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10-2-2019 - Opinions
We granted Scott Ledford's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' decision in Ledford v. Department of Public Safety, Op. No. 2018-UP-280 (S.C. Ct. App. filed June 27, 2018). We reverse the decision of the Court of Appeals, vacate the orders of Commissioner Barden and the Workers' Compensation Commission Appellate Panel, and remand for a new hearing before a single commissioner.
In this post-conviction relief (PCR) matter, Korey Lamar Love moved at the outset of his PCR hearing to amend his application for relief to add four additional grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel. This appeal centers upon only one of those additional grounds, specifically that trial counsel was ineffective for failing to object to a portion of the State's closing argument. The State objected to the amendments, and the PCR court denied Love's motion to amend, finding the State would be unfairly prejudiced by allowing Love to amend his PCR application upon such short notice. We granted Love a writ of certiorari to address whether the PCR court erred by not allowing him to amend his application to add the ground concerning the State's closing argument. We reverse the PCR court's denial of Love's motion to amend to add that one ground, and we remand this matter to the PCR court and instruct the PCR court to consider the merits of this additional ground.