 2015
Docket Number: 27523
In the Matter of Douglas Francis Gay
Date: May 13, 2015
Docket Number: 27524
MO-025 - Washington v. Stewart
Date: May 6, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Bundy v. Shirley  
Date: May 6, 2015
Docket Number: 27520

Justia Opinion Summary: W. H. Bundy, Jr. sought a determination of whether Bobby Brent Shirley established a prescriptive easement over a road on rural property owned by Bundy. The special referee found Shirley was entitled to the easement. The...

MO-023 - Kendall v. State
Date: April 29, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Collins v. Seko Charlotte  
Date: April 29, 2015
Docket Number: 27519

Justia Opinion Summary: Gregory Collins worked for West Expedited & Delivery Service, Incorporated, and was killed in an automobile collision while returning to South Carolina after making a delivery in Wisconsin for Seko Charlotte. West Expedi...

MO-021 - Edward D. v. Baby Girl B.
Date: April 23, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
South Carolina v. McDonald  
Date: April 22, 2015
Docket Number: 27515

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Derrick McDonald and two codefendants were convicted of murder and first-degree burglary. The court of appeals affirmed, rejecting McDonald's argument that his Confrontation Clause rights were violated when th...

Rhame v. Charleston County School District  
Date: April 22, 2015
Docket Number: 27516

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Ricky Rhame filed a claim for workers' compensation benefits. The single commissioner found the claim compensable. Respondent Charleston County School District sought review, and the matter was heard by an App...

South Carolina v. Odom  
Date: April 22, 2015
Docket Number: 27517

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Anthony Odom appealed his conviction for criminal solicitation of a minor. Appellant's conviction stemmed from a series of internet chat sessions with an undercover Westminster, South Carolina, city police offi...

In the Matter of William Joseph Cutchin
Date: April 22, 2015
Docket Number: 27518
MO-017 - Henderson v. State
Date: April 15, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Workman v. South Carolina  
Date: April 15, 2015
Docket Number: 27514

Justia Opinion Summary: In a joint trial, petitioner Kenneth Workman and codefendant Oshawn Robinson were convicted of assault and battery, conspiracy, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and armed robbery. After pe...

MO-016 - McCall v. State
Date: April 8, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Colonna v. Marlboro Park Hospital
Date: April 8, 2015
Docket Number: 27513
State v. Dial
Date: April 1, 2015
Docket Number: 27512
MO-013 - Gottschlich v. Strimpfel Custom Homes
Date: March 25, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
South Carolina v. Niles  
Date: March 25, 2015
Docket Number: 27510

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stemmed from the shooting death of James Salter (the victim) in a Best Buy parking lot in Myrtle Beach. It was undisputed that defendant Richard Niles, Jr., his fiancé, Mokeia Hammond, and Ervin Moore met the v...

State v. Lewis
Date: March 25, 2015
Docket Number: 27511
MO-011 - State v. Wright
Date: March 18, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Dreher v. So. Carolina Dept. of Health & Env. Control  
Date: March 18, 2015
Docket Number: 27507

Justia Opinion Summary: In January 1994, Respondent purchased two parcels of property located on Folly Island, South Carolina: 806 East Cooper Avenue, and Tract D. These lots were previously a contiguous tract of high ground property in which t...

The Spriggs Group v. Slivka
Date: March 18, 2015
Docket Number: 27508
Lewis v. L.B. Dynasty  
Date: March 18, 2015
Docket Number: 27509

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner LeAndra Lewis was injured by an errant bullet at Studio 54 Boom Boom Room while she was working as an exotic dancer. The question this case presented for the Supreme Court's review was whether she was an emplo...

Mitchell v. City of Greenville
Date: March 12, 2015
Docket Number: 27506
In the Matter of Marvin Lee Robertson
Date: March 11, 2015
Docket Number: 27505
MO-008 - Peake v. State
Date: March 4, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Allen v. SC Public Employee Benefit Authority  
Date: March 4, 2015
Docket Number: 27504

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jeffrey Allen, on behalf of his daughter, appealed the Administrative Law Court's (ALC) order affirming the Appeals Committee of the South Carolina Budget and Control Board Employee Insurance Program's (EIP App...

MO-007 - State v. Portillo
Date: February 25, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
State v. Samuel
Date: February 25, 2015
Docket Number: 27498
Independence National Bank v. Buncombe Professional Park  
Date: February 25, 2015
Docket Number: 27499

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent David DeCarlis was the sole member of respondent Buncombe Professional Park, L.L.C., which owned an undeveloped parcel of land. In 2007, DeCarlis, as Buncombe's representative, executed a note and mortgage wit...

In the Matter of Edwin Donald Givens
Date: February 25, 2015
Docket Number: 27500
In the Matter of Toni Lee Tack Pennington
Date: February 25, 2015
Docket Number: 27501
South Carolina v. Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals  
Date: February 25, 2015
Docket Number: 27502

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Janssen) manufactured the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The Attorney General of South Carolina believed that Janssen had violated the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices...

In the Matter of Mark Andrew Brunty
Date: February 25, 2015
Docket Number: 27503
MO-005 - State v. Haygood
Date: February 11, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
In the Matter of Joel Thomas Broome
Date: February 11, 2015
Docket Number: 27492
In the Matter of Tammie Lynn Hoffman
Date: February 11, 2015
Docket Number: 27493
In the Matter of Edward Earl Gilbert
Date: February 11, 2015
Docket Number: 27494
In the Matter of John Brooks Reitzel
Date: February 11, 2015
Docket Number: 27495
Curiel v. Hampton County EMS
Date: February 11, 2015
Docket Number: 27496
South Carolina v. Baker  
Date: February 11, 2015
Docket Number: 27497

Justia Opinion Summary: Mark Baker was convicted of four counts of committing a lewd act upon a minor. In October 2004, Victim Two, Baker's youngest niece, informed her mother that "Uncle Mark was messing with" her older sister, Victim One. At...

South Carolina v. Chavis  
Date: February 4, 2015
Docket Number: 27491

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant George Chavis was convicted of multiple crimes involving unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, Appellant's step-daughter. The issues this case presented for the Supreme Court's review concerned the qualificatio...

MO-004 - State v. Ryant
Date: January 28, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
Taghivand v. Rite Aid  
Date: January 28, 2015
Docket Number: 27485

Justia Opinion Summary: The federal district court certified a question of South Carolina law to the South Carolina Supreme Court. Behrooz Taghivand was the manager of a Rite Aid store in a high crime area of North Charleston. While on duty, Ta...

Carolina First Bank v. BADD, L.L.C.  
Date: January 28, 2015
Docket Number: 27486

Justia Opinion Summary: BADD, L.L.C. purchased three warehouse units in Myrtle Beach. To finance the transaction, BADD executed two promissory notes. A personal guaranty was also executed by William McKown, who was a member of BADD. After BADD...

South Carolina v. Brewer  
Date: January 28, 2015
Docket Number: 27487

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jaquwn Brewer was convicted of multiple charges in connection with the shooting of two individuals at a nightclub. The issue on appeal to the Supreme Court concerned the admission of Brewer's unredacted audiota...

South Carolina v. Morris  
Date: January 28, 2015
Docket Number: 27488

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Kenneth Morris, II appealed the trial court's denial of his motion to suppress ecstasy and marijuana discovered during a traffic stop, arguing they were obtained as the fruits of an illegal search and seizure i...

Cullen v. McNeal
Date: January 28, 2015
Docket Number: 27489
McNaughton v. Charleston Charter School  
Date: January 28, 2015
Docket Number: 27490

Justia Opinion Summary: In late 2008, Cynthia McNaughton, who was in her early to mid 50's at the time, was accepted into the South Carolina Department of Education's Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE program), which enab...

MO-003 - Oneil v. State
Date: January 21, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
In the Matter of Brian N. Davis
Date: January 21, 2015
Docket Number: 27480
In the Matter of John W. Howard
Date: January 21, 2015
Docket Number: 27481
In the Matter of William D. Rhoad
Date: January 21, 2015
Docket Number: 27482
In the Matter of David Weldon Gantt
Date: January 21, 2015
Docket Number: 27483
Columbia/CSA-HS Greater Columbia Healthcare System v. So. Carolina Medical Malpractice Liability Joint Underwriting Association  
Date: January 21, 2015
Docket Number: 27484

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1997, Dr. Michael Hayes and Dr. Michael Taillon were working as emergency room physicians at Providence Hospital, presumably as independent contractors. Arthur Sharpe came to the Providence Hospital emergency room com...

MO-001 - City of Aiken v. Smith
Date: January 14, 2015
Docket Number: 2015
South Carolina v. Nesbitt  
Date: January 14, 2015
Docket Number: 27477

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Charvus Nesbitt appealed a circuit court judgment finding that he entered a knowing and voluntary "Alford" plea to three of four charges listed in a negotiated plea agreement. On appeal, he argued that his plea...

Nicholson v. SC Dept. of Social Services  
Date: January 14, 2015
Docket Number: 27478

Justia Opinion Summary: Claimant-petitioner Carolyn Nicholson, a supervisor in the investigations area of child protective services for the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS), was on her way to a meeting when her foot caught on...

Barnes v. Charter 1 Realty  
Date: January 14, 2015
Docket Number: 27479

Justia Opinion Summary: Employee-petitioner Judy Barnes was employed as an administrative assistant at Charter 1 Realty. On the day of her injury, Barnes was asked to check the e-mail of one of the realtors before noon. Around 11:30 a.m., Barne...

North American Rescue Products v. Richardson  
Date: January 7, 2015
Docket Number: 27475

Justia Opinion Summary: North American Rescue Products, Inc. (NARP) brought a declaratory judgment action to determine whether P. J. Richardson had the right to purchase 7.5% of NARP's stock at a discount despite the fact that he had been termi...

South Carolina v. Hawes  
Date: January 7, 2015
Docket Number: 27476

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, respondent Alonzo Hawes shot and killed his estranged wife in the presence of their children. Following a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter, the trial court granted Hawes's section 16-25-90 motion for eligib...

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