Supreme Court of South Carolina

Wed, 2017-03-01 09:30

 

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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, March 1, 2017

09:30 a.m.   2015-002401    The State, Respondent, v. Lamont Antonio Samuel, Petitioner.

Appellate Defender Robert M. Pachak, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Chief Deputy Attorney General J. Robert Bolchoz, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka and Senior Assistant Attorney General William Edgar Salter, III, all of Columbia; and Solicitor David Michael Pascoe, Jr., of Orangeburg, for Respondent. 

The Court granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in State v. Samuel, 414 S.C. 206, 777 S.E.2d 398 (Ct. App. 2015).

10:00 a.m.   2016-000999    The City of Columbia, Respondent, v. Johnnie L. Clark and Harriet Clark, Appellants.

Henry Pickett Wall, of Bruner Powell Wall & Mullins, LLC, of Columbia, for Appellants. Jessica R. Mangum, of Office of the City Attorney, of Columbia, for Respondent. 

In municipal court, Johnnie L. Clark and Harriet Clark were found guilty of violating subsection 8-67(c) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia. The Clarks appealed and the circuit court denied the appeal. The Clarks now appeal the circuit court's order, pursuant to Rule 203(d)(1)(A)(ii) of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules, claiming (1) their First Amendment arguments are preserved for review, and (2) the municipal court erred in applying the incorrect legal standard to their First Amendment claims.

10:30 a.m.    2015-002103    Linda Rodarte, J. Perry Kimball, George M. Lee, III, Mena H. Gardiner, and John Love, Plaintiffs, Of whom George M. Lee, III, Mena H. Gardiner and John Love are Respondents, v. University of South Carolina and University of South Carolina Gamecock Club, Petitioners.

Robert E. Stepp and Bess J. DuRant, both of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, of Columbia, for Petitioners. J. Lewis Cromer and Julius W. Babb, IV, both of J. Lewis Cromer & Associates, LLC, of Columbia, for Respondents. 

The Court reviews the court of appeals' decision in Rodarte v. University of South Carolina, Op. No. 2015-UP-357 (S.C. Ct. App. filed July 15, 2015).

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

09:30 a.m.    2016-000005    The State, Respondent, v. Harold Bennon Cartwright, III, Petitioner.

Chief Appellate Defender Robert Michael Dudek, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan McCrory Wilson and Senior Assistant Attorney General David A. Spencer, both of Columbia and Solicitor Strom Thurmond, Jr., of Aiken, all for Respondent. 

The Court granted certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' decision in State v. Cartwright, Op. No. 2015-UP-466 (S.C. Ct. App. September 30, 2015), wherein the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's decision to admit evidence regarding Petitioner's consciousness of guilt and qualify a witness as an expert in child sexual abuse dynamics.

10:00 a.m.    2016-000405    Claude McAlhany, Respondent, v. Kenneth A. Carter, Sr. d/b/a Carter & Son Pest Control, Carter & Son Pest Control, Inc. and Erick Cogburn, Petitioners.

James C. Cox, III and Trevor M. Hughey, both of Grier, Cox & Cranshaw, LLC, of Columbia, Richard Ness and Alison D. Hood, both of Ness & Jett, LLC, of Bamberg, for Petitioners. William F. Barnes, III and R. Alexander Murdaugh, both of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick, PA, of Hampton, for Respondent. 

The Court granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in McAlhany v. Carter, 415 S.C. 54, 781 S.E.2d 105 (Ct. App. 2015).

10:30 a.m.  2016-002464    In the Matter of Heather Mary Boone McKeever, Respondent.

Disciplinary Counsel Lesley M. Coggiola and Deputy Disciplinary Counsel Barbara M. Seymour, both of Columbia, for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Joseph Stephen Schmutz and John E. Romanosky, Jr., both of Charleston, for Respondent. 

This is an attorney disciplinary matter.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

09:30 a.m.   2015-002018    Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., successor-by-merger to Wachovia Bank, N.A., Respondent, v. Fallon Properties South Carolina, LLC, Timothy R. Fallon, Susan C. Fallon, Fallon Luminous Products

Corporation, GE Business Capital Corporation, formerly Transamerica Business Capital Corporation, and FSD Repurchase Solutions, LLC, and South Carolina Department of Revenue, Defendants, Of Whom Fallon Properties South Carolina, LLC, Timothy R. Fallon and Susan C. Fallon are the Petitioners.

Alexander Hray, Jr., of Spartanburg, for Petitioners. Robert L. Widener, of McNair Law Firm, P.A., of Columbia and Weyman C. Carter, of McNair Law Firm, P.A., of Greenville, for Respondent. 

The Court granted certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' order, which granted Respondent's motion to dismiss on the grounds that Petitioners failed to timely serve a notice of appeal.

10:00 a.m.    2016-000980    The State, Respondent, v. Deangelo Mitchell, Defendant, and AA Ace Bail by Frances and Palmetto Surety Corp., as Surety, Petitioners.

Robert T. Williams, Sr. and Benjamin A. Stitely, both of Williams Stitely & Brink, PC, of Lexington, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson and Assistant Attorney General V. Henry Gunter, Jr., both of Columbia and Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson, of Charleston, for Respondent. 

10:30 a.m.    2016-000862    The State, Respondent, v. Jonathan Xavier Miller, Petitioner.

Deputy Chief Appellate Defender Wanda H. Carter, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson and Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General J. Benjamin Aplin, Solicitor Daniel Edward Johnson and Assistant Solicitor Brent H. Arant, all of Columbia, for Respondent. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

09:30 a.m.    2016-000072    The State, Respondent, v. James Allen Johnson, Petitioner.

Assistant Appellate Defender David Alexander, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Chief Deputy Attorney General J. Robert Bolchoz, Senior Assistant Attorney General J. Benjamin Aplin, Assistant Attorney General Susannah R. Cole, all of Columbia and Solicitor William W. Wilkins, III, of Greenville, for Respondent. 

10:00 a.m.  2012-213468    Marion Bowman, Petitioner, v. State of South Carolina, Respondent.

Chief Appellate Defender Robert M. Dudek, Appellate Defender David Alexander and Michael Anzelmo, of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, LLP, all of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Chief Deputy Attorney General J. Robert Bolchoz, Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka and Assistant Attorney General Alphonso Simon, Jr., all of Columbia, for Respondent. 

In this post-conviction relief matter, the Court determines whether there is any evidence to support the finding that defense counsel was not ineffective for failing to object to the State's evidence of favorable prison conditions during the penalty phase of Petitioner's capital murder trial.

10:30 a.m.    2016-002528    In the Matter of Robert Clenten Campbell, Respondent.

Disciplinary Counsel Lesley M. Coggiola and Deputy Disciplinary Counsel Barbara Marie Seymour, both of Columbia, for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Paul Thomas Collins, of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, of Columbia, for Respondent.