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2010-UP-543 - In the Matter of the Care and Treatment of Steve Miller

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

In the Matter of the Care and Treatment of Steve E. Miller, Appellant.


Appeal From Richland County
Alison Renee Lee, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No.  2010-UP-543 
Submitted December 1, 2010 – Filed December 16, 2010


AFFIRMED


Appellate Defender LaNelle C. DuRant, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Attorney General Deborah R.J. Shupe, Assistant Attorney General R. Westmoreland Clark, and Assistant Attorney General William M. Blitch, Jr., all of Columbia, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Steve E. Miller appeals the trial court's order committing him to the Department of Mental Health after a jury determined he met the definition of a sexually violent predator.  Miller argues the trial court erred in excluding evidence proving the treatment facility formerly housed inmates on death row.  We believe the trial court properly exercised its discretion in excluding the evidence and, therefore, affirm[1] pursuant to Rule 220(b)(1), SCACR, and the following authority:  State v. Aleksey, 343 S.C. 20, 35, 538 S.E.2d 248, 256 (2000) (stating the trial court is given broad discretion in ruling on questions concerning the relevance of evidence, and the court's decision will be reversed only if there is a clear abuse of discretion).

AFFIRMED.

FEW, C.J., SHORT and WILLIAMS, JJ., concur.


[1] We decide this case without oral argument pursuant to Rule 215, SCACR.