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2004-UP-580 - State v. Washington

THIS OPINION HAS NO PRECEDENTIAL VALUE.  IT SHOULD NOT BE CITED OR RELIED ON AS
PRECEDENT IN ANY PROCEEDING EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY RULE 239(d)(2), SCACR.

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

Sarah Lee Washington, Appellant.


Appeal From Laurens County
 James W. Johnson, Jr., Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2004-UP-580
Submitted November 1, 2004 – Filed November 17, 2004


APPEAL DISMISSED


Acting Chief Attorney Joseph L. Savitz, III, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka, all of Columbia; and Solicitor W. Townes Jones IV, of Greenwood, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Sarah Lee Washington appeals her conviction for murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.  She complains about the denial by the trial court of a motion she made pursuant to Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986), directed to the striking by the State of a black juror.  Her appellate attorney attaches a petition to be relieved as Washington’s counsel, stating his review of the record leads him to conclude Washington’s appeal lacks legal merit sufficient to warrant granting Washington a new trial.  Washington has not filed any pro se documents on her own behalf.

After a thorough review of the record and counsel’s brief, we dismiss Washington’s appeal and grant counsel’s petition to be relieved pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), and State v. Williams, 305 S.C. 116, 406 S.E.2d 357 (1991). [1]

APPEAL DISMISSED.

HEARN, C.J., GOOLSBY and WILLIAMS, JJ., concur.


[1]   We decide this case without oral argument pursuant to Rules 215 and 220(b)(2), SCACR.