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May 2016



The summary below each case is prepared to offer lawyers and the public a general overview of what issues are included in a case which will be argued. The summary is not a limit on what issues a party to a case may present at oral argument.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Supreme Court Courtroom

09:30 a.m.          
2015-002378    In the Matter of William Franklin Warren, III, Respondent.

Disciplinary Counsel Lesley M. Coggiola and Deputy Disciplinary Counsel Barbara Marie Seymour, both of Columbia, for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. William Franklin Warren, III, of Greenville, pro se Respondent.

10:00 a.m.           (Time Limits: 15-15-5)
2014-001181    In the Matter of the Care and Treatment of Jeffrey Allen Chapman, Appellant.

Appellate Defender David Alexander, of Columbia, for Appellant. Attorney General Alan M. Wilson and Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General Deborah R.J. Shupe, both of Columbia, for Respondent.

Appellant appeals the jury's finding that he is a sexually violent predator, and requests the Court find a right to effective assistance of counsel during sexually violent predator proceedings.

10:30 a.m.           (Time Limits: 15-15-5)
2016-000299    Edward Byrd, Ken Currie, Mike Morrow and Willie Mae Muldrow, Appellants, v. Craig Nesbit and John Y. Latimer, Respondents,

M. W. Cockrell, III and Sarah C. Campbell, both of Cockrell Law Firm, PC, of Chesterfield, for Appellants. William E. Hopkins, Jr. and Joseph C. Hopkins, both of Hopkins Law Firm, LLC, of Pawleys Island, for Respondents.

The Court hears this case to determine whether the circuit court erred in affirming the Bishopville Municipal Election Commission's decision to invalidate a city council election on the ground that votes were counted in secret.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Supreme Court Courtroom

09:30 a.m.           (Time Limits: 15-15-5)
2015-001159    Walter Smith, Respondent, v. Norman K. Tiffany, Individually, Brown Trucking Company and Brown Integrated Logistics, Appellants, and Brown Trucking Company and Brown Integrated Logistics, Appellants, v. Corbett James Mizzell, III, Respondent.

T. McRoy Shelley, III and Steven T. Moon, both of Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC, of Columbia, for Appellants. Allan P. Sloan, III and Kristen B. Fehsenfeld, both of Pierce, Herns, Sloan & Wilson, LLC, of Charleston, Ralph Kennedy, of Kennedy Law Firm, of Batesburg-Leesville and Robert Thomas King, of King, Love and Hupfer, LLC, of Florence, for Respondents.

This case is on direct appeal to the Supreme Court and involves the grant of summary judgment, and a trial court order preventing the deposition of a party.

10:00 a.m.           (Time Limits: 10-10-5)
2015-001952    Brad Lightner, individually, and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Respondent, v. Hampton Hall Club, Inc., State of South Carolina, South Carolina Department of Revenue, Beaufort County and John Doe, Defendants, of whom State of South Carolina and South Carolina Department of Revenue are, Petitioners.

Attorney General Alan Wilson and Assistant Attorney General Courtney E. Lowell, for Petitioner, State of South Carolina; Counsel for Litigation Tasha B. Thompson, and General Counsel for Litigation Milton G. Kimpson, all of Columbia, for Petitioner, South Carolina Department of Revenue. William F. Barnes, III and Ronnie L. Crosby, both of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick; and Kathleen E. Barnes, of Barnes Law Firm, LLC, all of Hampton, for Respondents.

The Court accepted this case in its original jurisdiction to determine, inter alia, the scope of the South Carolina Revenue Procedures Act.

10:30 a.m.           (Time Limits: 15-15-5)
2015-001218    Nathalie I. Davaut, Employee, Claimant, Petitioner, v. University of South Carolina, and State Accident Fund, Respondents.

Paul L. Reeves, of Reeves Law Firm, LLC, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Paul Linwood Hendrix, of Jones & Hendrix, PA, of Spartanburg, for Respondents.

The Court reviews the court of appeals' decision in Davaut v. University of South Carolina, Op. No. 2015-UP-041 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Jan. 21, 2015).

Cases to be Submitted Without Oral Argument

Didier Van Sellner, Petitioner, v. State of South Carolina, Respondent.

Appellate Defender Laura Ruth Baer of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan M. Wilson and Assistant Attorney General Megan Harrigan Jameson, both of Columbia, for Respondent.