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6-3-2020 - Opinions
The Court dismisses the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted.
We affirm as modified the court of appeals' decision in State v. Kotowski, 427 S.C. 119, 828 S.E.2d 605 (Ct. App. 2019).
Billy Phillips was convicted of murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. We hold the trial court erred in not sustaining Phillips' objections to the testimony of the State's DNA analyst. We reverse and remand for a new trial.
We granted writs of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Wilson v. Gandis, Op. No. 2018-UP-078 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Feb. 7, 2018). We affirm the court of appeals as modified and remand to the trial court.6-10-2020 - Opinions
We hold the court of appeals erred in affirming the circuit court's ruling quashing the indictment for first-degree burglary on the basis the premises entered did not qualify as a dwelling. Accordingly, we reverse the decision of the court of appeals and remand the matter to the circuit court for further proceedings.6-17-2020 - Opinions
The Court reverses Petitioner's convictions and remands for a new trial, finding felony attempted-murder is not a recognized crime in South Carolina, and the trial court may not give an implied malice jury charge when there is also evidence the defendant acted in self-defense.
In this estate matter, we conclude Respondent is not the surviving spouse of the decedent, James Brown. Consequently, we reverse the decision of the court of appeals and remand the matter to the circuit court for further proceedings. Upon remand, the circuit court shall promptly proceed with the probate of Brown's estate in accordance with his estate plan.6-24-2020 - Opinions
In this attorney disciplinary matter, the Court accepted an Agreement for Discipline by Consent entered into between Respondent and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and disbarred Respondent for providing numerous false statements and incomplete answers on her application for admission to practice law in South Carolina.
In this attorney disciplinary matter, the Court accepted an Agreement for Discipline by Consent entered into between Respondent and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and disbarred Respondent for misappropriating client funds; committing a criminal act; engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.
We dismiss the State's petition for a writ of certiorari as improvidently granted.