Opinions from the South Carolina Court of Appeals

Court of AppealsOn Wednesday, the South Carolina Court of Appeals published Fredrickson v. Schulze. In this appeal of the family court’s divorce decree, Jeffrey Schulze (Husband) argued the erred in (1) its identification, valuation, and apportionment of the marital estate and (2) ordering Malia Ann Fredrickson (Wife) and Husband to be responsible for his and her own attorney’s fees. The appellate court affirmed the family court’s degree finding no abuse of discretion by the lower court.

In State v. Bailey,  Anthony Bailey appealed his conviction for threatening the life of a public official, arguing the circuit court erred in finding a mental health professional employed by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (the Department) was a public official, rather than a public employee, under section 16-3-1040 of the South Carolina Code (2015). This Court reversed the conviction finding a lack of evidence to justify elevating the health examiner, whose life was threatened,  to the status of a public official. Instead the court found the examiner to be a public employee and found that Bailey was overcharged in this case.

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