Supreme Court of South Carolina


Event Date and Time:  Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:30 AM

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

9:30 a.m. 

2016-000594    South Carolina Department of Transportation, Respondent, v. David Franklin Powell, Petitioner.

Howell V. Bellamy, Jr. and Robert S. Shelton, both of Bellamy, Rutenberg, Copeland, Epps, Gravely & Bowers, PA, of Myrtle Beach, for Petitioner. John B. McCutcheon, of Thompson & Henry, PA, of Conway and Beacham O. Brooker, Jr., of South Carolina Department of Transportation, of Columbia, for Respondent. 

In this eminent domain case, the Court addresses whether Petitioner David Powell is entitled to compensation for the diminution in value of his property as a result of the decision by Respondent South Carolina Department of Transportation to reconfigure the road that Petitioner used to access his property.

10:00 a.m.

2017-000806    Ex Parte: Mickey Ray Carter, Jr. and Nila Collean Carter, Movants, Of Whom Nila Collean Carter is Petitioner. In Re: John Roe and Mary Roe, Respondents, v. L.C. and X.C., minors under the age of seven years, Defendants.

Allen Mattison Bogan, of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Emily M. Barrett, Thomas P. Lowndes, Jr., both of Lowndes & Barrett, LLC, of Charleston, and Kenneth Jay Anthony, of the Anthony Law Firm, P.A., of Spartanburg, all for Respondents. 

The Court reviews the court of appeals' decision in Ex Parte Carter, Op. No. 2017-UP-043 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Jan. 13, 2017).

10:30 a.m.

2015-002360    The State, Respondent, v. Lamar Sequan Brown, Petitioner.

Appellate Defender David Alexander, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan McCrory Wilson and Assistant Attorney General William M. Blitch, Jr., both of Columbia and Solicitor Scarlett Anne Wilson, of Charleston, for Respondent.

The Court considers whether the circuit court properly admitted information acquired from the warrantless search of a cellphone