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2-5-2020 - Opinions
The Court extends its mutual combat jurisprudence, finding all combatants may be held criminally responsible for the death or injury of an innocent bystander under the "hand of one is the hand of all" theory of accomplice liability.
In this appeal from a felony DUI conviction, Appellant Terry McCall contends the warrantless collection of his blood and urine at the direction of law enforcement pursuant to Section 56-5-2946 of the South Carolina Code (2018) violates the Fourth Amendment. We affirm because exigent circumstances existed to support the admission of his blood and urine test results.2-12-2020 - Opinions
Respondents, individually and as members of a putative class, brought this declaratory judgment action against the Department of Revenue seeking refunds of amounts garnished from their wages by the Department to satisfy delinquent debts they allegedly owe to other governmental entities. The merits of the case are not before the Court, as the sole issue on appeal arises from the circuit court's grant of Respondents' motion to strike one defense from the Department's answer to Respondents' second amended complaint. We reverse the circuit court and hold this case cannot proceed as a class action against the Department.
The Court granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in State v. Spears, 420 S.C. 363, 802 S.E.2d 803 (Ct. App. 2017). The Court reverses the court of appeals and upholds Eric T. Spears' conviction. The Court holds there is evidence in the record to support the trial court's finding that Spears engaged in a consensual encounter with law enforcement and that Spears' subsequent actions created a reasonable suspicion that he may have been armed and dangerous, justifying law enforcement's frisk.