• In the Matter of Stephen Vincent Fitzgerald, Jr.

    Publication Date: 2021-02-25
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Russell David Willard, Elizabeth T. Young, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Heidi Manroe Faenza, Rebecca S. Mick, (Office of Bar Admissions), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Gene Chapman, (Gene Chapman LLC), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21Z0449

    Court grants attorney's application for readmission to the Georgia Bar following his earlier voluntary surrender of his license.

  • Presley v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-25
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Doyle
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Joseph Key, Kayci Timmons, (Miller & Key, P.A.), McDonough, for appellant.
    for defendant: Rocky Bridges, (Assistant District Attorney), Woodbine, Charles Higgins, (Keith Higgins, P.C.), Brunswick, Jacquelyn Johnson, (District Attorney), Brunswick, Thomas Buscemi, (District Attorney's Office, Brunswick Judicial Circuit), Brunswick, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1928

    Jury's Not-Guilty Verdicts on Manslaughter Counts Did Not Mandate Reversal on Charge of Police Officer's Violation of Oath

  • Kendricks v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-25
    Practice Area: Tax
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Miller
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: H. Morris, (Public Defender Office), Gainesville, Matthew Leipold, (Northeastern Judicial Circuit Public Defender), Gainesville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Harold Buckler, Lee Darragh, Wanda Vance, (Attorney At Law Assistant District Attorney), Gainesville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1954

    Child Sex Crime Victim's Journal Entry Was Admissible at Trial

  • In the Matter of William D. Thompson, Jr.

    Publication Date: 2021-02-24
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: William deForest Thompson, (William Deforest Thompson Jr. PA), Fort Myers, for appellant.
    for defendant: Wolanda R. Shelton, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21Y0355

    Court rejects attorney's petition for voluntary reciprocal discipline due to multiple deficiencies

  • Allen v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-24
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice McMillian
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Angela Dillon, Columbus, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Daniel J. Porter, Christopher Mark DeNeve, (Gwinnett County Solicitor General), Lawrenceville, Samuel Richard d'Entremont, (Cobb County District Attorney's Office), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0256

    Court affirms malice murder conviction over defendant's argument that he had no preconceived intention to kill the murder victim.

  • Middlebrooks v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-24
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Holly Yelton Peace, (Manning Peace, LLC), Peachtree City for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Darius T. Pattillo, Sharon Lee Hopkins, James Luther Wright, (Flint Circuit District Attorneys Office), McDonough, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0381

    Court affirms convictions for malice murder and other crimes over defendant's challenges to admission of evidence of his gang affiliation

  • Kirkland v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-23
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Wayne Tarleton, (Office of the Appellate Defender), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Mark Samuel Lindemann, Christopher M. Carr, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Stephany Julissa Luttrell, Kevin Christopher Armstrong, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0113

    Court affirms malice murder and other convictions over defendant's challenge to trial court's failure to suppress a photo lineup identification

  • Jefferson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-23
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Rodney Samuel Zell, (Zell & Zell, P.C.), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Elizabeth A. Baker, (Fayette County District Attorney's Office), Fayetteville, Brittany Ashton Fallin, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Griffin, Marie Greene Broder, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Thomaston, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20G0528

    Trial court order was final and appealable when that order effectively vacated two counts of a multi-count indictment but denied a new trial motion as to remaining counts

  • Oconee County v. Cannon et al.

    Publication Date: 2021-02-23
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Terry Eugene Williams, Jason Christopher Waymire, (Williams Morris & Waymire, LLC), Buford, for appellant.
    for defendant: Darl Hilton Champion, (The Champion Firm, P.C.), Atlanta, John David Hadden, (The Hadden Law Firm, LLC), Atlanta, Meredith Stein Watts, (The Watts Firm LLC), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20G0584

    Court remands for analysis of whether a defendant knew or should have known that he would be named as a defendant under the relation-back statute

  • Hall, Warden v. Jackson

    Publication Date: 2021-02-22
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Judge Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ronald Edwards Daniels, (Daniels Law LLC), Eastman, Christopher M. Carr, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Stephen Elijah Brown-Bennett, (Taylor Lee & Associates, LLC), Norcross, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1574

    Court affirms habeus ruling that a defendant received ineffective assistance of appellate counsel due to conflict of interest and remands for a new appeal