Supreme Court Seal
South Carolina
JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT
Site Map | Feedback
2011-UP-034 - In the Matter of Denny Bates

THIS OPINION HAS NO PRECEDENTIAL VALUE.  IT SHOULD NOT BE CITED OR RELIED ON AS PRECEDENT IN ANY PROCEEDING EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY RULE 268(d)(2), SCACR.

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

In the Matter of the Care and Treatment of Denny R.  Bates, Appellant.


Appeal From Dorchester County
Diane Schafer Goodstein, Circuit Court Judge
Roger M. Young, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2011-UP-034  
Submitted January 1, 2011 – Filed February 1, 2011


APPEAL DISMISSED


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

Attorney General Alan Wilson, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, and Assistant Attorney General Deborah R.J. Shupe, all of Columbia, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM: Denny R. Bates appeals his commitment to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health for treatment under the Sexually Violent Predator Act, arguing the trial court erred in accepting his voluntary commitment after he informed the court that the jail where he was currently housed was "absolutely torture."  After a thorough review of the record and counsel's brief pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), and State v. Williams, 305 S.C. 116, 406 S.E.2d 357 (1991), we dismiss[1] the appeal and grant counsel's motion to be relieved.

APPEAL DISMISSED.

HUFF and LOCKEMY, JJ., and GOOLSBY, A.J., concur.


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