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Supreme Court Published Opinions - Week of 07/27/2015
7-29-2015 - Opinions

27545 - State v. Broadnax
The Court reversed in part, affirmed in part the decision of the court of appeals, finding that armed robbery is not a "crime of dishonesty or false statement" pursuant to Rule 609(a)(2), SCRE, but any error in admitting the prior convictions for armed robbery was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt.
27551 - Smith v. State
In this post-conviction relief (PCR) action, Smith alleges his attorney was deficient for failing to object to the State's recommendation of the maximum punishment after the State promised to remain silent during sentencing. The PCR court denied Smith's application and the court of appeals reversed. Smith v. State, 407 S.C. 270, 754 S.E.2d 900 (Ct. App. 2014). We clarify the appropriate remedy under these circumstances is a new trial, but hold the court of appeals' unappealed mandate for resentencing is the law of the case. Accordingly, we affirm.
27552 - State v. Palmer
On certiorari, the Court upheld the Court of Appeals' decision to reverse the convictions of both Palmer and Gorman for aiding and abetting homicide by child abuse, and upheld that court's decision to affirm Gorman's other convictions for homicide by child abuse and unlawful conduct towards a child. The Court reversed the Court of Appeals to the extent it had upheld the denial of Palmer's directed verdict motions on the charges of homicide by child abuse and unlawful conduct towards a child.
27553 - Johnson v. Alexander
The Court reverses the court of appeals opinion in Johnson v. Alexander, 408 S.C. 58, 757 S.E.2d 553 (Ct. App. 2014), reinstates the grant of summary judgment as to liability, and remands for a hearing on damages.