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Supreme Court Published Opinions - September 2015

Note: Beginning in June 2012, opinions will be posted as Adobe PDFs. You can download a free copy of Adobe Reader here.

The summary following each opinion is prepared to offer lawyers and the public a general overview of what a particular opinion decides. The summary is not necessarily a full description of the issues discussed in an opinion.

9-2-2015 - Opinions

27568 - Cunningham v. Anderson County

The Court granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' opinion in Cunningham v. Anderson County, 402 S.C. 434, 741 S.E.2d 545 (Ct. App. 2013), and now reverses the portion of the opinion reversing and remanding Cunningham's wrongful discharge claim.

27569 - State v. Reaves

Shawn Reaves appeals from his voluntary manslaughter conviction, arguing that deficiencies in the police investigation--including the loss of potentially exculpatory evidence and the failure to ascertain the identity of a second shooter--deprived him of a fair trial, and delays occasioned by the State's faulty investigation deprived him of the right to a speedy trial. Reaves asks the indictment be dismissed; we disagree and therefore affirm.

9-9-2015 - Opinions

27570 - In the Matter of Christopher Gerald Harper

This is a disciplinary opinion in which the Court disbars a lawyer.

27571 - State v. Scott

The Court affirms the court of appeals, holding that the trial court did not err in declining to give an involuntary manslaughter instruction.

27573 - Azar v. City of Columbia

Appellants brought this action contending the City of Columbia is prohibited by Section 6-1-330 of the South Carolina Code from using a percentage of the approximately $110 million in water and sewer revenues the City generates each year for purposes unrelated to water and sewer. The trial court granted summary judgment for the City. We reverse and remand.

9-30-2015 - Opinions

27574 - In the Matter of Zachary Steven Naert

This is a disciplinary opinion in which the Court publicly reprimands a lawyer.

27575 - Riley v. Ford Motor Co.

The Court reverses the decision of the court of appeals in Riley v. Ford Motor Co., 408 S.C. 1, 757 S.E.2d 422 (Ct. App. 2014), and reinstates the judgment of the trial court.

27576 - Deerfield Plantation v. SCDHEC

In this appeal from the Administrative Law Court (ALC), the Court affirmed as modified the ALC's decision upholding the Department of Health and Environmental Control's (DHEC) issuance of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit and Coastal Zone Consistency Certification to Respondent Deertrack Golf, Inc., with respect to Deertrack Golf's proposed redevelopment project. Further, in light of the subsequent declaration of federal jurisdiction as to part of the acreage subject to the permit, the Court remanded the case to DHEC for further administrative action only with respect to this portion of the redevelopment project.

27577 - Magnolia North v. Heritage Communities

The Court dismisses the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted.

27578 - Pope v. Heritage Communities

The Court dismisses the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted.