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2008-UP-522 - State v. Laird

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.

Paul Laird Appellant.


Appeal from Aiken County
Doyet A. Early, III, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2008-UP-522
Submitted September 2, 2008 – Filed September 9, 2008   


AFFIRMED


Appellate Defender Katherine H. Hudgins, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, Assistant Director, Attorney Amy L. Clifford, all of Columbia; and Solicitor Barbara R. Morgan, of Aiken, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Paul Laird appeals his conviction for second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and committing a lewd act upon a child.  Laird argues the trial court erred in refusing to let him testify about an argument between him and the victim regarding the victim’s dating a twenty-four-year-old man.   Laird contends the testimony was admissible pursuant to Rule 608(c) of the South Carolina Rules of Evidence.  We affirm[1] pursuant to Rule 220(b), SCACR, and the following authority: State v. Adams, 354 S.C. 361, 380, 580 S.E.2d 785, 795 (Ct. App. 2003) (holding arguments not raised to or ruled upon by the trial court are not preserved for appellate review, and a defendant may not argue one ground below and another on appeal).

AFFIRMED.

HEARN, C.J., HUFF and GEATHERS, JJ., concur.


[1] Because oral argument would not aid the court in resolving the issues on appeal, we decide this case without oral argument pursuant to Rule 215, SCACR.