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Supreme Court Published Opinions - November 2001

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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.

11-5-2001 - Opinions

25359 - Rick's v. State

This opinion involves the effect of S.C. Code Ann. § 12-21-2806 on contracts for the placement of video gaming machines.

25372 - In the Matter of Kitchel

This is a disciplinary matter in which it is alleged an attorney committed various acts of misconduct.

25373 - State v. Knoten

Defendant's murder conviction is reversed because trial court refused defendant's request for jury charge on voluntary manslaughter. Viewing evidence in light most favorable to Defendant, he was entitled to the requested charge. Defendant's remaining convictions for murder, kidnapping, and criminal sexual conduct are affirmed.

11-9-2001 - Opinions

25335 - Stardancer Casino, Inc. v. Robert M. Stewart, Sr., in his official capacity as Chief of the State Law Enforcement Division, et al.

Casino boat gambling does not violate any existing state criminal statute.

11-13-2001 - Opinions

25374 - Sloan v. City of Conway

This civil case resolves a dispute over water rates for non-resident municipal customers.

25375 - State v. Buckmon

This direct appeal involves the issue of whether the trial court erred by failing to direct a verdict of acquittal on the charges against appellant. The verdict was affirmed as to appellant's conspiracy conviction, but was reversed as to his murder and attempted armed robbery convictions.

11-19-2001 - Opinions

25376 - In the Matter of William H. Lumpkin

Opinion disbarring attorney from the practice of law in South Carolina.

25377 - In the Matter of William K. Charles, III

This attorney discipline case involves two issues: (1) whether the Panel is required to include conclusions of law in its final report; and (2) what sanction is appropriate for the attorney's misconduct.

11-26-2001 - Opinions

25378 - Watts v. State

Phillip P. Watts, Sr. appeals from the trial court's denial of his application for Post Conviction Relief on grounds that he did not voluntarily waive his right to counsel.

25379 - Masterclean v. Star Insurence

This case involves two certified questions dealing with statutorial private right of action and a principal suing a surety in tort.

25380 - Ocean Winds v. Lee Lane

Answering certified question: For purposes of S.C. Code Ann. § 15-3-640 (Supp. 2000), ‘substantial completion' of the improvement occurred when windows supplied by defendant were incorporated into larger construction project and could be used for their intended purpose.