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🚫Jury Charge: Deadly Weapon=Malice Inference🚫

The S.C. Supreme Court just held that courts may no longer instruct the jury " that malice may be inferred from the use of a deadly weapon."

However, the court also held that this does not necessarily mean that both the state and the defense cannot argue to the jury this inference (or lack thereof). They also held that courts can still use this inference in separate hearings (i.e., motion for directed verdict).