Supreme Court of South Carolina


Event Date and Time:  Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 9:30 AM

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Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

09:30 a.m.
2017-001540    Government Employees Insurance Company, Plaintiff, v. Jack A. Poole, individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Jennifer Knight Poole, Defendant.

J.R. Murphy and Wesley B. Sawyer, both of Murphy & Grantland, of Columbia, for Plaintiff. Angela Christy Tyner and Ronald A. Maxwell, Sr., both of Maxwell Law Firm, P.C., of Aiken, for Defendants. 

The Court answers the following certified question from the U.S. District Court: Under South Carolina law, when an insured seeks coverage under an automobile insurance policy, must punitive damages be apportioned pro rata between those sustained for bodily injury and those sustained for property damage where the insurance policy is a split limits policy?

10:00 a.m. 
2014-000764    The State, Respondent, v. Stephanie Irene Greene, Appellant.

Clarence Rauch Wise, of Greenwood, for Appellant. Attorney General Alan M. Wilson and Senior Assistant Attorney General David A. Spencer, both of Columbia, and Solicitor Barry Joe Barnette, of Spartanburg, for Respondent. 

Stephanie Irene Greene was convicted of homicide by child abuse, involuntary manslaughter, and unlawful conduct towards a child. Greene appealed and this Court certified the appeal. Greene alleges the trial court erred in (1) not directing a verdict for Greene on all three charges because the State did not prove the morphine in Greene's deceased child came from breastfeeding, (2) not directing a verdict for Greene or granting Greene a new trial on the homicide by child abuse charge because the State did not prove Greene acted with extreme indifference, (3) not instructing the jury that convicting Greene of more than one of the charges would violate double jeopardy, and (4) not requiring the State in its closing argument to open on the law and the facts of the case and reply only to arguments raised in Greene's closing argument.

10:30 a.m. 
2017-002083    In the Matter of John B. Kern, Respondent.

Disciplinary Counsel John Nichols and Assistant Disciplinary Counsel Joe P. Turner, both of Columbia, for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. John B. Kern, of Republic of San Marino, pro se Respondent. 

This is an attorney disciplinary matter.