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Player v. Thompson

Supreme Court of South Carolina
193 S.E.2d 531 (1972)


Facts

Nancy Carder (codefendant) borrowed a car from Geraldine Thompson (codefendant). Diane Player (plaintiff), a passenger in the car, was injured when the car skidded on wet pavement. Player sued Carder and Thompson, alleging both knew or should have known the car's tires were bald. According to Carder's pretrial statement, a few weeks before the accident she and Thompson took the car for state inspection. Carder heard the inspector tell Thompson, and Thompson told Carder, that the car failed inspection because it needed new tires. Player conceded this statement was not relevant as to Thompson. Player therefore proffered the statement stripped of any reference to Thompson, and only as it related to Carder. The trial judge excluded the statement because, among other things, it was hearsay that prejudiced Thompson. Player also sought permission to question Carder about the state inspection incident, to show that both Carder and Thompson had notice of the bald tires. Once again, the judge ruled this would be inadmissible hearsay. The trial ended in nonsuit. Player appealed to the Supreme Court of South Carolina, arguing the judge erred in his hearsay rulings.

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