This Week in South Carolina: In Session provides you with the information you need to navigate the South Carolina General Assembly during the legislative session. Each edition provides a snapshot of the legislative day with meeting schedules, agendas, news and other resources in one place.
Combined meeting schedule:
9:00 a.m., Senate General Committee - Special DSS Resource Allocation Subcommittee, Gressette Room 207, agenda
9:00 a.m., Senate First and Sixth Congressional District Legislative Delegation Aeronautics Commissioner Election, Gressette Room 209, agenda
9:00 a.m., Senate Sixth Congressional District Legislative Delegation DOT Commissioner Election, Gressette Room 209, agenda
9:30 a.m., Gov. Henry McMaster will be joined by Superintendent Molly Spearman and the South Carolina Teacher of the Year in recognizing Teacher Appreciation Month, State House, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.
Case Title: The State, Respondent, v. James Scott Cross, Petitioner.
Attorneys: Chief Appellate Defender Robert Michael Dudek, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan McCrory Wilson and Assistant Attorney General Mark Reynolds Farthing, both of Columbia; and Solicitor David Matthew Stumbo, of Greenwood, all for Respondent.
Summary: James Scott Cross was indicted for and convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) with a minor and committing a lewd act on a minor. Cross appealed his conviction, and the court of appeals affirmed. State v. Cross, Op. No. 2016-UP-257 (S.C. Ct. App. filed June 8, 2016). Cross filed a petition for a writ of certiorari, which the Court granted. Cross argues the trial court erred in: (1) refusing to bifurcate his trial to allow the jury to determine guilt of the underlying sexual offense and then determine if he had the requisite prior conviction to establish first-degree CSC with a minor and (2) admitting evidence of his prior conviction for CSC with a minor in violation of Rule 403, SCRE.
Case Title: The State, Respondent, v. Demetrice Roosevelt James, Petitioner.
Attorneys: Appellate Defender Kathrine H. Hudgins, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan M. Wilson, Assistant Attorney General V. Henry Gunter, Jr., and Solicitor Daniel E. Johnson, all of Columbia, for Respondent.
Summary: The Court reviews the court of appeals' decision in State v. James, Op. No. 2017-UP-028 (filed Jan. 11, 2017).
Case Title: The State, Respondent, v. Roy Lee Jones, Petitioner.
Attorneys: Appellate Defender David Alexander and Appellate Defender Lara M. Caudy, both of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General Deborah R.J. Shupe, both of Columbia, and Solicitor W. Walter Wilkins, III, of Greenville, for Respondent.
Summary: The Court reviews the court of appeals' decision in State v. Jones, 417 S.C. 319, 790 S.E.2d 17 (Ct. App. 2016), holding the trial court did not abuse its discretion by qualifying an expert in child sex abuse dynamics who testified outside the realm of lay knowledge and did not bolster the complainants' credibility.
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