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
In The Supreme Court
Timothy Downs, Petitioner,
South Carolina, Respondent.
ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI
John C. Few, Circuit Court Judge
J. Michael Baxley, Post Conviction Judge
Memorandum Opinion No. 2006-MO-008
Submitted February 14, 2006 – Filed February 21, 2006
Assistant Appellate Defender Aileen P. Clare, Office of Appellate Defense, of
Columbia, for Petitioner.
Assistant Attorney General Christopher L. Newton, Office of the Attorney General, of
Columbia, for Respondent.
PER CURIAM: Petitioner seeks a writ of certiorari from the dismissal of his application for post-conviction relief (PCR).
Because there is sufficient evidence to support the PCR judge’s finding that petitioner did not knowingly and intelligently waive his right to a direct appeal, we grant certiorari and proceed with a review of the direct appeal issue pursuant to Davis v. State, 288 S.C. 290, 342 S.E.2d 60 (1986).
Counsel for petitioner has filed a brief pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967) and a petition to be relieved as counsel. Petitioner has not filed a pro se response. After a thorough review of the record pursuant to Anders, supra, we dismiss the appeal and grant the petition to be relieved as counsel.
TOAL, C.J., MOORE, BURNETT and PLEICONES, JJ., concur. WALLER, J., not participating.