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Supreme Court Published Opinions - March 2018

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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.

3-7-2018 - Opinions

27774 - State v. Alston

The Court granted Alston's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' decision in State v. Alston, Op. No. 2015-UP-381 (S.C. Ct. App. filed July 29, 2015), wherein the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's denial of Alston's motion to suppress drug evidence found in his vehicle following a traffic stop. We affirm as modified.

27775 - Richland County v. SCDOR

The Court affirms the trial court's issuance of a writ of mandamus, denial of Richland County's request for an injunction, and refusal to appoint a receiver. The Court reverses the trial court's denial of DOR's motion for an injunction and remands for further proceedings on the merits.

27776 - County of Florence v. West Florence Fire District

The Court holds the West Florence Fire District violates Article VIII, section 7 of the South Carolina Constitution.

3-14-2018 - Opinions

27777 - In the Matter of Rose Marie Cooper

In this opinion, the Court publicly reprimands Rose Marie Cooper.

27778 - In the Matter John W. Bledsoe, III

In this opinion, the Court publicly reprimands John W. Bledsoe, III.

27779 - In the Matter of Stephen A. Yacobi

In this opinion, the Court publicly reprimands Stephen A. Yacobi.

27780 - In the Matter of John W. Swan

In this opinion, the Court publicly reprimands John W. Swan.

27781 - In the Matter of J. Marcus Whitlark

In this opinion, the Court suspends J. Marcus Whitlark from the practice of law for six months.

27782 - Gooldy v. The Storage Center

The Court reverses the court of appeals, holding Gooldy was entitled to the presumption of an implied easement and that evidence in the record supported the master's finding that the parties to the 1986 conveyance intended to convey an easement.

27783 - Roddey v. Wal-Mart

We certified this appeal pursuant to Rule 204(b), SCACR, to review the circuit court's decision striking the appellant's negligent hiring, training, supervision, and entrustment action and barring any evidence in support of the action on the basis of res judicata. We affirm.

27784 - Milledge v. State

We reverse the PCR court's decision to grant Respondent a new trial.

3-21-2018 - Opinions

27785 - Thompson v. State

The Court reverses the post-conviction relief (PCR) court's denial of PCR and remands the matter to the court of general sessions for a new trial. We hold trial counsel was deficient for not objecting to both the inadmissible hearsay testimony and inadmissible testimony which improperly bolstered the victim's credibility. We hold there is no probative evidence in the record to support the PCR court's findings that Petitioner was not prejudiced by these deficiencies.

3-28-2018 - Opinions

27787 - In the Matter of Joel F. Geer

The Court finds Respondent Joel F. Geer committed misconduct and suspends Respondent from the practice of law.