Current Status Introducing Body:
HouseBill Number: 3891Primary Sponsor: TuckerCommittee Number: 25Type of Legislation: GBSubject: Moral turpitudeResiding Body: HouseCurrent Committee: JudiciaryComputer Document Number: DKA/4533AL.93Introduced Date: 19930407Last History Body: HouseLast History Date: 19930407Last History Type: Introduced, read first time, referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: Tucker Jennings MartinType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 3891 House 19930407 Introduced, read first time, 25 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 19-11-65 SO AS TO PROVIDE A LIST OF CRIMES INVOLVING MORAL TURPITUDE THAT MAY BE USED TO IMPEACH A WITNESS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 19-11-65. Only a crime involving moral turpitude may be used to impeach a witness. Moral turpitude involves an act of baseness, vileness, or depravity in the social duties which a man owes to his fellow man or to society in general, contrary to the accepted and customary role of right and duty between men.
A crime of moral turpitude includes one that involves an element of fraud, dishonest behavior, or a breach of one's duty to society. This includes:
(2) assault with intent to ravish;
(3) assault and battery with intent to kill;
(4) auto theft;
(5) breaking into vehicles with intent to steal;
(6) burning an untenanted or unoccupied building;
(7) conspiracy to distribute marijuana;
(8) criminal sexual conduct with a minor;
(9) distribution of marijuana;
(11) fraudulent check;
(12) grand larceny;
(13) hit and run driving;
(16) lewd and lascivious conduct with children;
(17) making illegal whiskey;
(18) malicious destruction of personal property;
(19) manufacture of marijuana;
(20) mistreatment of a child;
(21) peeping tom;
(22) possession of cocaine;
(23) possession of heroin;
(24) possession of marijuana with intent to distribute;
(26) receiving stolen goods;
(27) resisting arrest;
(29) trafficking in marijuana, including conspiracy to import."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.