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2-3-2003 - Opinions
In this termination of parental rights case, the Court of Appeals analyzes the efficacy of S.C. Code Ann. section 20-7-1572(3) (failure to visit) and section 20-7-1572(4) (failure to support) as grounds for termination of the father's parental rights.
Defamation action in which Court of Appeals reverses trial court's decision to direct a verdict for defendant based on plaintiff's failure to prove actual malice.
In this action alleging breach of contract and bad faith refusal to pay insurance proceeds, the issue is whether the plaintiff had an insurable interest in property leased with an option to purchase.
2-18-2003 - Opinions
In this criminal action, the parties litigated on appeal the admissibility of the battered spouse syndrome and whether the defendant was entitled to a jury charge on involuntary manslaughter.
This criminal appeal involves two questions: (1) whether an in camera hearing is required when a witness does not make a pretrial identification of the defendant; and (2) whether the trial court erred by prohibiting a defendant from exercising a peremptory strike.
2-24-2003 - Opinions
In this criminal matter, the appellant appeals his convictions for trafficking in cocaine and unlawful possession of a pistol. He contends the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress the evidence, which was obtained as the result of an unlawful pat-down search of appellant, a passenger in a lawfully stopped vehicle.