• Spell v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-06-14
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Betsey L. Tate, Katherine Lynn Dodd, (Georgia Public Defender Standards Council - Appellate Division), Americus, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Katherine DeRosa Emerson, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Andrew J. Ekonomou, Jacquelyn Lee Johnson, Thomas Edwars Buscemi, (Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Brunswick, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0066

    Trial Counsel Was Not Constitutionally Ineffective For Failing to Challenge Prosecution's Reference to Defendant's Failure to Come Forward Prior to Arrest

  • Outler v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-05-29
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David Joseph Walker, (Georgia Public Defender Council, Appellate Division), Macon, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Michael Alexander Oldham, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Samuel H. Altman, Kelly Anne Jenkins, Tony Allen May, (Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Swainsboro, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0158

    Court dismisses murder defendant's appeal but vacates other convictions due to merger and other errors.

  • Wofford v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-05-28
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Karen H Brouse, (Brouse Law), Blue Ridge, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Jason Matthew Rea, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Leigh Ellen Patterson, Kevin Salmon, (Floyd County District Attorney's Office), Rome, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0129

    Court rejects murder defendant's arguments on ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Carpenter v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-05-21
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brian Steel, (The Steel Law Firm, P.C.), Atlanta, Donald Franklin Samuel, (Garland, Samuel & Loeb, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Michael Alexander Oldham, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Anna Green Cross, (The Summerville Firm LLC), Atlanta, Peter Keith Johnson , Sherry Boston, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0439

    Court Rejects Appeal by Murderer Who Was Denied Opportunity to Present Evidence to Establish that Accomplice Was Generally Prone to Violence, Approving of Trial Court's Conclusion That Such Evidence Was Impermissible Character Evidence

  • Davis v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-05-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Howard W Anderson, III, (Law Office of Howard W. Anderson III, LLC), Pendleton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Layla Hinton Zon, Amber Rae Bennett, (Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, Jason Matthew Rea, (DeKalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0250

    Trial Court Did Not Err in Allowing Investigating Officer to Testify Regarding Brief Delay in His Pre-Arrest Interview With Defendant

  • Clark v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-05-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Sherman Clark, (Macon State Prison), Oglethorpe, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Sherry Boston, Gerald Mason, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0038

    Trial Court's Earlier Denial of Motion to Extend Time For Filing Out-Of-Time Appeal Was Res Judicata as to Second Motion Seeking Same Relief

  • Housing Authority of the City of Augusta v. Gould

    Publication Date: 2019-05-06
    Practice Area: Administrative Law | Civil Appeals | Government
    Industry: Federal Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Christopher Aaron Cosper, (Hull Barrett, P.C.), Augusta, Christopher Randall Jordan, (Hunter Maclean Exley & Dunn), Brunswick, for appellant.
    for defendant: Ira L. Foster, Kenneth Jonathan Jones, Lisa Jane Krisher, Susan Alice Reif, (Georgia Legal Services Program, Inc.), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18G0524

    City Housing Authority Hearing Officer's Decision Was Not Quasi-Judicial Decision Under Georgia Certiorari Law

  • Conley v. Pate

    Publication Date: 2019-04-02
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Daniel Melvin King, Jr., (King Law Group), Dublin, Christopher M. Carr, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, (Department Of Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Ecleynne Mercy, (Mercy Law P.C.), Atlanta, Timothy Orman McCalep, (The Law Office of Timothy McCalep PC), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1121

    Court reverses habeus petition on 20-year sentence for statutory rape

  • Fulton County v. City of Atlanta et al.

    Publication Date: 2019-04-01
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Legislation
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kaye Woodard Burwell, Denval Anthony Stewart, Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker, Emily C. Hirst, (Office of The Fulton County Attorney), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Emmet J. Bondurant, David Gregory Hill Brackett, Robert Lawrence Ashe, (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP), Atlanta, Brian Kemp, (Georgia State Board of Elections), Atlanta, Nina Hickson, Jeffrey Spencer Haymore, (City of Atlanta Law Department), Atlanta, Robert Sparks Highsmith, Jr., (Holland & Knight LLP), Atlanta, Joseph Daniel Young, (Joseph D. Young, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1156

    Court rejects County's constitutional challenge to Atlanta's property annexation

  • Young v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-02-25
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Dell Jackson, Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Darius T. Pattillo, James Luther Wright, III, Sharon Lee Hopkins, (Flint Circuit District Attorney's Office), McDonough, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1468

    Court Affirms Conviction of Murder Who Killed Ex-Wife During Domestic Dispute and Claimed He Was Wrongly Convicted in the Absence of DNA Evidence