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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, November 20, 2019
Supreme Court Courtroom
 09:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2018-001861   The State, Respondent, v. Aaron Scott Young, Jr., Petitioner.

F. Elliotte Quinn IV, of The Steinberg Law Firm, LLP, of Summerville and Jennifer K. Dunlap, of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP, of Charleston, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka, Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General Melody J. Brown, all of Columbia and Solicitor Isaac McDuffie Stone, III, of Bluffton, for Respondent.

The Court granted a writ of a certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in State v. Young, 424 S.C. 424, 818 S.E.2d 486 (Ct. App. 2018).

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2018-001877   Tyrone York, as personal representative for Timothy York (Deceased), Shirley York, and Yvonne Burns, Plaintiffs, Of Whom Yvonne Burns is the Respondent, And Shirley York is the Petitioner, v. Longlands Plantation a.k.a Knollwood, Inc., and Companion Property and Casualty Group, Respondents.

Blake A. Hewitt, of Bluestein Thompson Sullivan, LLC, of Columbia and Ann McCrowey Mickle, of Mickle & Bass, of Columbia, for Petitioner. W. E. Jenkinson, III and J. Thomas Thompson, both of Jenkinson, Jarrett & Kellahan, P. A., of Kingstree, Jonathan Brandon Hylton of McAngus, Goudelock and Courie, of Florence and Helen F. Hiser, of McAngus Goudelock and Courie, of Mt. Pleasant, for Respondents.

In this worker's compensation case, Petitioner Shirley York and Respondent Yvonne Burns assert competing claims for death benefits. York is the decedent's mother and sought the benefits as the next of kin while Burns alleged she was the decedent's common-law wife. The commissioner found Burns was not common-law married and that although Burns was financially dependent on the decedent, South Carolina's fornication statute was dispositive. The commission affirmed, but the court of appeals reversed, holding there was no evidence of fornication and remanding for a determination of whether Burns was a "dependent" under sections 42-9-120 or 42-9-130. We granted certiorari.

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2017-001013   State of South Carolina, Appellant, v. Kathryn Martin Key, Respondent,

Attorney General Alan McCrory Wilson and Assistant Attorney General Joshua A. Edwards, both of Columbia and Solicitor William Walter Wilkins, III, of Greenville, for Appellant. E. Powers Price and James H. Price, III, both of Price Law Firm P.A., of Greenville and J. Falkner Wilkes, of Greenville, for Respondent.

In this driving under the influence case, the State appeals the circuit court's reversal of the magistrate court's conviction of Kathryn Martin Key. It contends the circuit court incorrectly found Key's blood alcohol level should have been suppressed. The State argues a warrant was not required for a blood sample, Key validly consented and did not revoke her consent, and exigent circumstances existed.

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Supreme Court Courtroom
 09:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2018-000978   Kay F. Paschal, Respondent, v. Leon Lott, the Duly Elected Sheriff of Richland County, South Carolina, Petitioner.

Andrew F. Lindemann, of Lindemann, Davis & Hughes, PA, of Columbia and Patrick John Frawley of Davis Frawley, LLC, of Lexington, for Petitioner. S. Jahue Moore, John Calvin Bradley, Jr. and Stanley Lamont Myers, Sr., all of Moore Taylor Law Firm, P. A., of West Columbia, for Respondent.

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Paschal v. Lott, Op. No. 2018-UP-080 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Feb. 7, 2018).

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2017-000696   Kevin Shane Epting, Petitioner, v. State of South Carolina, Respondent.

Appellate Defender Kathrine H. Hudgins, of Columbia, for the Petitioner. Attorney General Alan M. Wilson and Assistant Attorney General Janell Gregory, both of Columbia, for the Respondent.

Kevin Shane Epting was convicted of first-degree burglary and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature (ABHAN). The Court granted Epting a writ of certiorari to review the post-conviction relief (PCR) court's denial of his application for PCR.

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2018-001888   Nathan Bluestein, Ettaleah Bluestein, M.D., Theodore Albenesius and Karen Albenesius, Petitioners, v. Town of Sullivan's Island and Sullivan's Island Town Council, Respondents.

James Bernard Hood, Robert Holmes Hood, Jr., and Deborah Harrison Sheffield, all of Charleston, for Petitioner. J. Brady Hair and Derk Van Raalte IV, both of the Law Office Of J. Brady Hair, of North Charleston, for Respondent.

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Bluestein v. Town of Sullivan's Island, 424 S.C. 362, 818 S.E.2d 239 (Ct. App. 2018).