Supreme Court of South Carolina

Wed, 2017-05-24 09:30

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

09:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 20-20-10)
2015-000731    The State, Respondent, v. Luzenski Allen Cottrell, Appellant.

Keir M. Weyble and Sheri L. Johnson, both of Cornell Law School, of Ithaca, New York and Chief Appellate Defender Robert M. Dudek, of Columbia, for Appellant. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka, Assistant Attorney General J. Anthony Mabry, all of Columbia, and Solicitor Jimmy A. Richardson, of Conway, for Respondent. 

This case is a direct appeal from Appellant's conviction for murder and sentence to death.

10:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)
2016-001103    The State, Respondent, v. Ryan P. Deleston, Petitioner.

Chief Appellate Defender Robert Michael Dudek and Appellate Defender Lara M. Caudy, both of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan McCrory Wilson, Chief Deputy Attorney General J. Robert Bolchoz, and Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka, all of Columbia; and Solicitor Scarlett Anne Wilson, of Charleston, all for Respondent. 

Ryan P. Deleston petitioned for a writ of certiorari, claiming (1) the court of appeals erred in affirming the trial court's refusal to allow Deleston to cross-examine witnesses in violation of Rule 404(b), SCRE, the rule on third party guilt, and Deleston's due process right to present a complete defense; and (2) the court of appeals erred in finding the trial court's instruction to the jury that a trial was "a search for the truth in an effort to make sure that justice is done" was not reversible error. We granted certiorari.

10:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)
2016-000065    Jacquelin S. Bennett, Genevieve S. Felder and Kathleen S. Turner, individually, as Co-Trustees and Beneficiaries of the Marital Trust and the Qualified Terminable Interest Trust created by the Thomas Stevenson Will, and Jacquelin S. Bennett, and Kathleen S. Turner, as Co-Personal Representatives on behalf of the Estate of Jacquelin K. Stevenson, Respondents, v. T. Heyward Carter, Jr.; Evans Carter, Kunes & Bennett, P.A.; Douglas Capital Management, Inc; Dixon Hughes f/k/a Pratt-Thomas Gumb & Co., P.A.; and Lynne L. Kerrison, Defendants, Of Whom Dixon-Hughes f/k/a Pratt-Thomas Gumb & Co., and Lynne L. Kerrison are the Petitioners.

M. Dawes Cooke, Jr., of Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC, of Charleston, and Frederick K. Sharpless, of Sharpless & Stavola, PA, of Greensboro, North Carolina, for Petitioners. A. Camden Lewis, Keith M. Babcock and Ariail Elizabeth King, all of Lewis Babcock, LLP, of Columbia, for Respondents. 

The Court granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Bennett v. Carter, Op. No. 2015-UP-491 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Oct. 14, 2015).

11:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)
2016-002528    In the Matter of Robert Clenten Campbell, Respondent.

Disciplinary Counsel Lesley M. Coggiola and Deputy Disciplinary Counsel Barbara Marie Seymour, both of Columbia, for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Paul Thomas Collins, of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, of Columbia, for Respondent. 

This is an attorney disciplinary matter.


Cases to be Submitted Without Oral Argument
Marshall Heath Collins, Respondent, v. State of South Carolina, Petitioner.
Attorney General Alan M. Wilson and Assistant Attorney General DeShawn Herman Mitchell, both of Columbia, for Petitioner. Chief Appellate Defender Robert Michael Dudek, of Columbia, for Respondent.