Matter of Chapman, 796 S.E.2d 843 (S.C. 2017)
Nature of Case: Chapman was convicted of sex offenses and subsequently had his supervision revoked. Towards the end of his prison term, the state moved to have him committed as an SVP. He was committed, and appealed the commitment, alleging that he was entitled to the effective assistance of counsel in SVP proceedings.
Holding: South Carolina Supreme Court held that Chapman had a statutory and constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel during SVP proceedings, and that he could raise those claims in a habeas corpus proceeding where he was also entitled to effective assistance of counsel, under both the state and federal constitutions.