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Supreme Court Published Opinions - July 2008

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.

7-14-2008 - Opinions

26515 - In the Matter of R. Ryan Breckenridge

This is an opinion in which the Court definitely suspended a lawyer.

26516 - In the Matter of James T. Feldman

This is an opinion in which the Court definitely suspended a lawyer.

26517 - MRI at Belfair v. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

The Court reversed and remanded an order granting a Certificate of Need for an MRI with instructions to consider one issue.

26518 - Ables v. Gladden

This family court matter, involving requests for a retroactive increase in child support and reimbursement of various expenses, holds that laches is no longer a defense when there is court order for child support.

26519 - State v. Light

This case involves the issues of whether the trial court erred by denying petitioner's request for a jury instruction on involuntary manslaughter and by finding petitioner was not entitled to a jury instruction on self-defense.

26520 - State v. Owens

The Court affirmed appellant's capital sentence.

26521 - State v. Mekler

The Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals, holding that the respondent was entitled to a new trial.

7-14-2008 - Orders

ORDER - Rules Advisory Committee

With the adoption of Rule 609, SCACR, the Supreme Court has created a Rules Advisory Committee. This Committee will be responsible for making recommendations regarding the adoption or amendment of rules governing the administration of or the practice and procedure before the trial courts of this State.
7-21-2008 - Opinions

26522 - State v. NV Sumatra Tobacco Trading

This case involves whether the lower court erred by finding South Carolina has personal jurisdiction over an Indonesian tobacco manufacturer for purposes of the Tobacco Escrow Fund Act and whether the lower court properly granted the State's motion for summary judgment on the merits of the action.

7-28-2008 - Opinions

26523 - Miller v. State

In this post-conviction relief case, we reverse the PCR judge's decision finding Petitioner's trial counsel was not ineffective in establishing Petitioner's defense of third-party guilt for the charge of armed robbery.

26524 - In the Matter of Beaufort County Magistrate George Peter Lamb

In this opinion, the Court issues a public reprimand for acts of misconduct by a magistrate who has resigned his position.

26525 - Lomax v. State

In this post-conviction relief case, we reverse the decision of the PCR judge in failing to find a conflict of interest existed when Petitioner's plea counsel simultaneously represented Petitioner and her husband during guilty pleas which arose out of related offenses.

7-28-2008 - Orders

ORDER - In the Matter of Samuel Michael Ogburn