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The summary following each opinion is prepared to offer lawyers and the public a general overview of what a particular opinion decides. The summary is not necessarily a full description of the issues discussed in an opinion.10-10-2016 - Opinions
Ngoc Tran, a Georgia resident, appeals an order terminating her parental rights to her minor child. On appeal, Tran argues the South Carolina family court did not have subject matter jurisdiction under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act. Because we find the Department of Social Services did not meet its burden of establishing subject matter jurisdiction, we vacate and remand.10-19-2016 - Opinions
Rickey Mazique appeals from his conviction for armed robbery, arguing the trial court erred in: (1) not conducting a timely and adequate inquiry as to his motion for the appointment of substitute counsel; (2) denying him the right to self-representation at a critical stage of the proceedings; (3) allowing the State to take advantage of him with its prejudicial and inflammatory comments to the jury; (4) denying his request to require the State to offer the entire audio of his police interview; (5) refusing to require the State to provide him a copy of the officer's handwritten notes for cross-examination; (6) denying him the right to effective cross-examination of officers; (7) refusing to allow him to cross-examine a witness about any pending charges to examine for bias, motive, etc.; and (8) the cumulative effect of all the foregoing errors prevented him from having a fair trial. We affirm.