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Supreme Court Published Opinions - May 2016

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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.

5-4-2016 - Opinions

27632 - Tappeiner v. State

The Court reverses the PCR court's denial of Tappeiner's application for relief, finding Tappeiner's trial counsel was ineffective for failing to object during the State's closing argument.

27633 - State v. Stukes

The Court reverses and remands Stukes' conviction, holding it was reversible error for the trial court to charge the jury that the victim's testimony need not be corroborated by additional evidence or testimony pursuant to Section 16-3-657 of the South Carolina Code (2003). Accordingly, the Court overrules the precedent condoning the use of this instruction.