Oral arg. – COA – April 5, 2017

At 10:00 the COA will hear an interesting case –  Charles Shortie v. Rochelle Green the personal representative of Oner Shortie. 

Charles and Oner Shortie were driving through Sunflower County when they were involved in an accident that claimed the life of Oner.  Oner, a South Carolina resident, died without a will.  Oner’s five  children from her previous marriages filed a wrongful death action in the Circuit Court of Sunflower County.  Charles Shortie would eventually join.  The case settled at mediation.  Thereafter a dispute arose as to whether South Carolina law or Mississippi law applied to the distribution of the wrongful death recovery.  Charles argues that Mississippi’s relationship with the accident is a “purely adventitious circumstance” and South Carolina law should control. The trial court held that Mississippi law controls.  Charles appealed.

Charles Shortie brief

Rochelle George Brief

Charles Shortie reply brief

Watch the argument here

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