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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.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
 10:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2019-001345   The State, Petitioner, v. Billy Lemurces Taylor, Respondent.

Attorney General Alan Wilson, Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka, Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General Melody J. Brown, all of Columbia and Solicitor W. Walter Wilkins, III, of Greenville, for Petitioner. Appellate Defender David Alexander, of Columbia, for Respondent.

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in State v. Taylor, 427 S.C. 208, 829 S.E.2d 723 (2019).

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2019-001019   The State, Respondent, v. Rhajon Akeem Reshae Sanders, Petitioner.

Deputy Chief Appellate Defender Wanda H. Carter, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General William M. Blitch, Jr., both of Columbia and Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson, of Charleston, for Respondent.

Rhajon Sanders was convicted of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The State alleged Sanders fired gun shots at another man from the front porch of his home in Charleston, South Carolina, and Sanders claimed that he acted in self-defense. The trial court sentenced Sanders to fifteen years' imprisonment, and the court of appeals affirmed. This Court granted Sanders's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision. We will consider whether the court of appeals erred in upholding the trial court's decision to (1) deny his request for an "act on appearances" charge to the jury, (2) exclude evidence that Sanders lived in a high crime neighborhood, (3) refuse to allow Sanders to refer to the dangerous, "high crime" nature of his neighborhood during his closing argument, and (4) deny his request for a "no duty to retreat" jury instruction.

Thursday, June 11, 2020
 10:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2019-000816   Angela D. Keene, Individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Dennis Seay, Deceased, and Linda Seay, Respondents, v. CNA Holdings, LLC, Petitioner.

C. Mitchell Brown, Allen Mattison Bogan and Blake Terence Williams, of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP of Columbia, and Richard C. Godfrey, of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP of Chicago, Illinois, for Petitioner. John D. Kassel and Theile Branham McVey of Kassel McVey of Columbia, Bert G. Utsey, III of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick, PA of Charleston, and Chris Panatier and Kevin W. Paul, of Simon Greenstone Panatier, PC of Dallas, Texas, for Respondents.

Angela Keene, individually and as personal representative of the Estate of Dennis Seay, filed a wrongful death action against CNA Holdings, LLC, the successor in interest of the Hoechst Celanese Corporation. CNA Holdings argues Seay was a statutory employee of Celanese, as defined by ยง 42-1-400 of the South Carolina Code (2015), so the exclusive remedy was the Workers' Compensation Act, not a wrongful death action. We granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals decision that Seay was not a statutory employee. Keene v. CNA Holdings, LLC, 426 S.C. 357, 827 S.E.2d 183 (Ct. App. 2019).

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2018-002128   The State, Respondent, v. James H. Harrison, Appellant.

Elizabeth Van Doren Gray, Robert E. Stepp and Vordman Carlisle Traywick, III, all of Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, of Columbia, for Appellant. Solicitor David M. Pascoe, Jr. and Assistant Solicitor W. Baker Allen, both of Orangeburg, for Respondent.