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Supreme Court Published Opinions - June 2001

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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.

6-4-2001 - Opinions

25299 - Poole v. Incentives Unlimited

This case involves whether continued at-will employment is sufficient consideration to support a covenant not to compete entered into during an ongoing employment relationship.

25300 - State v. Graddick

This criminal appeal addresses issues involving (1) counsel's motion to be relieved, (2) cross-examination of a defense witness, and (3) a circumstantial evidence charge.

6-11-2001 - Opinions

25301 - State v. Prioleau

Improper admission of hearsay testimony held harmless in light of competent evidence of defendant's guilt including victims' identifications of defendant as perpetrator; reversing Court of Appeals.

25302 - State v. Dinkins

Improper admission of hearsay testimony held harmless in light of competent evidence of defendant's guilt including victims' identifications of defendant as perpetrator, defendant's confession; affirming Court of Appeals.

25303 - Vaughn v. Bernhardt

The Court finds that a non-contributing party to a joint bank account loses his right to survivorship when he withdraws all of the funds from the joint

25304 - Johnson v. Catoe

This matter in the Court's original jurisdiction involves the issue of whether the standard for a new trial has been met based upon after-discovered evidence.

25305 - In the Matter of Looper

Opinion publicly reprimanding former magistrate.

25306 - In the Matter of Lynah

Opinion suspending magistrate for nine months.

25307 - Sea Cabins v. City of North Myrtle Beach

This is an action involving an alleged temporary taking of a private pier.

6-25-2001 - Opinions

25308 - Tate v. State

This is a post-conviction relief matter involving a challenge to the indictments.

25309 - Brannon v. State

PCR case holding withdrawal of defendant's PCR application wasn't knowing and voluntary.

25310 - Alston v. Black River Electric Cooperative

This case presents the novel issue of whether members of an electric cooperative should be per se disqualified from serving on a jury when the cooperative is a party.

25311 - George v. Fabri

This is an appeal from summary judgment in a defamation action.

25312 - Ezell v. State

This post-conviction relief case raises the issue of what the appropriate remedy is for the ineffective assistance of appellate counsel.

25313 - Doe v. Batson

This case involves the premature grant of summary judgment where a complaint alleged failure to warn of the dangerous propensities of an adult child.

25314 - Humbert v. State

Post-conviction relief proceeding in which applicant asserts ineffective assistance of counsel for failure of attorney to object to defendant wearing prison jumpsuit during jury trial.

6-30-2001 - Orders

ORDER - Relaxation of Rule 238(c), SCACR, for State Agencies
The Supreme Court has relaxed Rule 238(b), SCACR, to allow state agencies to submit double-sided copies of filing to assist them during the current budget crisis.
ORDER - State v. Benjamin
ORDER - Amendments to South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
The Supreme Court has promulgated rules governing the professional conduct of court interpreters. These rules, which will be contained in Rule 511, SCACR, are effective immediately.
ORDER - In the Matter of C. H. Barrier