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Supreme Court Published Opinions - January 2013

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.

1-9-2013 - Opinions

27207 - State v. Taylor

Respondent was convicted of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. The court of appeals vacated Respondent's conviction, finding that police did not have reasonable suspicion to stop and search Respondent. The Supreme Court, Toal, C.J., reversed, and held that police lawfully stopped Respondent, and the trial court properly admitted drug evidence seized by police during the subsequent search of Respondent.

27208 - Dunes West v. Town of Mount Pleasant

In this direct appeal, the Court affirms the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the Town of Mount Pleasant.

1-16-2013 - Opinions

27209 - In the Matter of Charles V.B. Cushman

This is a disciplinary opinion in which the Court publicly reprimands a lawyer.

27210 - State v. Rice

The Court affirms Appellant's guilty plea in the court of general sessions.

27211 - State v. Cheeks

The Court affirmed appellant's convictions and sentences, finding the search warrant was valid and that appellant was not prejudiced by an erroneous jury charge.

1-23-2013 - Opinions

27212 - State v. Kromah

This Court granted a petition for a writ of certiorari to review the decision of the Court of Appeals in State v. Kromah, Op. No. 2009-UP-322 (S.C. Ct. App. filed June 15, 2009), in which Petitioner's convictions and sentences for unlawful neglect of a child and the infliction of great bodily injury upon a child were affirmed. Petitioner argues the trial court erred in allowing the State's witnesses to testify as to the actions they took as a result of alleged hearsay statements made by the three-year-old victim, who would have been incompetent to testify at trial, and that the error was not harmless beyond a reasonable doubt.

1-30-2013 - Opinions

27213 - Biggins v. Burdette

The Court dismisses the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted.