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Supreme Court - Roster of Cases for Hearing

   
The summary below each case is prepared to offer lawyers and the public a general overview of what issues are included in a case which will be argued. The summary is not a limit on what issues a party to a case may present at oral argument.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Supreme Court Courtroom
 09:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2020-001434   The State, Respondent, v. Sidney Moorer, Petitioner.

Appellate Defender Susan B. Hackett, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General Deborah R.J. Shupe, Senior Assistant Attorney General Mark R. Farthing, all of Columbia, and Solicitor Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Jimmy A. Richardson, II, of Conway, for Respondent.

The Court will hear arguments as to whether the court of appeals erred in affirming the trial court's denial of petitioner's directed verdict motion based upon its conclusion that petitioner's lies and omissions to police constituted obstruction of justice.

 10:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2021-000786   Boyd Rashaeen Evans, Petitioner, v. State of South Carolina, Respondent.

Appellate Defender Susan B. Hackett, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka, Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Melody J. Brown, Assistant Attorney General W. Joseph Maye, of Columbia and Solicitor, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, S. Rick Hubbard, III, of Lexington, for Respondent.

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Evans v. State, Op. No. 2021-UP-099 (S.C. Ct. App. filed March 31, 2021). The Court will determine whether the circuit court erred in denying Evans post-conviction relief based on his ineffective assistance of counsel claim.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Supreme Court Courtroom
 09:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2021-000149   ArrowPointe Federal Credit Union, Respondent, v. Jimmy Eugene Bailey; Laura Jean Bailey; and U.S. Bank National Association not in its individual capacity but solely in its capacity as Indenture Trustee for WVUE 2015-1, Defendants, Of which U.S. Bank National Association not in its individual capacity but solely in its capacity as Indenture Trustee for WVUE 2015-1 is the Petitioner.

Shaun C. Blake and Drew B. Walker, both of Rogers, Lewis, Jackson, Mann & Quinn, LLC, and Sean Foerster, of Rogers, Townsend & Thomas, PC, all of Columbia, for Petitioner. Christy C. Jones, of Sherpy & Jones, PA, and Jonathan M. Milling, of Milling Law Firm, LLC, both of Columbia, for Respondent.

This Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in ArrowPointe Federal Credit Union v. Bailey, 423 S.C. 373, 852 S.E.2d 473 (Ct. App. 2020). We will determine whether South Carolina law recognizes the doctrine of replacement mortgage, and if so, whether the doctrine applies in this case.

 10:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2021-000174   Amy Kovach, Plaintiff, v. Joshua S. Whitley and Karen Whitley, in her Individual Capacity, Respondents, And Joshua S. Whitley, Defendant/Counterclaimant, v. Amy Kovach, Plaintiff/Counterclaim Defendant, And Joshua S. Whitley, Defendant/Third-Party Plaintiff, v. Rodney Thompson, Third-Party Defendant, Of whom Amy Kovach is the Petitioner.

M. Dawes Cooke, Jr., of Barnwell, Whaley, Patterson & Helms, LLC, of Charleston, for Petitioner. Joshua S. Whitley, of Smyth Whitley, LLC, of Charleston, Jeffrey A. Breit, of Breit, Cantor, Grana, Buckner, PLLC, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Wm. Howell Morrison, of Haynsworth, Sinkler, Boyd, PA, of Charleston, all for Respondents.

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Kovach v. Whitley, Op. No. 2020-UP-336 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Dec. 9, 2020).

Thursday, May 19, 2022
Supreme Court Courtroom
 09:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2020-001595   The State, Petitioner, v. Charles Brandon Rampey, Respondent.

Attorney General Alan Wilson, Assistant Attorney General William M. Blitch, Jr., both of Columbia, and Solicitor, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, William W. Wilkins, III, of Greenville, for Petitioner. William G. Yarborough, III, and Lauren C. Hobbis, both of William G. Yarborough, III, Attorney at Law, LLC, of Greenville, for Respondent.

The question before the Court is whether the court of appeals erred in reversing Charles Rampey's conviction based on an Allen charge that the court of appeals determined was unconstitutionally coercive.

 10:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2020-001665   The State, Respondent, v. Stewart Jerome Middleton, Petitioner.

Chief Appellate Defender Robert M. Dudek, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General William M. Blitch, Jr., of Columbia, and Solicitor Ninth Judicial Circuit, Scarlett A. Wilson, of Charleston, for Respondent.

A jury convicted Stewart Jerome Middleton of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, and the court of appeals affirmed. State v. Middleton, Op. No. 2020-UP-271 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Sept. 30, 2020). The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' opinion and determine whether the trial court erred in allowing a detective to testify that Middleton failed to show up for interview appointments and delayed giving a statement to the police.

 

Cases to be Submitted Without Oral Argument

Anthony Allan Jones, II, Petitioner, v. State of South Carolina, Respondent.

Elizabeth Franklin-Best, of Elizabeth Franklin-Best PC, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson and Assistant Attorney General Lauren T. Mims, both of Columbia, for Respondent.

Maunwell Ervin, Respondent, v. State of South Carolina, Petitioner.

Attorney General Alan Wilson and Senior Assistant Attorney General David A. Spencer, both of Columbia, for Petitioner. C. Rauch Wise, of Greenwood, for Respondent.