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Supreme Court Published Opinions - June 2022

Note: Beginning in June 2012, opinions will be posted as Adobe PDFs. You can download a free copy of Adobe Reader here.

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.

6-8-2022 - Opinions

28097 - In the Interest of Christopher H.

We granted the State's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals decision in Int. of Christopher H., 432 S.C. 600, 854 S.E.2d 853 (Ct. App. 2021). Because the merits of the issues before the Court are now moot, we dismiss the petition for a writ of certiorari. We decline the State's request to vacate the opinion of the court of appeals.

6-15-2022 - Opinions

28098 - In Matter of Danny Oran Barker,

In this judicial disciplinary matter, the Court issues a public reprimand.

28099 - Bennett v. Estate of James Kelly King

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Bennett ex rel. Estate of Stevenson v. Estate of King, Op. No. 2019-UP-412 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Dec. 31, 2019).

6-29-2022 - Opinions

28100 - In the Matter of Anonymous Applicant for Admission to the South Carolina Bar

In this bar admissions matter, the Court grants Anonymous Applicant’s petition for admission to the practice of law in South Carolina, but delays his admission for one year due to Applicant’s lack of candor in his law school application and his misrepresentations on social media.

28101 - The State, Petitioner, v. Joseph Bowers, Respondent.

Joseph Bowers was involved in a multi-person shootout resulting in the deaths of two men and the injury of two others. A jury convicted him of voluntary manslaughter, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature (ABHAN), and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. The court of appeals held the trial court should not have charged the doctrine of mutual combat to the jury, but the State argues the jury instruction did not prejudice Bowers as to the ABHAN conviction. We disagree and affirm the court of appeals' decision to reverse the ABHAN conviction based on the erroneous jury instruction on the doctrine of mutual combat.