Supreme Court Published Opinions - March 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.
3-2-2016 - Opinions
27608 - Furr v. Horry County Zoning Board of Appeals
The Court dismissed the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted.
We reverse the court of appeals' opinion in State v. Anderson, Op. No. 2014-UP-282 (S.C. Ct. App. filed July 9, 2014), and find police officers did not have reasonable suspicion to detain Anderson and therefore the drugs found pursuant to that detention should have been suppressed.
The Court reverses in part and affirms in part the decision of the court of appeals in Thompson v. State, 409 S.C. 386, 762 S.E.2d 51 (Ct. App. 2014), and grants Thompson a hearing to determine whether his kidnapping convictions were sexual in nature.3-9-2016 - Opinions
27611 - In the Matter of Rosalee Hix Davis
This is an opinion in which the Court definitely suspends a lawyer.3-23-2016 - Opinions
The Court reverses the decision of the Court of Appeals in State v. Pearson, 410 S.C. 392, 764 S.E.2d 706 (Ct. App. 2014), holding the trial court did not err in denying Pearson's motion for a directed verdict.
The Court affirms the decision of the court of appeals, finding that the trial court did not err in refusing to charge particular language in its self-defense instruction.3-30-2016 - Opinions
The Court reverses the PCR judge's order denying petitioner relief.
27615 - Roddey v. Wal-Mart Stores
The Court reverses the court of appeals' decision affirming the trial court's grant of Wal-Mart's motion for a directed verdict on Petitioner's negligence claim and remands for a new trial.
27616 - In the Matter of Charles E. Houston
This is a disciplinary opinion in which the Court suspends a lawyer.
The Court granted a writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals to review its decision in State v. Robinson, 408 S.C. 268, 758 S.E.2d 725 (Ct. App. 2014). The Court of Appeals' decision is affirmed as modified.
27618 - In the Matter of Howard B. Hammer
In Hammer, the Court suspended respondent from the practice of law for one year after respondent pled guilty to leaving the scene with property damage.
This consolidation of five separate lawsuits instituted by county administrators and registers of deeds in Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties alleged MERSCORP Holdings, Inc., Mortgage Electronic Registrations Systems, Inc. (MERS), and numerous banking institutions have engaged in a practice of fraudulent recordings that have disrupted the integrity of the public index. The petitioners filed a motion to dismiss, which the trial court denied. This Court granted the petitioners writ of certiorari pursuant to Rule 245, SCACR, and we now reverse the decision of the trial court and dismiss the respondents' suits.