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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.

27687 - Kinard v. State

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.

27690 - State v. Berry

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

27691 - Robertson v. State

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.