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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

2018-001662 - The State v. Tavarious Settles

Tavarious Settles was convicted of murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The trial court sentenced him to concurrent prison sentences of forty-five years for murder and five years for the weapon charge. His murder sentence was subsequently reduced to forty years. The court of appeals affirmed. State v. Settles, Op. No. 2018-UP-214 (S.C. Ct. App. filed May 23, 2018). This Court granted Settles a writ of certiorari. Settles argues the trial court erred by (1) refusing to suppress his statement given to law enforcement and (2) refusing to conduct an individualized and meaningful sentencing hearing pursuant to Aiken v. Byars, 410 S.C. 534, 765 S.E.2d 572 (2014).

2017-001178 - The State v. Terrell A. Smith

The Court is asked to determine whether the thirty-year mandatory minimum sentence for murder set forth in S.C. Code Ann. § 16-3-20(A) (2015) is unconstitutional as applied to juvenile homicide offenders because it fails to take into account the unique considerations of youth in violation of Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. 420 (2012), and Aiken v. Byars, 410 S.C. 534, 765 S.E.2d 572 (2014).

2018-000494 - The State v. Richard M. Quinn, Jr.

In this appeal, we review whether the trial court erred in determining a substantial factual basis existed to accept Respondent's guilty plea to a charge of statutory misconduct in office under S.C. Code Ann. § 8-1-80.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

2018-001165 - SC Coastal Conservation League v. Dominion Energy and SC Solar Business Alliance v. Dominion Energy

In this direct appeal, Appellants appeal an order issued by the Public Service Commission regarding the annual review of the fuel purchasing practices and policies of Dominion Energy, f/k/a South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, pursuant to section 58-27-865 of the South Carolina Code (2015).

2019-000552 - Johnny Thomerson v. Richard DeVito, et al.

The United States District Court for the District of South Carolina has certified a question of law to this Court pursuant to Rule 244, SCACR. Specifically, the District Court asks this Court to determine whether the three-year statute of limitations of S.C. Code. § 15-3-530 applies to claims for promissory estoppel.

2018-001151 - Zachariah and Amie Cooper and Arlene Palazzo v. SCDSS

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

2017-001790 - Jimmie Aiken v. South Carolina Department of Revenue

This appeal involves two questions. First, does the Department of Revenue's garnishment of Respondents' wages to collect delinquent medical debts on behalf of hospitals constitute a "tax" under section 12-60-80 of the South Carolina Code? Second, does subsection 12-60-80(C) prohibit any class action against the Department? The Court certified this appeal pursuant to Rule 204(b), SCACR.

2018-001866 - Verma Tedder v. Darlington County

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Tedder v. Darlington Cty. Cmty. Action Agency, Op. No. 2018-UP-349 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Aug. 2018).

2018-001986 - Frederick Tranfield v. Lilly Tranfield

We granted certiorari to review whether the court of appeals erred in affirming the trial court's decision to award attorney's fees when that award approaches a party's annual income.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

2018-001238 - Winrose Homeowners v. Devery A. Hale

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Winrose Homeowners' Ass'n v. Hale, 423 S.C. 220, 813 S.E.2d 894 (Ct. App. 2018).

2018-001435 - Philip Ethier v. Fairfield Memorial

We review whether the court of appeals erred in affirming three of the trial court's decisions: 1) in entering a judgment in favor of the defense on a spouse's loss of consortium claim when the directly injured spouse did not recover because the jury found him more at fault, 2) denying a motion for a new trial based on alleged jury concealment during voir dire, and 3) denying a motion for a new trial when a juror purportedly engaged in premature deliberations.

2018-001910 - Skydive Myrtle Beach v. Horry County

The Court granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Skydive Myrtle Beach, Inc. v. Horry County, 424 S.C. 298, 818 S.E.2d 224 (Ct. App. 2018).

Thursday, June 13, 2019

2017-000227-2 - A. Marion Stone, III v. Susan B. Thompson

Respondent filed an action in the Family Court of Charleston County alleging he and petitioner had entered into a common law marriage and seeking divorce, equitable distribution, and other relief. The family court bifurcated the case to determine first whether a common law marriage existed, ultimately determining it did. Petitioner appealed, but the court of appeals determined the family court order was not final and appealable. We reversed in Stone v. Thompson, Op. No. 27876 (Filed April 3, 2019), and retained jurisdiction to adjudicate the merits.

2017-002402 - The State v. Damyon Cotton

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in State v. Cotton, Op. No. 2017-UP-356 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Sept. 6, 2017).

2018-000769 - Robert L. Harrison v. Owen Steel Company

The Court reviews the court of appeals' published opinion. Harrison v. Owen Steel Co., Inc., 422 S.C. 132, 810 S.E.2d 433 (Ct. App. 2018).

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

2018-001309 - Commissioners v. City of Fountain Inn

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Commissioners of Public Works of the City of Laurens v. City of Fountain Inn, 423 S.C. 461, 815 S.E.2d 21 (Ct. App. 2018).

2018-000337 - Laverne Bazen v. Tammie Bazen

Appellant appeals the family court's order awarding grandparent visitation pursuant to subsection 63-3-530(A)(33) of the South Carolina Code.

2018-001140 - David Wilson v. John Gandis

This case involves lawsuits for member oppression and trade secret misappropriation. The Court granted petitions for writs of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Wilson v. Gandis, Op. No. 2018-UP-078 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Feb. 7, 2018), in which the court of appeals affirmed the circuit court and adopted the circuit court's order in its entirety.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

2016-002304 - Eugene Thomas v. State

This post-conviction relief action concerns whether the PCR court erred in concluding trial counsel was not ineffective in deciding to preserve the right to final closing argument rather than call two potential alibi witnesses.

2018-000137 - Preservation Society of Charleston v. SCDHEC

This case stems from several orders issued by the administrative law court (ALC) in a contested case proceeding in which Petitioners challenge various permits issued by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for a proposed cruise ship terminal on the Charleston peninsula. The court of appeals affirmed the ALC. Pres. Soc'y of Charleston v. S.C. Dep't of Health & Envtl. Control, Op. No. 2017-UP-403 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Oct. 18, 2017). The Court granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision.

2017-002479 - The State v. Robert L. Moore

Robert Lee Moore appeals his conviction of attempted murder, arguing the trial court should have suppressed the evidence found from the search of his cell phone. A majority of the court of appeals affirmed petitioner's conviction and sentence. State v. Moore, 421 S.C. 167, 805 S.E.2d 585 (Ct. App. 2017). We now determine whether the court of appeals erred in affirming the trial court where two of the judges agreed petitioner's constitutional rights were violated when the police searched his cell phone without a warrant, yet found on inconsistent bases that the fruits of the warrantless search would have been inevitably discovered.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

2018-000475 - Progressive Direct Insurance Company v. Bryan Reeves

In this direct appeal, Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (DEC) appeals the order of the Public Service Commission of South Carolina, arguing the Commission erred in requiring DEC to return the electric service account for Respondents' business from the standard DEC rate to a previous rate.

2015-001097 - The State v. Terry McCall

In this criminal appeal, Terry Edward McCall appeals his conviction of Felony Driving Under the Influence (Resulting in Great Bodily Injury). On appeal, McCall argues (1) South Carolina's implied consent statute is unconstitutional, (2) the circuit court erred in denying his motion to suppress the evidence obtained from the warrantless collection of his blood and urine, (3) the circuit court abused its discretion in denying his motion for a continuance after the circuit court granted his motion to relieve counsel midtrial, and (4) his Sixth Amendment right to counsel was violated when the circuit court granted his motion to relieve counsel without conducting a proper hearing pursuant to Faretta v. California.

2018-000506 - Charles Hobbs v. Fairway Oaks

Charles Thomas Hobbs and Mary Hobbs appeal a circuit court order granting summary judgment to Fairway Oaks Homeowners Association for the Hobbs' claim that Fairway Oaks was liable for injuries Charles Hobbs sustained when an independent contractor negligently removed a damaged tree limb in the neighborhood common area. On appeal, Hobbs argues the circuit court erred by finding Fairway Oaks did not owe a nondelegable duty when performing maintenance to its common area.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

2019-000147 - Glenn Odom v. Town of McBee Election Commission

This appeal concerns Odom's contest to the Town of McBee's town council election based on challenged votes that were not counted. The McBee Municipal Election Commission invalidated the election and ordered a new election. The circuit court overturned the Commission and remanded the proceedings to the Commission to count the challenged votes and announce Odom as the prevailing candidate. The Court reviews the circuit court's decision.

2018-000235 - Wadette Cothran v. State Farm

The Court granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' published opinion. Cothran v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 421 S.C. 562, 808 S.E.2d 824 (Ct. App. 2017).

2017-002372 - The State v. Jake Lake

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' dismissal of Petitioner's belated direct appeal involving the issues of hybrid representation and abandonment of counsel.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

2016-002190 - The State v. Christopher D. Campbell

Christopher D. Campbell was convicted of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. The court of appeals affirmed his convictions and sentences. State v. Campbell, Op. No. 2016-UP-367 (S.C. Ct. App. filed July 20, 2016). We granted Campbell's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision. On appeal, Campbell argues the trial court erred in denying his request to instruct the jury that evidence of good character, in and of itself, may create a doubt as to guilt.

2016-001264 - The State v. Larry Durant

In this direct appeal, the appellant raises several issues related to his conviction for criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the second degree, including that (1) the trial judge erred in not declaring a mistrial; (2) the trial judge erred in admitting, in violation of Rule 404(b), SCRE, the testimony of multiple minor victims who had also accused the appellant of sexual abuse; (3) the trial judge gave a prejudicial Allen charge; (4) the trial court erred in not granting a new trial based on the State's Brady violation; and (5) the Court should order a new trial based on the "cumulative error doctrine." The Court has granted the appellant's motion to argue against the precedent of State v. Wallace, 384 S.C. 428, 683 S.E.2d 275 (2009).

2018-001233 - Shannon Montgomery v. Justin Montgomery

Appellant Justin Montgomery appeals the family court's order requiring him to undergo a psychosexual examination. The Court must decide whether the order is immediately appealable and whether the family court's decision pursuant to section 63-3-530(A)(26) of the South Carolina Code violates Appellant's constitutional rights.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

2018-001436 - Progressive Direct Insurance Company v. Bryan Reeves

The United States District Court for the District of South Carolina has certified a question of law to this Court pursuant to Rule 244, SCACR.

2018-000057 - The State v. Vincent Missouri

The Court granted certiorari to determine whether the court of appeals erred in finding Petitioner Vincent Missouri was not denied his Sixth Amendment right to proceed pro se.

2017-002061 - The State v. Jo Pradubsri

The Court reviews the court of appeals' published opinion. State v. Pradubsri, 420 S.C. 629, 803 S.E.2d 724, 725 (Ct. App. 2017).

Thursday, April 18, 2019

2018-001107 - Daufuskie Island Utility Company, Inc. v. SC Office of Regulatory Staff

In this direct appeal, Daufuskie Island Utility Co. appeals the order of the Public Service Commission regarding the adjustment of a public utility rate under Title 58 of the South Carolina Code.

2018-001677 - Scott Ledford v. Department of Public Safety

The Court granted Ledford's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' decision in Ledford v. Dep't of Pub. Safety, Op. No. 2018-UP-280 (S.C. Ct. App. filed June 27, 2018), in which the court affirmed the Appellate Panel of the Workers' Compensation Commission and held: (1) the single commissioner was not required to recuse herself; (2) the Appellate Panel's decision to reverse the single commissioner's ruling to overrule the unappealed findings of a prior single commissioner was supported by substantial evidence; and (3) substantial evidence supported the Appellate Panel's findings that Ledford was not credible and his landscaping business remained lucrative following the injury.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

2018-001170 - In re: Mt. Hawley Insurance Company

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has certified a question of law to this Court pursuant to Rule 244, SCACR.

2018-001671 - The State v. Steven Otts

In this appeal concerning the propriety of a "defense of others" charge, the State asserts the court of appeals erred in reversing the trial court's decision to instruct the jury on the charge. At trial, the State requested the charge, noting it planned to use it in an offensive posture. Defense counsel objected, arguing the "defense of others" is a defense to a criminal charge. The trial court agreed with the State and charged the jury accordingly, and the court of appeals reversed.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

2017-001992 - The State v. Demario Monte Thompson

Thompson appeals his convictions for first degree burglary and third degree assault and battery, arguing the trial court erred by admitting a trespass notice into evidence and admitting the entire recording of a 911 call into evidence. The Court of Appeals affirmed. State v. Thompson, 420 S.C. 386, 803 S.E.2d 44 (Ct. App. 2017). This Court granted Thompson's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the decision of the Court of Appeals.

2018-000784 - Angela Cartmel v. Edward Taylor

The Court granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Cartmel v. Taylor, Op. No. 2018-UP-046 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Jan. 31, 2018).

2017-002043 - Robert Lester, Jr. v. Marco and Timea Sanchez

We granted certiorari to determine whether the court of appeals erred in affirming the family court's award of guardian ad litem fees.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

2018-000981 - The State v. Denzel M. Heyward

Petitioner was found guilty of attempted murder, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He was sentenced to a total of 65 years' imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed his convictions. This Court granted certiorari to review whether the court of appeals erred in affirming 1.) the admission of photo lineup identification evidence; and 2.) that Petitioner's counsel opened the door to the introduction of testimony regarding domestic violence between Petitioner and his co-defendant.

2017-000280 - Vladimir W. Pantovich v. State

This case comes before the Court for a second time. The first time around we reversed the PCR court's finding of no relief. We stated, "The PCR judge erred in finding there was a rebuttable presumption that the Court of Appeals reviewed every potential appellate issue and determined them to be without merit when conducting an Anders review and that there is a requirement that a PCR applicant show there was an irregularity in the Court of Appeals' Anders review." Pantovich v. State, Op. No. 2015-MO-052 (S.C. filed Aug. 26, 2015). On remand, the PCR court granted the Defendant a new trial. We granted the State's petition for a writ of certiorari to determine whether the PCR court's finding of relief is proper.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

2018-000076 - Johnny Tucker v. SCDOT

We granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' opinion. Tucker v. SC Dep't of Transportation, Op. No. 2017-UP-379 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Oct. 18, 2017)

2017-002206 - The State v. Mario Valerio Gonzalez Hernandez

Mario Valerio Gonzalez Hernandez was convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The court of appeals affirmed. State v. Hernandez, Op. No. 2017-UP-324 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Aug. 2, 2017). The Court granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision. Hernandez argues the court of appeals erred in affirming the trial court's decision to admit: (1) expert testimony regarding DNA evidence and (2) an investigator's testimony regarding what an interpreter said Hernandez told him in Spanish.

2018-000994 - The State v. Gerald R. Williams

The Court issued a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in State v. Williams, 422 S.C. 525, 812 S.E.2d 917 (2018).

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

2017-001965 - The State v. Wallace Steve Perry

Wallace Steve Perry was convicted of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) and two counts of second-degree CSC. The court of appeals affirmed his convictions and sentences. State v. Perry, 420 S.C. 643, 803 S.E.2d 899 (2017). We granted Perry's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision. On appeal, Perry argues the trial court erred in (1) finding his stepdaughter's testimony was admissible as evidence of a common scheme or plan, and (2) allowing a doctor to improperly comment on the veracity of his daughter's testimony.

2018-001153 - The State v. Frederick S. Pfeiffer

The Court granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in State v. Pfeiffer, Op. No. 2018-UP-130 (S.C. Ct. App. filed March 28, 2018).

2018-000029 - The State v. Sean Robert Kelly

Petitioner was arrested for driving under the influence. Following the presentation of the State's case and a motion for a directed verdict by petitioner, the magistrate dismissed the case for failure to comply with S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-2953 (2018). The circuit court affirmed the magistrate's dismissal, but the court of appeals reversed and remanded the case to the magistrate for a new trial. This Court granted certiorari to review whether the court of appeals erred by failing to hold that the decisions of the lower courts were not appealable on Double Jeopardy grounds.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

2016-001710 - Andrew P. Neumayer v. Philadelphia Indemnity

In this insurance dispute, we address whether the circuit court erred in holding the policy's notice provision void under South Carolina law, and in doing so, finding coverage available despite the insured's failure to notify the insurer.

2018-000621 - Vivian Cromwell v. Alberta Brisbane

The Court granted certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' decision in Cromwell v. Brisbane, Op. No. 2018-UP-062 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Feb. 7, 2018). Petitioner asserts the Court of Appeals erred in (1) finding Petitioner did not preserve the Master-in-Equity's errors for appellate review; and (2) affirming the Master's ruling that an oral bid by the bidder's attorney in a partition sale is legally insufficient unless a written contract sufficient to satisfy the statute of frauds is put in evidence at or prior to the sale.

2018-000753 - The State v. Robert Jared Prather

Robert Jared Prather was convicted of murder and strong arm robbery. The court of appeals reversed and remanded for a new trial. State v. Prather, 422 S.C. 96, 810 S.E.2d 419 (Ct. App. 2017). The Court granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision that the trial court abused its discretion by admitting improper reply testimony and that the admission of such testimony was not harmless.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

2017-001990 - The State v. Shane Adam Burdette

Shane Adam Burdette was indicted for murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. A jury convicted Burdette of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and the lesser-included offense of voluntary manslaughter. The court of appeals affirmed. State v. Burdette, Op. No. 2017-UP-237 (S.C. Ct. App. filed June 7, 2017). This Court granted Burdette's petition for a writ of certiorari to review whether the court of appeals erred in concluding Burdette "suffered no prejudice" from an erroneous jury charge regarding the inference of malice from the use of a deadly weapon.

2018-000354 - Paula Russell v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

The Court granted Petitioner's writ of certiorari to determine whether the court of appeals erred in dismissing Petitioner's appeal from the Workers' Compensation Commission.

2017-002369 - Charleston County v. University Ventures

The Court granted cross-petitions for writs of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Charleston County Assessor v. University Ventures, L.L.C., 421 S.C. 194, 805 S.E.2d 216 (Ct. App. 2017).

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

2016-002542 - Coves Darden v. Francisco Ibanez

The Court granted Petitioner a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Coves Darden, LLC v. Ibañez, Op. No. 2016-UP-402 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Aug. 17, 2016), in which the court of appeals affirmed the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Respondents as to all of Petitioner's claims.

2017-001898 - Anderson County v. Joey Preston, et al.

This case arises out of Anderson County Council's approval of a severance agreement (the Severance Agreement) for outgoing county administrator Joey Preston. Anderson County (the County) initiated the instant lawsuit against Preston seeking rescission of the Severance Agreement. After a non-jury trial, the circuit court entered judgment in favor of Preston on all causes of action as well as his counterclaim against the County. The County appealed, and the Court of Appeals, in determining that the Severance Agreement was void, affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded for further proceedings. Anderson Cnty. v. Preston, 420 S.C. 546, 804 S.E.2d 282 (Ct. App. 2017). This Court granted the parties' cross petitions for writs of certiorari to review the decision of the Court of Appeals.

2017-001928 - The State v. Dean Nelson Seagers

Petitioner Dean Seagers was found guilty of Distribution of Cocaine Base. On direct appeal, the Court granted certiorari to determine whether the trial court erred in charging the jury the law of accomplice liability.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

2017-001910 - The State v. Dennis Cervantes-Pavon

Petitioner was found guilty of murder. This Court reviews whether the Court of Appeals erred in affirming the trial court's denial of Petitioner's request for immunity from prosecution under the Protection of Persons and Property Act.

2017-001920 - The State v. Wayland Purnell

This Court reviews the court of appeals' unpublished opinion. State v. Purnell, No. 2017-UP-272 (S.C. Ct. App. July 5, 2017).

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

2017-001933 - The State v. Eric T. Spears

Eric Terrell Spears was convicted of trafficking crack cocaine between ten and twenty-eight grams. The court of appeals reversed, finding the trial court improperly denied Spears' motion to suppress the drug evidence. State v. Spears, 420 S.C. 363, 802 S.E.2d 803 (Ct. App. 2017). We granted the State's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision.

2017-001362 - In the Matter of Calvin J. Miller

The Court granted certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' decision in In re the Care and Treatment of Miller, Op. No. 2017-UP-137 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Apr. 5, 2017), in which the Court of Appeals affirmed Petitioner's commitment under the South Carolina Sexually Violent Predator Act. Petitioner asserts the Court of Appeals erred because the trial court improperly admitted testimony regarding Petitioner's prior charges and convictions for non-sexual conduct.

2017-001404 - William McFarland v. Mansour Rashtchian

The issue in this defamation action is whether the court of appeals erred in affirming the trial court's decision to charge self-defense; specifically, the petitioners assert that self-defense is not an absolute defense to slander per se, that provocation is distinct from self-defense, and that provocation deals with mitigation, rather than liability.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

2017-001583 - Mark M. Sweeney v. Irene M. Sweeney

We granted certiorari to determine whether the family court's award of alimony was proper.

2018-001124 - Crystal Wickersham v. Ford Motor Company

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit asks this Court to determine: (1) whether South Carolina recognizes an "uncontrollable impulse" exception to the general rule that suicide breaks the causal chain for wrongful death claims, and if so, what is required to satisfy causation under the exception; and (2) whether comparative negligence in causing enhanced injuries applies in a crashworthiness case when the plaintiff alleges claims of strict liability and breach of warranty and is seeking damages related only to the plaintiff's enhanced injuries.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

2015-000953 - The State v. Devarous S.L. Parks

Following Grady v. North Carolina, 135 S. Ct. 1368 (2015) (per curiam), the Court considers whether an individualized hearing is required before imposing "mandatory" GPS monitoring upon a sex offender pursuant to section 23-3-540(A) of the South Carolina Code, and whether the petitioner received such a hearing in this case.

2015-002164 - Daniel Hamrick v. State

In this criminal case, Daniel Hamrick appeals his conviction of felony driving under the influence with great bodily injury. Hamrick argues the circuit court erred in (1) denying his motion to suppress the results of his blood test because the fact that police believed alcohol was in his blood stream did not create a per se exception to the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement, (2) denying his motion to suppress the results of his blood test because police did not draw his blood within the three-hour statutory timeframe, (3) allowing Officer Andrew Harris to testify about an experiment he conducted when Officer Harris was not qualified as an expert, and (4) disallowing into evidence an experiment conducted by Hamrick's expert in accident reconstruction.

2017-000990 - The State v. Stephon Robinson

The Court granted petitions by Stephon Robinson and the State for writs of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in State v. Robinson, Op. No. 2017-UP-065 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Feb. 1, 2017), in which the court of appeals found error in the trial court's application of two of the five factors enumerated in State v. Colf, 337 S.C. 622, 525 S.E.2d 246 (2000), but concluded any error in the admission of Robinson's prior convictions was harmless.

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