Tagged: State v. Langford

Supreme Court Watch: 2013 Year in Review

2013 was a major year in criminal law for the South Carolina Supreme Court. Interviews in Child Sexual Abuse Cases – In January 2013, our Supreme Court decided State v. Kromah, hopefully putting to rest prosecution attempts to improperly bolster child witnesses in criminal sexual conduct cases.  Kromah is the most recent of numerous cases […]

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SC Supreme Court Watch: New Information on Implementing State v. Langford

On Thursday, August 22, 2013, South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal made her annual presentation to the 2013 Judicial Conference.  In her presentation, the Chief Justice announced, “The [Supreme] Court is examining a system for differentiated case management which will set all cases on tracks or scheduling orders.”  According to the PowerPoint presentation, […]

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SC Supreme Court Watch: Charles Grose Quoted in SC Lawyers Weekly Article Regarding Implementation of State v. Langford

On July 12, 2013, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly published an article by Phillip Bantz entitled “Defense Bar Stunned to Find Docket-Control Committee Already at Work.” Charles Grose was interviewed and quoted in the article: E. Charles Grose Jr., a [Greenwood] defense lawyer who argued on behalf of the Public Defender Association in Langford, said he […]

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SC Supreme Court Watch: More News Regarding the Implementation of State v. Langford

There are new developments in the state constitutional crisis surrounding the implementation of State v. Langford, the landmark case that ended Solicitor Docket Control in South Carolina.  On July 20, 2013, the Orangeburg Times & Democrat published an article entitled “Defense Attorneys Want a Role in Court Planning.”  This article followed a press release from […]

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SC Supreme Court Watch: Update on Implementation of State v. Langford

New concerns arose today about the implementation of State v. Langford, the landmark case that ended solicitor docket control in South Carolina. These concerns center around whether the Judiciary’s historical deference to Solicitors will actually end. On June 12, 2013, a blog post entitled “Constitutional Crisis: General Sessions Court Docket Management” pointed out that “over […]

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Constitutional Crisis: General Sessions Court Docket Management

In State v. Langford, decided on November 21, 2012, the South Carolina Supreme Court recognized control of the docket to be a “matter of significant public interest.”  The Court “agree[d] with the Public Defender Association,” appearing as amicus curie  (“friend of the court”), that solicitor docket control “violates the separation of powers [contained in S.C. […]

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