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Thursday, May 19, 2022

9:30 a.m.    
2020-001595   The State, Petitioner, v. Charles Brandon Rampey, Respondent.

Attorney General Alan Wilson, Assistant Attorney General William M. Blitch, Jr., both of Columbia, and Solicitor, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, William W. Wilkins, III, of Greenville, for Petitioner. William G. Yarborough, III, and Lauren C. Hobbis, both of William G. Yarborough, III, Attorney at Law, LLC, of Greenville, for Respondent.

10:30 a.m. 
2020-001665   The State, Respondent, v. Stewart Jerome Middleton, Petitioner.

Chief Appellate Defender Robert M. Dudek, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General William M. Blitch, Jr., of Columbia, and Solicitor Ninth Judicial Circuit, Scarlett A. Wilson, of Charleston, for Respondent.

A jury convicted Stewart Jerome Middleton of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, and the court of appeals affirmed. State v. Middleton, Op. No. 2020-UP-271 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Sept. 30, 2020). The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' opinion and determine whether the trial court erred in allowing a detective to testify that Middleton failed to show up for interview appointments and delayed giving a statement to the police.