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Supreme Court Published Opinions - June 2002

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.

6-3-2002 - Opinions

25475 - Unisun Ins. v. Hawkins

This case involved the issue of whether the defense of insufficiency of service was properly asserted.

25476 - In the Matter of Orangeburg County Magistrate Derrick F. Dash

Opinion publicly reprimanding magistrate.

25477 - In the Matter of William Sanders

Public reprimand of former Sumter County Magistrate William Sanders.

25478 - In the Matter of Addie

Public reprimand of former magistrate Joey Addie.

25479 - In the Matter of Curtis Murph

This is an opinion disbarring an attorney for, among other things, failing to respond to formal charges, neglecting numerous legal matters, failing to return unearned funds to clients, representing clients while under suspension, and committing a criminal act.

6-17-2002 - Opinions

25480 - McCraw v. Mary Black Hospital

Statute of Limitations issue as to when plaintiff received a definitive diagnosis of her occupational disease, and remanding to Commission to determine if plaintiff gave timely notice of her claim.

25481 - Gilchrist v. State

Issue is whether counsel was ineffective in failing to object to state's opening argument which improperly bolstered credibility of testimony of a witness against Gilchrist.

25482 - Ex parte: John Martin Foster

Order appointing attorney to represent incarcerated defendant in civil forfeiture action reversed and remanded with instructions on appointment considerations.

25483 - In the Matter of Harry C. DePew

Opinion publicly reprimanding Harry C. Depew for failing to diligently pursue client matters, failing to communicate with clients, failing to safekeep documents, and failing to timely pay a court reporter's fee.

25484 - State v. Burkhart

In this death penalty case, the Court reversed Appellant's convictions based on the trial judge's erroneous self-defense charge and remanded for a new trial.

25485 - Ocean Winds Council of Co-Owners, Inc. v. Auto-Owner Insurance Company

This case construes an insurance policy covering loss from collapse of a building.

25486 - Department of Health and Environmental Control v. Doe

This case addresses which DHEC medical records are admissible to prove a violation of S.C. Code Ann. section 44-29-145, which prohibits a person who knows he has HIV from exposing another to the virus.

25487 - Matthews v. State

A Post-Conviction Relief action dealing with ineffective assistance for failing to object to solicitor's vouching for a witness' credibility.

6-24-2002 - Opinions

25488 - Pauling v. State

This post-conviction relief application addresses whether counsel was ineffective for failing to object to the trial judge's erroneous response to the jury's question concerning the effect of its inability to reach a verdict on two of the eight charges.