Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Yesterday Was A Holiday

That means we have a special Tuesday Edition of the Advance Sheets. The Supreme Court released three published opinions today.

State v. Navy is an appeal from General Sessions of the defendants conviction for homicide by child abuse. The Court of Appeals reversed the Trial Court on the grounds that the defendant's oral statement and 2nd and 3rd written statements given during interviews at the police station should not have been admitted. The Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeals with regard to the 2nd and 3rd written statements but reversed the decision regarding the oral statement. The case revolves around the issue of custody: was the defendant a suspect and was he in custody at the time he made the statements. A must read for everyone.

I love the name of the this next one. Only in South Carolina.
RV Resort and Yacht Club v. Billy Bob's Marina is an appeal from a special referee finding breach of condominium regime covenant regarding the collection of three charges collected from renters. The Court of Appeals affirmed the special referee's findings and the Supreme Court reversed. Go ahead and read it if just for a little humor.

Tobias v. Rice is an appeal from the Common Pleas Court regarding breach of contract. The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court. The Supreme Court reversed. Read this case. It will not teach you anything new. It does not change any law or procedure. I'm not even sure what it means. Read it anyway. There is a consistent message in the three opinions released by the Court today.

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