Supreme Court of South Carolina

 

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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.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

10:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 20-20-10)  
2019-000074   South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, Appellant, v. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, KDP, II, LLC, and KRA Development, LP, Respondents.

 

Amy Elizabeth Armstrong, of South Carolina Environmental Law Project, of Pawleys Island, for Appellant. Bradley D. Churdar, of South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, of Charleston, G. Trenholm Walker and Thomas P. Gressette, Jr., both of Walker Gressette Freeman & Linton, LLC, of Charleston, for Respondents.

In this appeal from the Administrative Law Court, we consider South Carolina Coastal Conservation League's challenge to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's approval of permits for KDP II, LLC and KRA Development, LP's construction of infrastructure along the banks of the Kiawah River at Captain Sam's Spit.

11:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2019-001776   The State, Petitioner, v. Joseph Bowers, Respondent.

Attorney General Alan Wilson, Senior Assistant Attorney General Mark R. Farthing, of Columbia and Solicitor of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, Isaac McDuffie Stone, III, of Bluffton, for the Petitioner. Chief Appellate Defender Robert M. Dudek, of Columbia, for the Respondent.

Joseph Bowers was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision. State v. Bowers, 428 S.C. 21, 832 S.E.2d 623 (Ct. App. 2019). The Court will determine whether the court of appeals erred by reversing Bowers' convictions on the basis the trial court's jury instruction on mutual combat was prejudicial.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

10:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)  
2019-001808   In Re: The Estate of Hazel North Grady North and Jean Corbett, Respondents, v. Linda North and James North, Petitioners.

M. Richardson Hyman, Jr., of Charleston and Peter G. McGrath, of Mt. Pleasant, for Petitioners. Michael W. Sautter and Nicholas J. Brausch, both of Query Sautter & Associates, LLC, of Charleston, for Respondents.

In this probate matter, the Court is asked to determine whether the court of appeals properly dismissed Petitioners' appeal of a circuit court's order for lack of finality.

 11:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)  
2019-002031   Richard Ralph and Eugenia Ralph, Respondents, v. Paul Dennis McLaughlin and Susan Rode McLaughlin, Petitioners.

G. Hamlin O'Kelley III, of Buist, Byars & Taylor, LLC, of Mt. Pleasant, for Petitioners. Ainsley F. Tillman and Ian S. Ford, both of Ford Wallace Thomson, LLC, of Charleston, for Respondents.

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Ralph v. McLaughlin, 428 S.C.320, 834 S.E.2d 213 (Ct. App. 2019).