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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.

 

 

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

09:30 a.m.    (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2020-001261   Hubert Brown, Respondent. v. State of South Carolina, Petitioner.

Attorney General Alan Wilson and Assistant Deputy Attorney General Yasmeen Ebbini Klein, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Deputy Chief Appellate Defender Wanda H. Carter, of Columbia, for Respondent.

Hubert Brown was convicted of first-degree burglary and attempted murder. After his convictions and sentences were affirmed on direct appeal, Brown applied for and was granted post-conviction relief ("PCR"). This Court granted the State's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' decision in Brown v. State, Op. No. 2020-UP-144 (S.C. Ct. App. filed August. 19, 2020), which affirmed the grant of PCR. The State contends the Court of Appeals erred in holding trial counsel was constitutionally ineffective in failing to object to a jury instruction and failing to object to the admission of evidence and testimony from expert witnesses.

10:30 a.m.    (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2020-001048   Patricia Damico and Lenna Lucas, Individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Joshua and Brettany Buetow, Edward and Sylvia Dengg, Jonathan and Theresa Douglass, Anthony and Stacey Ray, Danny and Ellen Davis Morrow, Czara and Chad England, Bryan and Cynthia Camara, and Matthew Collins, Respondents, v. Lennar Carolinas, LLC, Spring Grove Plantation Development, Inc., Manale Landscaping, LLC, Super Concrete of SC, Inc., Southern Green, Inc. TJB Trucking/Leasing, LLC, Paragon Site Constructors, Inc., Civil Site Environmental and Rick Bryant, Individually, Defendants, Of which Spring Grove Plantation Development, Inc., Manale Landscaping, LLC, Super Concrete of SC, Inc., Southern Green, Inc. TJB Trucking/Leasing, LLC, and Civil Site Environmental are Respondents. And Lennar Carolinas, LLC, Appellant, v. The Earthworks Group, Inc., Volkmar Consulting Services, LLC, Geometrics Consulting, LLC, Land/Site Services, Inc., Myers Landscaping, Inc., A.C. & A. Concrete, Inc., Knight's Concrete Products, Inc., Knight's Redi-Mix, Inc., Coastal Concrete Southeast, LLC, Coastal Concrete Southeast II, LLC, Guaranteed Framing, LLC, Ozzy Construction, LLC, Construction Applicators Charleston, LLC, LA New Enterprises, LLC, Decor Corporation, DVS, Inc., Raul Martinez Masonry, LLC, Alpha Omega Construction Group, Inc., South Carolina Exteriors, LLC, Builders Firstsource-Southeast Group, LLC, and Low Country Renovations and Siding, LLP, Third-Party Defendants, Of which Volkmar Consulting Services, LLC, Land/Site Services, Inc., Myers Landscaping, Inc., A.C. & A. Concrete, Inc., Knight's Concrete Products, Inc., Knight's Redi-Mix, Inc., Coastal Concrete Southeast, LLC, Coastal Concrete Southeast II, LLC, Guaranteed Framing, LLC, Ozzy Construction, LLC, Construction Applicators Charleston, LLC, LA New Enterprises, LLC, Decor Corporation, DVS, Inc., Raul Martinez Masonry, LLC, Alpha Omega Construction Group, Inc., South Carolina Exteriors, LLC, Builders Firstsource-Southeast Group, LLC, are also Respondents. And Decor Corporation, Fourth Party Plaintiff, v. Baranov Flooring, LLC, DJ Construction Services, LLC, Creative Wood Floors, LLC, Geraldo Cunha, Ebenezer Flooring, LLC, Emmanuel Flooring and Siding, LLC, Eusi Flooring and Covering, LLC, Nicolas Flores, Alexander Martinez, Isidru Mejia, Juan Perez, N&B Construction, LLC, Jose Dias Rodrigues, Livia Sousa, Jose Paz Castro Hernandez, Divinio Aperecido Corgosinho, Ricardo Chiche, CEBS Construction, Bayshore Siding and Flooring, Sebastio Luiz de Araujo, and John Does 1-4, Fourth-Party Defendants. Of whom Patricia Damico, Joshua and Brettany Beutow, Bryan and Cynthia Camara, Matthew Collins, Jonathan and Teresa Douglas, Czarra and Chad England, Lena Lucas, and Danny and Ellen Davis Morrow are the Petitioners.

John C. Hayes, IV, Hayes Law, Catherine Dunn Meehan, Steinberg Law Firm, Jesse Sanchez, Jesse Sanchez Law, all of Charleston, and Michael J. Jordan, Steinberg Law Firm, of Goose Creek, for Petitioners. James Lynn Werner, Jenna K. McGee and Katon E Dawson, Jr.. of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP, of Columbia, R. Tripett Boineau, III, Heath McAlvin Stewart, III, John Adam Ribock, of McAngus, Goudelock & Courie, LLC, of Columbia, Carmen Ganjehsani, James H. Elliott, Jr., Frances Heyward Grimball, Richardson, Plowden & Robinson, PA, of Columbia, Michael E. Wright, Robertson Hollingsworth Manos & Rahn, LLC, of Charleston, David Cooper Cleveland, Trey Matthew Nicolette, Clawson and Staubs, LLC, of Charleston, Rogers E. Harrell, III, Brent M. Boyd, Timothy J. Newton, Murphy & Grantland, PA, of Columbia, Alan R. Belcher, Jr., Elizabeth F. Wieters, Hall Booth Smith, PC, of Mount Pleasant, Christine Companion Varnado, The Seibels Law Firm, of Charleston, Erin D. Dean, Tupper, Grimsley, Dean & Canaday, PA, of Beaufort, Stephen L. Brown, Catherine H. Chase, Clement Rivers, LLP, of Charleston, Preston B. Dawkins, Jr., Aiken Bridges Elliott Tyler & Saleeby, PA, of Florence and Jenny C. Honeycutt, Best Honeycutt, PA, of Charleston, for Respondents.

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Damico v. Lennar Carolinas, LLC, 430 S.C. 188, 844 S.E.2d 66 (Ct. App. 2020).

 

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

09:30 a.m.    (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2020-001345   The State, Respondent, v. Angela D. Brewer, Petitioner.

Appellate Defender Susan B. Hackett, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Assistant Attorney General William M. Blitch, Jr., of Columbia, and Solicitor, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit William W. Wilkins, III, for Respondent.

In this appeal from Petitioner's conviction of homicide by child abuse, two issues are before the Court: 1) whether the trial court erred in admitting Petitioner's statements despite her intoxicated state, and 2) whether the admission of lab results were testimonial in nature, which would have implicated Petitioner's Sixth Amendment right to confrontation.

10:30 a.m.    (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2020-001494   Misty A. Morris, Claimant, v. BB&T Corporation, d/b/a BB&T Bank, Employer, and Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co., Carrier, IN RE: Attorney's Fee Petition of David Proffitt, Petitioner, v. South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission, Respondent.

David Proffitt, of Proffitt and Cox, LLP, of Columbia, for Petitioner. J. Keith Roberts and Kristen S. McRee, S.C. Workers' Compensation Commission, and Carmen V. Ganjehsani, of Richardson Plowden, P.A., all of Columbia, for Respondent.


Thursday, February 3, 2022

09:30 a.m.    (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2020-001371   Barry Clarke, Petitioner, v. Fine Housing, Inc. and RRJR, L.L.C., Defendants, Of which Fine Housing, Inc. is the Respondent.

Ashley G. Andrews, Lafond Law Group, P.A., of Charleston and Thomas R. Goldstein, Belk, Cobb, Infinger & Goldstein P.A., of North Charleston, for Petitioner. W. Cliff Moore and Kirby D. Shealy, Adams and Reese, LLP, of Columbia, for Respondent.

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Clarke v. Fine Housing, Inc., Op. No. 2020-UP-238 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Aug. 12, 2020). The Court will decide whether the trial court correctly determined that Petitioner could exercise a right of first refusal to acquire certain real property.

10:30 a.m.    (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2020-001390   The State, Respondent, v. Tiffany Ann Sanders, Appellant.

Elizabeth Franklin-Best, Elizabeth Franklin-Best, P.C., of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka, Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General Melody J. Brown and Assistant Attorney General W. Joseph Maye, of Columbia, and Solicitor, First Judicial Circuit, David M. Pascoe, Jr., of Orangeburg, for Respondent.

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in State v. Sanders, Op. No. 2020-UP-237 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Aug. 12, 2020).

 


 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

 09:30 a.m.    
2020-001405   The State, Respondent, v. Michael N. Frasier, Jr., Petitioner.

Appellate Defender Kathrine H. Hudgins, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Senior Assistant Attorney General Mark R. Farthing, both of Columbia and Scarlett A. Wilson, Solicitor, Ninth Judicial Circuit, of Charleston, for Respondent.

10:30 a.m.    
2020-001278   In the Matter of the Care and Treatment of Francis Arthur Oxner, Petitio
ner.

A. Mattison Bogan, Blake T. Williams, Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, LLP, Chief Appellate Defender Robert M. Dudek and Appellate Defender David Alexander, all of Columbia for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson and Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General Deborah R. J. Shupe, both of Columbia, for Respondent.


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

09:30 a.m.    
2020-001399   The State, Respondent, v. Jaron Lamont Gibbs, Petitioner.

Jack B. Swerling of Columbia and Katherine Carruth Goode of Winnsboro, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka, Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General Melody J. Brown, Assistant Attorney General Julianna E. Battenfield, of Columbia and Solicitor, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, W. Walter Wilkins, of Pickens, for Respondent.

10:30 a.m.    
2021-000044   Randall Seels, as the Personal Representative for the Estate of Olivia Seels Smalls, Respondent, v. Joe Truman Smalls, Petitioner.

Thomas Ray Sims, Sr. of Thomas, Ray, Sims, of Orangeburg, for Petitioner. Diane C. Current, of Current Law Firm, PA and Donald B. Clark, of Donald B. Clark, LLC, both of Charleston, for Respondent.


Thursday, March 17, 2022

09:30 a.m.    
2020-001414   The State, Respondent, v. Johnathan Green, Petitioner.

Appellate Defender Kathrine H. Hudgins, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Assistant Attorney General Joshua A. Edwards, of Columbia, and Solicitor, First Judicial Circuit, David Pascoe, of Summerville, for Respondent.

10:30 a.m.    
2021-000165   Glenn Odom, Respondent, v. McBee Municipal Election Commission, Charles Short, Charles Sutton, and Hewitt Dixon, Appellants.

Martin S. Driggers, Jr., Richard E. McLawhorn, Jr., Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, PA of Hartsville, Wallace H. "Jay" Jordan, Jr., Wallace H. Jordan, Jr. P.C., of Florence, Robert E. Tyson, Jr., Vordman Carlisle Traywick, III, Robinson, Gray, Stepp & Laffitte, LLC and Karl S. Bowers, Jr., Bowers Law Office, LLC all of Columbia for Appellant. John E. Parker, Jr., Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, & Detrick, PA of Hampton for Respondent.