Supreme Court Published Opinions - December 2015
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12-2-2015 - Opinions
The Court reversed the court of appeals' decision, Bass v. S.C. Dep't of Soc. Servs., 403 S.C. 184, 742 S.E.2d 667 (Ct. App. 2013), finding there was evidence that South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) acted in a grossly negligent manner, and therefore, the court of appeals erred in finding the trial court should have granted DSS's motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict. However, the Court found that the outrage cause of action was not supported by the evidence, but because the parties used a general verdict form, the Court reinstated the verdict in its entirety, subject to the limitations on damages imposed by the Tort Claims Act.
The Court affirms as modified the court of appeals' decision reversing the trial court's grant of summary judgment to Trinity Manufacturing, Inc., and Matrix Outsourcing, LLC, and reverses and remands the court of appeals' decision affirming the trial court's jury charge on the sophisticated user doctrine.
The Court dismissed the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted.12-9-2015 - Opinions
The Court granted certiorari to determine whether the trial court erred in charging the jury with the lesser-included offense of voluntary manslaughter. We reverse Petitioner's conviction for voluntary manslaughter, finding no evidence to support he acted in the sudden heat of passion.
The Court directs the Court of Appeals to depublish its opinion in Mack v. Lott, 410 S.C. 28, 762 S.E.2d 719 (Ct. App. 2014). The Court then dismisses the writ as improvidently granted.12-23-2015 - Opinions
The Court reverses the court of appeals' decision in State v. Larmand, 402 S.C. 184, 739 S.E.2d 898 (Ct. App. 2013), and finds that the State presented sufficient circumstantial evidence to overcome the defendant's motion for a directed verdict.
The Court reverses the court of appeals, which reversed the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Petitioner SLED.
The Court vacated the Court of Appeals' opinion as it related to the novel issue of privacy interests in historical cell site data information, finding there were other grounds on which to affirm petitioner's conviction and sentence.