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Supreme Court Published Opinions - July 2015

Note: Beginning in June 2012, opinions will be posted as Adobe PDFs. You can download a free copy of Adobe Reader here.

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.

7-1-2015 - Opinions

27537 - State v. Jenkins

The Court reverses the court of appeals' decision remanding Respondent's case for an additional evidentiary hearing, finding instead that the circuit court's error in admitting DNA evidence against Respondent was harmless.

27538 - State v. Barnes

The Court rejected the State's contention that respondent's request for the appointment of counsel in his second capital proceeding was a concession that his first conviction was constitutionally obtained despite the fact that his request to proceed pro se at that trial was erroneously denied.

27539 - State v. Scott

The Court dismisses the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted.

27540 - Horton v. City of Columbia

The Court dismissed the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted and depublished the court of appeals' opinion in Horton v. City of Columbia, 408 S.C. 27, 757 S.E.2d 537 (2014).

27541 - State v. Henkel

The Court reverses the court of appeals' opinion and reinstates respondent's conviction, finding the videotape of Respondent's arrest satisfied the DUI recording statute.

27542 - Rivera v. Newton

The Court dismissed the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted and ordered the court of appeals to depublish its opinion in Rivera v. Newton, 401 S.C. 402, 737 S.E.2d 193 (Ct. App. 2012).

27543 - In the Matter of the Care and Treatment of Christopher Taft

The Court reverses the court of appeals' opinion in In re Taft, Op. No. 2013-UP-334 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Aug. 7, 2013), and holds the State failed to present sufficient evidence Taft had a present risk of reoffending and therefore did not prove he was a sexually violent predator under the Sexually Violent Predator Act.