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Supreme Court Published Opinions - July 2003

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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.

7-14-2003 - Opinions

25673 - In the Matter of Former Sumter Couty Magistrate Warrren Stephen Curtis

In this opinion, the Court publicly reprimands former Sumter County Magistrate Warren Stephen Curtis, the strongest punishment it can impose under the circumstances, based on his guilty plea to possession of cocaine.

25674 - In the Matter of Warren Stephen Curtis

In this opinion, the Court suspended Warren Stephen Curtis from the practice of law for two years, retroactive to June 17, 2002, based on his guilty plea to possession of cocaine.

25675 - Lydia v. Horton

This Court holds that Petitioner is not liable on a first party negligent entrustment claim resulting from his allowing an intoxicated person to borrow his car.

25676 - State v. James

In this case, Petitioner argued that he was entitled to a new trial becuase the probative value of the seven prior burglary convictions that were admitted was outweighed by the prejudice resulting from admission of all seven prior convictions.

7-14-2003 - Orders

ORDER - In the Matter of Dennis J. Rhoad

This order places Dennis J. Rhoad on interim suspension and appoints Capers G. Barr, III, to protect the interests of Mr. Rhoad's clients.
7-21-2003 - Opinions

25677 - Easter v. State

Whether an impermissible guilty plea results from preserving a sentencing issue for appeal.

25678 - Jackson v. State

This is a post-conviction relief matter concerning whether trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance of counsel by failing to request a self-defense charge.

25679 - State v. Michau

This case addressess the constitutionality of the contributing to the delinquency of a morals statute.

25680 - Johnson v. Arbabi

This case involves issues related to a tax sale.

25681 - In The Matter of Peter Harvey

This is an appeal pursuant to the Sexually Violent Predator Act.

25682 - State v. Crosby

Sole issue is whether the trial court erred in refusing to charge the jury on the law of involuntary manslaughter.

7-28-2003 - Opinions

25652 - Breeden v. TWC, Inc.

This opinion reverses in part and affirms in part the Court of Appeals' opinion. Future medicals are included in a fund under section 42-1-560(g), and the carrier's lien under 42-1-560(f) includes medicals paid and accrued but not yet paid. Finally, the Kirkland factors go only to whether to reduce carrier's lien and not to the amount.

25683 - Laurens Emergency Medical Specialists, PA v. M.S. Bailey & Sons Bankers

In this case, Petitioner argued that it was not obligated under its contract to indemnify Respondent for losses caused by the Petitioner's employee in the absence of a third party claim.

25684 - Mathis v. State

In this PCR, Petitioner contends that the circuit court lacked subject matter jurisdiction to convict him of first degree burglary.

25685 - In the Matter of R. Dean Welch

The Court, in this opinion, disbars R. Dean Welch, retroactive to February 19, 1998, based on his conviction for bank fraud.

25686 - In the Matter of Danny Singleton

In this opinion, the Court suspended Bamberg County Magistrate Danny J. Singleton for failing to turn over proceeds from the sale of abandoned and stored vehicles to the county.

25687 - State v. Cobb

This case involved whether or not petitioner should have been sentenced under the accommodation statute for a distribution of marijuana charge. We held that he should have been sentenced under the accommodation statute.

25688 - Curcio v. Caterpillar, Inc.

The decision of the Court of Appeals, upholding the trial judge's grant of a JNOV in this strict liability action, is reversed.