Court of Appeals Published Opinions - November 2014
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11-5-2014 - Opinions
In this post-conviction relief (PCR) action, we affirm the PCR court's order granting Chico Bell's application for relief.
Daniel D'Angelo Jackson appeals his convictions for murder and armed robbery. He argues he was denied his Sixth Amendment right of confrontation when the trial court admitted the redacted statements of his nontestifying codefendant Reginald Canty. We reverse.
5279 - Brock v. Town of Mount Pleasant
Stephen Brock sued the Town of Mount Pleasant (the Town) under South Carolina's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Public Records Retention Act (RRA), requesting declaratory judgments and injunctive relief relating to how the Town conducted its meetings and kept its records. The trial court granted the requested relief as to some issues and awarded Brock $42,000.00 in attorney's fees and costs. Brock appeals, arguing the trial court erred in failing to: (1) find the Town violated FOIA when it took action on matters without giving the public proper notice; (2) find the Town violated FOIA when its announcements of executive sessions violated FOIA's specific purpose provision; (3) find the Town violated RRA by deleting e-mails; and (4) award the full amount of requested attorney's fees and costs. We affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand.
11-12-2014 - Opinions
A jury convicted Donna Lynn Phillips of homicide by child abuse in connection with the death of her grandson. On appeal, Phillips argues the trial court erred by denying her directed verdict motion because the State's evidence was insufficient to prove her guilt. We affirm.
11-26-2014 - Opinions
5263 - The Milton P. Demetre Family Limited Partnership v. Harry Beckmann, III
In this action to quiet title, the Milton P. Demetre Family Limited Partnership (Demetre) appeals an order of the Master-in-Equity (the master), arguing the master erred in finding Demetre did not quiet title to certain property on Folly Island. We affirm in part and vacate in part.