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Supreme Court Published Opinions - January 2017

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.

1-5-2017 - Opinions

27694 - State v. Cain

Charles Allen Cain appeals his conviction for trafficking in methamphetamine. He argues the State produced insufficient evidence as to the quantity of drugs required for trafficking, and thus the trial court erred when it denied his motion for a directed verdict. The court of appeals found the core of Cain's argument was not preserved for appellate review, and affirmed. We find Cain's argument is preserved, and the court of appeals erred by affirming the denial of the directed verdict motion. We reverse.

27695 - Gonzales v. State

The Court reverses the Court of Appeals' opinion in Gonzales v. State, 412 S.C. 478, 772 S.E.2d 557 (Ct. App. 2015).

27696 - Ramirez v. State

The Court affirms in part and reverses in part the court of appeals' opinion in Ramirez v. State, 413 S.C. 351, 776 S.E.2d 101 (Ct. App. 2015), and holds the PCR court erred in denying Ramirez's application for relief.

1-11-2017 - Opinions

27697 - In the Matter of Frank Barnwell McMaster

The Court issues a definite suspension of thirty months retroactive to March 4, 2014, for respondent.

27698 - Harleysville Group Ins. v. Heritage Communities, Inc.

In these direct appeals, the Court affirms the Special Referee's findings in both matters as to the scope of coverage under certain Commercial General Liability policies. As to the Special Referee's time-on-the-risk allocation of damages, the Court affirms in the Magnolia North matter and affirms as slightly modified in the Riverwalk matter.

1-18-2017 - Opinions

27699 - Davis v. Leatherman

In this opinion, the Court issues a declaratory judgment regarding the effective date of certain amendments to the South Carolina Constitution.