Category: Appellate Opinions

SC Murder Conviction Reversed

In State v. King, last week the SC Supreme Court reversed convictions for murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime because the trial court allowed the jurors to hear evidence of a previous, unrelated murder accusation. The Court of Appeals had remanded the case for a determination as to [..]

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Forensic Interviewers Cannot Testify as to a Child’s Truthfulness

In State v. Briggs, a post-conviction relief (PCR) appeal that was published yesterday, the S.C. Supreme Court reversed a defendant’s convictions for criminal sexual conduct (CSC) with a minor and lewd act on a minor based on his attorney’s failure to object when the state’s forensic interviewer improperly bolstered the credibility of the child witness. [..]

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Horry County Murder Conviction Affirmed

Last week, the South Carolina Supreme Court upheld an Horry County murder conviction based on accomplice liability or “the hand of one is the hand of all.” Although Kareem Harry did not pull the trigger, he was nevertheless convicted as an accomplice because, according to the facts as viewed in the light most favorable to [..]

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S.C.’s CDV Statute Held Unconstitutional (Updated)

In a decision released today, the South Carolina Supreme Court struck a portion of S.C.’s criminal domestic violence statute as unconstitutional because it discriminates against same sex couples. Who is Protected by the Domestic Violence Laws? South Carolina’s domestic violence laws are found in S.C. Code § 16-25-10, which provides criminal penalties for domestic violence, [..]

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