• Collett v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-06-18
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Debra Kay Jefferson, Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Scott L. Ballard, Benjamin David Coker, Brittany Ashton Fallin, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Fayetteville, Thomaston, Griffin, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0324

    Court Affirms Conviction for Murder Based on Circumstantial Evidence That Murder Had Deliberately Killed Victim and Lied About Accidently Killing the Victim

  • Carter v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-06-18
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Warren
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brandon A. Bullard, (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Stephany Julissa Luttrell, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0409

    Court Affirms in Part and Reverses in Part Convictions Where Evidence Was Sufficient to Support Murder Conviction but Did Not Support Financial-Transaction Card Fraud Conviction When Attempts to Use Victim's Debit Card Failed

  • Williams v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-06-18
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert L. Williams, Wrightsville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Karl David Cooke, Jr., (Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Macon, Christopher M. Carr, Paula Khristian Smith, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0348

    Court Approves of Trial Court's Denial of Murder's Untimely Motion to Set Aside Its Order Denying the Movant's Motion for Postconviction Relief Where Convict, on Appeal, Identified No Errors in Denial of Motion to Reconsider and Sought Only to Challenge Denial of Underlying Motions After Time to Appeal Had Lapsed

  • Bradley v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-06-18
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kenneth Wayne Sheppard, (Kenneth W. Sheppard, P.C.), Smyrna, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Burke Olivia Doherty, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0384

    Court Affirms in Part and Vacates in Part Trial Court Order Denying Murder's Motion to Withdraw Guilty Plea Where Murder Claimed That Trial Court Gave Vague Explanation of Consequences of Pleading Guilty but Record Showed That He Was Informed of Range of Possible Sentences

  • Bailey v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-06-17
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Phillip Ray Bailey, Alamo, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Katherine DeRosa Emerson, (Department of Law), Atlanta, John Richard Edwards, Benjamin M. First, D. Victor Reynolds, (Cobb County District Attorney's Office), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0297

    Party Seeking Leave to File Out-Of-Time Appeal Failed to Show Delay Resulted From Counsel's Ineffectiveness in Filing Timely Direct Appeal

  • Georgia Dept. of Labor v. Mcconnell et al.

    Publication Date: 2019-06-17
    Practice Area: Civil Appeals
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kathleen M. Pacious, Loretta L. Pinkston-Pope, Angela Ellen Cusimano, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Scott A. Schweber, (Schweber Green Law Group), Atlanta, Jefferson Madden Allen, (Cohen, Cooper, Estep & Allen, LLC), Atlanta, for appellee. Roy E. Barnes, (The Barnes Law Group, LLC), Marietta, Kenneth S. Canfield, (Doffermyre Shields Canfield Knowles), Atlanta, David J. Worley, (Evangelista Worley, LLC), Atlanta, Amy E. Keller, (Dicello Levitt Gutzler LLC), Chicago, Norman E. Siegel, Barrett J. Vahle, (Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP), Kansas City, Andrew N. Friedman, (Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC), Washington,, James Pizzirusso, (Hausfeld LLP), Washington, John A. Yanchunis, (Morgan & Morgan Complex Litigation Group), Tampa, Jason Ryan Doss, (The Doss Firm, LLC), Marietta, Eric H. Gibbs, (Girard Gibbs LLP), Oakland, Ariana J. Tadler, (Milberg Tadler Phillips Grossman LLP), New York, William H. Murphy, III, (Murphy Falcon & Murphy), Baltimore, Rodney Keith Strong, (Griffin & Strong, PC), Atlanta, for Neutral Amicus.

    Case Number: S18G1316

    Department of Labor has no sovereign immunity for plaintiff's tort claims, but the plaintiff's complaint failed to state a valid claim.

  • Strother v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-06-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kenneth Wayne Sheppard, (Kenneth W. Sheppard, P.C.), Smyrna, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Scott Orion Teague, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Leigh Ellen Patterson, Luke Anthony Martin, (Floyd County District Attorney's Office), Rome, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0279

    Trial Counsel Opened Door To Admission of Witness's Police Interview Statements About Defendant's Past Crimes and Gang Connections

  • Davis v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-06-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Deborah Rea Whitlock, (Deborah Whitlock Attorney at Law), Toccoa, Bentley C. Adams, III, (Attorney at Law), Lihue, for appellant.
    for defendant: Jonathan Lang Adams, Cynthia Trimboli Adams, Elizabeth Knight Bobbitt, (Towaliga Circuit District Attorney's Office), Barnesville, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0308

    Court Affirms Denial of Motion for Out-of-Time Appeal Where Movant Had Failed to Raise the Claims in Earlier Habeas Proceedings

  • Gooden v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-06-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lawrence W. Daniel, (Lawrence W. Daniel, PC), Atlanta, James Kenneth Luttrell, Canton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Deah Brittny Warren, Ryan Reese Leonard, Aimee F. Sobhani, (Douglas County District Attorney's Office), Douglasville, Christopher M. Carr, Paula Khristian Smith, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, (Department of Law), Atlanta for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0173

    Conflict Trialsw Counsel's Skeletal Pleading Established That Defendant's Claim of Ineffective Assistance of Plea Counsel Had Already Been Raised And Adjudicated

  • City of Guyton v. Barrow

    Publication Date: 2019-06-14
    Practice Area: Environmental Law
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ray Chandlar Smith, (City Attorney), Richmond Hill, for appellant.
    for defendant: Jonathan Lee Schwartz, (Jon L. Schwartz, Attorney at Law, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellee. Isaac Byrd, Suzanne E. Success Osborne, John Edward Hennelly, James Doyle Coots, Christopher M. Carr, Andrew Alan Pinson, Margaret Kemmerly Eckrote, Ross Warren Bergethon, Jameson B. Bilsborrow, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for Other Party.

    Case Number: S18G0944

    No antidegradation analysis required prior to issuing environmental permit for facilities with nonpoint water discharges