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Supreme Court Published Opinions - May 2003

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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.

5-5-2003 - Opinions

25646 - Harris v. State

The State asks this court to review the PCR judge’s grant of respondent’s PCR application on the grounds that respondent’s trial counsel failed to object to the trial judge’s refusal to charge voluntary manslaughter

25647 - In the Matter of Myers

In this opinion, the Court gave Solicitor Donald V. Myers a private reprimand for Myers' failure to properly supervise his Deputy Solicitor Fran Humphries. The Court also issued Myers a letter of caution for his tacit participation in his

5-5-2003 - Orders

ORDER - In the Matter of Timothy Vincent Norton
This order places Timothy Vincent Norton on interim suspension and appoints James G. Christmas to protect the interests of Mr. Norton's clients pursuant to Rule 31, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR.
ORDER - In the Matter of Charles W. Blackwell
This order places Charles W. Blackwell on interim suspension and appoints William P. Murdock, Jr. to protect the rights of Mr. Blackwell's clients pursuant to Rule 31, RLDE.
ORDER - Amendments to the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure and the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
The South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure have been amended to add Rule 41.1 entitled
ORDER - Amendment to Rule 3(b), SCRCP
The Supreme Court has amended Rule 3(b), SCRCP. This amendment is effective May 5, 2003.
5-12-2003 - Opinions

25648 - Sauner v. Public Service Authority

In this class action, leaseholders challenged Santee Cooper's decision to sell their improved lots on several different theories, including breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment.

25649 - State v. Bryant

This is an appeal from a death penalty case. Appellant alleges the trial judge erred by denying his motion for a new trial based on the assertion that contact between law enforcement and jurors' family members compromised the impartiality of the jury in contravention of the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

5-19-2003 - Opinions

25651 - Kahn v. Three Rivers Bank & Trust

This case finds allegations of agency were sufficient at the pre-trial stage to support long-arm jurisdiction.

25653 - In the Matter of Charles E. Feeley

This opinion disbars Charles E. Feeley for assisting a client in a fraudulent check scheme.

25654 - Gaskins v. Southern Farm Bureau

Determines whether South Carolina recognizes a tort for an insurance company fraudulently inducing an insured to sign a release of claims.

25655 - Olmstead v. Shakespeare

Petitioner appeals from the Court of Appeals’ decision finding that Respondent is not Shakespeare’s statutory employee.

5-19-2003 - Orders

ORDER - In the Matter of Maria Reichmanis
This order places Maria Reichmanis on interim suspension and appoints Michael A. Mann to protect the interests of Ms. Reichmanis' clients.
ORDER - In the Matter of Douglas A. Barker
Respondent reinstated to the practice of law.
5-27-2003 - Opinions

25656 - Anderson v. State

Whether appellate counsel provided ineffective assistance by not filing a petition for certiorari to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

5-27-2003 - Orders

ORDER - Administrative Suspensions for Failure to Pay License Fees or Comply with Continuing Legal Education Requirements
The Supreme Court has issued an order relating to how Rule 419, SCACR, is going to be applied to lawyers suspended prior to the adoption of that rule. Lawyers who were suspended prior to September 6, 2000, for the failure to pay bar license fees or the failure to comply with CLE requirements, have until June 1, 2004, to seek reinstatement and, if they fail to do so, their membership in the South Carolina Bar will be terminated.