Gibson v. Brown

Decision Date15 April 1965
Docket NumberNo. 18334,18334
Citation245 S.C. 547,141 S.E.2d 653
CourtSouth Carolina Supreme Court
PartiesAlbert Dye GIBSON, Respondent, v. Patricia BROWN and Leo Hutchinson, of whom Leo Hutchinson is Appellant.

Hyman & Morgan, Florence, for appellant.

Harvey L. Golden, Columbia, for respondent.

TAYLOR, Chief Justice.

This appeal arises out of an action for malicious prosecution brought by Respondent against Patricia Brown and her father, Leo Hutchinson, the Appellant herein. A demurrer to the complaint was filed on behalf of Appellant on the ground that no facts sufficient to constitute a cause of action for malicious prosecution are alleged in the complaint as to him.

The matter came to be heard before the Honorable Bruce Littlejohn, Presiding Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, who, in his Order of October 13, 1964, overruled the demurrer and held that the allegations of the complaint were sufficient.

Appellant contends that the complaint is deficient in that it only alleges acts on his part subsequent to the commencement of the prosecution by his daughter of Respondent, and, therefore, fails to state a cause of action against him.

'* * * In general, to authorize the maintenance of an action for malicious prosecution, the following elements must be shown: (1) the institution or continuation of original judicial proceedings, either civil or criminal; (2) by, or at the instance of, the defendant; (3) the termination of such proceedings in plaintiff's favor; (4) malice in instituting the proceedings; (5) want of probable cause for the proceeding; and (6) the suffering of injury or damage as a result of the action or prosecution complained of.' 34 Am.Jur., Section 6, p. 706.

The complaint alleges that on approximately January 30, 1964, Patricia Brown swore out warrants against Respondent for rape and burglary, and as a result thereof, Patricia Brown advised, counseled, aided and abetted by her father caused Respondent to be arrested. It is further alleged that Respondent petitioned for bond and at the time of hearing thereon, an attorney hired by Appellant appeared in opposition thereto.

'All persons who participate in a malicious prosecution are jointly liable for the resulting injury, and joint liability for a malicious prosecution may exist without reference to the existence of any conspiracy.' 34 Am.Jur., Section 83, p. 755.

'To maintain an action for malicious prosecution, the plaintiff must show that the defendant therein was responsible for...

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  • Goodwin v. Metts
    • United States
    • U.S. Court of Appeals — Fourth Circuit
    • November 28, 1989
    ...against plaintiff, or had caused one to be maintained or had voluntarily aided or assisted in its prosecution." Gibson v. Brown, 245 S.C. 547, 550, 141 S.E.2d 653, 654-55 (1965). By his role in the investigation, Maxwell voluntarily assisted in the actionable continuation of the prosecution......
  • Barber v. Whirlpool Corp.
    • United States
    • U.S. Court of Appeals — Fourth Circuit
    • August 29, 1994
    ...for malicious prosecution if he causes one to be maintained or voluntarily aids or assists in its prosecution. Gibson v. Brown, 245 S.C. 547, 141 S.E.2d 653, 654 (1965). The evidence supports a jury conclusion that Whirlpool instituted proceedings against There is no question but that the p......
  • Nienow v. Nienow
    • United States
    • South Carolina Supreme Court
    • April 15, 1965
    ... ... 543] ... Weinberg & Weinberg, Nash & Wilson, Sumter, for appellant ...         Robert O. Purdy, Clifton G. Brown, Sumter, J. P. Mozingo, III, Darlington, for respondent ...         [245 S.C. 544] TAYLOR, Chief Justice ...         This action ... ...
  • Melton v. Williams
    • United States
    • South Carolina Court of Appeals
    • February 2, 1984
    ...Williams correctly states in her Brief the six elements which must be shown in a malicious prosecution action. See Gibson v. Brown, 245 S.C. 547, 141 S.E.2d 653 (1965). She challenges the sufficiency of the evidence relative to the elements of malice and the lack of probable In deciding mot......
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