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August 6, 2014 South Carolina Court of Appeals published opinions

Fowler v Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company Nationwide appealed the verdict against it arguing the trial court erroneously allowed expert testimony through a lay witness. The panel reversed and remanded for a new trial. It held that once the trail … Continue reading

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July 30, 2014 South Carolina Court of Appeals published opinions

State v Pearson Pearson moved for a directed verdict on the burglary and other charges he faced at his trial. The circuit court denied his motion and the jury convicted him on all counts. The panel reversed. It held that … Continue reading

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May 28, 2014 South Carolina Supreme Court published opinion

In the Matter of Bruce Robert Hoffman Hoffman improperly treated unearned fees as an earned retainer, failed to maintain records for his trust account and mingled trust funds with his operating funds. He consented to discipline up to a public … Continue reading

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May 21, 2014 4th Circuit published opinions

United States v McFadden McFadden was convicted under the federal “designer drugs” statute, 21 USC 813, for creating and distributing “bath salts.” The panel affirmed. It rejected his constitutional challenge holding that “substantial similarity” in the statute required a core … Continue reading

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May 15, 2014 4th Circuit published opinion

United States v Garcia Over Garcia’s objections, the district court allowed an FBI agent to testify as an expert on the meaning of coded phrases in conversations between Garcia and accused codefendants. Garcia was convicted of conspiracy and drug trafficking. … Continue reading

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April 24, 2014 4th Circuit published opinion

United States v Gomez-Jimenez and Juarez-Gomez Gomez pled guilty to drug charges and Juarez was convicted of drug charges. Gomez challenged his sentence and Juarez challenged two convictions and his sentence. The panel, with one judge dissenting in part, affirmed. … Continue reading

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April 9, 2014 South CArolina Court of Appeals published opinion

State v Portillo Portillo was convicted of sexual abuse of his niece. He challenged the trial court qualification of an expert on forensic interviewing. The panel affirmed. It held the trial court did error in qualifying the expert as the … Continue reading

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