Supreme Court Published Opinions - December 2016
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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.
12-7-2016 - Opinions
27686 - In the Matter of John Locklair
This is a disciplinary opinion in which the Court disbars a lawyer.
In this opinion, the Court finds the post-conviction relief judge applied the incorrect standard in determining the PCR applicant knowingly and intelligently waived his right to direct appeal, but affirms the issue on appeal.
27688 - In the Matter of David Reuwer
In this opinion, the Court publicly reprimands David Paul Reuwer for violations of various attorney disciplinary rules.
27689 - In the Matter of John Owens
The Court disbars John Kevin Owens retroactively to the date of his interim suspension, Mary 5, 2014.
The Court affirms as modified the Court of Appeals decision in State v. Berry, 413 S.C. 118, 775 S.E.2d 51 (Ct. App. 2015).12-14-2016 - Opinions
In this capital Post-Conviction Relief ("PCR") case, Petitioner filed a second PCR application alleging, among other things, that his prior PCR counsel were not qualified under section 17-27-160(B) of the South Carolina Code. We reverse the PCR judge's summary dismissal and remand for a determination of whether prior PCR counsel were statutorily qualified to represent Petitioner in capital PCR proceedings.