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7-6-2009 - Opinions
We reverse the decision of the Court of Appeals in Floyd v. Morgan, 375 S.C. 246, 652 S.E.2d 83 (Ct. App. 2007), which affirmed the family court's order reducing Respondent's child support obligation and denying Petitioner's request for attorney's fees.
26682 - Berkeley County School District v. SCDOR
In this original jurisdiction case, the Court reviews the South Carolina Department of Revenue's decision denying Plaintiffs reimbursement from the Homestead Exemption Fund for expenses incurred under lease purchase and installment-purchase agreement obligations for capital improvement projects. We grant judgment for the Plaintiffs.7-13-2009 - Opinions
In this case, we granted a writ of certiorari to review the post-conviction relief (PCR) court’s grant of Respondent Jack Randall Bennett’s request for relief. The State argues that the PCR court erred in ruling that Respondent received ineffective assistance of trial counsel and appellate counsel. We find that Respondent’s trial counsel and appellate counsel were not ineffective and reverse the PCR court’s grant of relief.
We reverse the PCR judge's order granting Respondent relief as to his plea of guilty to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of lewd act upon a child.
As a result of a videotaped sting operation, Jeremiah Dicapua was convicted and sentenced for distribution of crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Subsequently, the trial court sua sponte vacated the jury’s verdict. The State appealed. As Dicapua waived any direct challenge to the videotape by consenting to its admission, the court of appeals reversed the trial court’s sua sponte, new trial order and reinstated the sentence. State v. Dicapua, 373 S.C. 452, 455-56, 646 S.E.2d 150, 152 (Ct. App. 2007). We granted a writ of certiorari. We affirm.
26685 - Buffington v. T.O.E. Enterprises
The Court affirmed as modified the court of appeals’ opinion upholding the trial court’s order enforcing restrictive covenants which prohibited using certain property for commercial purposes against a car dealership.
26686 - In the Matter of David Arthur Braghirol
This is an attorney disciplinary matter.
26687 - In the Matter of Derwin Thomas Brannon
This is a disciplinary opinion in which the Court definitely suspended a lawyer.7-20-2009 - Opinions
We granted a petition for a writ of certiorari to review an order denying Ervin McMillian's application for post-conviction relief.7-20-2009 - Orders
ORDER - In the Matter of Jason Thomas Kellett
This order places Jason Thomas Kellett on interim suspension pursuant to Rule 17, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR, and appoints Richard S. Stewart to protect the interests of Mr. Kellett's clients.7-27-2009 - Opinions
26689 - Williamson v. Middleton
In this case, the Court reversed the finding of the Court of Appeals that the Respondent incurred attorney’s fees.
The Court held that owners of land that abuts a highway do not owe travelers a duty for normal and natural conditions on that highway.
We reverse the PCR judge's order granting Respondent a new trial on the ground his trial counsel was ineffective in failing to object to certain comments made by the solicitor during his closing argument.
26693 - In the Matter of Lexington County Magistrate Jamie Thomas Lucas
In this opinion the Court issued a public reprimand for misconduct committed by former Lexington County Magistrate Jamie Lucas.
26694 - Law Firm of Erickson v. Boykin
The Court reversed the decision of the Court of appeals, and severed the last sentence of § 15-35-940 (B).