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Supreme Court Published Opinions - May 2017

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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.

5-3-2017 - Opinions

27716 - In the Interest of Justin B.

Justin B., a minor, was found delinquent for committing criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the first degree. The family court imposed the mandatory, statutory requirement that he register as a sex offender and wear an electronic monitor, both for life. Justin B. claims the mandatory imposition of lifetime registration and electronic monitoring on juveniles is unconstitutional. We affirm the family court.

5-11-2017 - Opinions

27684 - SCDDSN v. Linkhorn

After certifying this appeal pursuant to Rule 204(b), SCACR, the Court reverses the circuit court's decision, finding the circuit court erred in applying the definition of "person with intellectual disability" under section 44-23-10 of the South Carolina Code to the outcome of this case.

27717 - In the Matter of McGurk

This is an opinion in which the Court definitely suspends a lawyer.

27718 - Rodarte v. USC

The Court reverses the court of appeals and reinstates the trial court's entry of summary judgment for Petitioners.

5-17-2017 - Opinions

27719 - Donze v. General Motors

The United States District Court for the District of South Carolina certified two questions to this Court regarding the availability of certain defenses in crashworthiness cases brought under strict liability or breach of warranty theories, and we answer both in the negative.

27720 - Fullbright v. Spinnaker Resorts

The Court answers the certified questions: (1) No, the Real Estate Commission does not have exclusive jurisdiction to determine violations of the Timeshare Act; (2) No, a finding of a violation of the Timeshare Act by the Real Estate Commission is not a condition precedent to bringing a private cause of action under the Timeshare Act; and (3) No, the Real Estate Commission's findings are not binding on the courts, unless they have been subjected to judicial review and found to be lawful.

5-31-2017 - Opinions

27721 - In the Matter of Magistrate Gordon Blackwell Johnson

27722 - State v. Blackwell

In this consolidated direct appeal and mandatory review from a sentence of death, we affirm Appellant's convictions of murder and kidnapping and sentence of death.