State v. Slaughter. Per curiam reversal for reasons stated in dissent. See post on COA decision here.
State v. Starr. Affirming COA decision (here) of no error in failing to give jury a copy of the requested transcript during deliberations.
When a jury asked for a transcript, the judge told them that they
couldn't have it because "we don't have the capability of real time
transcripts so we cannot provide you with that."
law clearly says that giving transcripts is a discretionary decision
and if the judge does not exercise discretion, the decision is
erroneous. Here, the judge did not properly exercise his discretion and
thus erred. However, given the error is raised on plain error, no
relief, given that there is no showing of prejudice.
State v. Nabors. COA unanimously reversed a cocaine conviction, as only evidence of it being cocaine was visual inspection (here).
ran a claim at trial that Smith, rather than himself sold the drugs. He
never contested that it was cocaine at trial. In fact, Smith testified
for the defense that he brought cocaine and sold it to the state. This
was sufficient evidence, even in the absence of lab testing. "When a
defense witness's testimony characterizes a putative controlled
substance as a controlled substance, the defendant cannot on appeal
escape the consequences of the testimony in arguing that his motion to
dismiss should have been allowed"
State v. Williamson.
MAR was remanded by COA to trial court for failing to make written
findings. SC noted that the trial court did make written findings and
sent it back to COA for further review. See old post here.