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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Supreme Court
Robby Lee McFalls, Petitioner,
State of South Carolina, Respondent.
ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI
Appeal From Spartanburg County
Reginald I. Lloyd, Plea Judge
Roger L. Couch, Special Circuit Court Judge
Memorandum Opinion No. 2007-MO-065
Submitted December 5, 2007 – Filed December 10, 2007
Appellate Defender Kathrine H. Hudgins, South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense, Division of Appellate Defense, of Columbia, for Petitioner.
Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, and Assistant Attorney General Molly R. Crum, all of Columbia, for Respondent.
PER CURIAM: Petitioner seeks a writ of certiorari from the denial of his application for post-conviction relief (PCR).
We deny the petition as to petitioner’s Question 2.
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 on petitioner’s Question 1, dispense with further briefing, 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).Petitioner’s appeal is dismissed, after review pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967). Counsel’s motion to be relieved is granted.
TOAL, C.J., MOORE, WALLER, PLEICONES and BEATTY, JJ., concur.