• Smith v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-03-30
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Warren
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jacob Dennis Rhein, (Law Offices of Jacob D. Rhein), Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Michael Alexander Oldham, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Stephany Julissa Luttrell, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Dustin Jeremiah Lee, (Fulton County Office of the District Attorney), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1098

    Court affirms felony murder conviction over defendant's arguments regarding sufficiency of evidence, trial court error, and assistance of counsel

  • Sexton-Johnson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-03-30
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Brown
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Frances Kuo, Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Daniel Porter, Ramona Sakhanokho, (District Attorney Gwinnett Justice & Administrative Center), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A19A2066

    Counsel's Failure to Challenge Open Container of Alcohol Charge Harmed Defendant; Conviction Reversed as Void Ab Initio

  • In the Matter of Julianne Wesley Holliday.

    Publication Date: 2020-03-30
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Wolanda R. Shelton, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, III, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Julianne Wesley Holliday, (Chattahoochee Circuit Public Defenders Office), Columbus, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20Y0065

    Court agrees that disbarment is an appropriate sanction for three disciplinary proceedings brought against an attorney

  • Westbrook v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-03-30
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Warren
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Wayne Tarleton, (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Meghan Hobbs Hill, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Emily Kathleen Richardson, Sherry Boston, Destiny H. Bryant, Elizabeth Haase Brock, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1120

    Court affirms malice murder conviction over defendant's arguments against sufficiency of evidence, trial court error, and assistance of counsel

  • Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP et al. v. Moody et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-03-27
    Practice Area: Legal Malpractice
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Mark Alan Rogers, (NCR Corp.), Atlanta, Johannes S. Kingma, John Colquitt Rogers, (Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Douglas Vincent Chandler, Shaun P. Rooney, (Chandler Law, LLC), Atlanta, for appellee. Matthew D. Friedlander, Caroline Johnson Tanner, (Holland & Knight, LLP), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellee.

    Case Number: S18G1436

    Plaintiff in legal malpractice case waives attorney-client privilege with respect to communications with other lawyers that worked on the same matter.

  • Jones v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-03-27
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Quincy Jones, (Riverbend Correctional Facility), Milledgeville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Elizabeth Baker, John Fowler, (Clayton County District Attorney's Office), Jonesboro, Tasha Mosley, Charles Brooks, (Harold Banke Justice Center), Jonesboro, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0309

    Court vacates trial court's denial of defendant's motion for out-of-time appeal and remands for an evidentiary hearing on effectiveness of counsel

  • Bamberg v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-03-27
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Rodney Samuel Zell, (Zell & Zell, P.C.), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Mark Samuel Lindemann, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Andrew J. Ekonomou, Jacquelyn Lee Johnson, Jan Kennedy, Thomas Edwars Buscemi, (Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Brunswick, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1052

    Court affirms convictions of mother and son for murder of the son's ex-wife over their challenges to evidence and alleged trial court error

  • King v. King

    Publication Date: 2020-03-27
    Practice Area: Dispute Resolution | Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: William Custer, Jennifer Dempsey, (Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP), Atlanta, Cary Ichter, (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, Elizabeth Lindsey, (Davis Matthews & Quigley), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Randall Berryman, (Berryman Family Law), Atlanta, James McGinnis, Andrew McClintock, (Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy PC), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0034

    Court affirms order vacating arbitration award in a divorce proceeding due to arbitrator's imperfect execution of his authority under an agreement and consent decree

  • Oliver v. Field

    Publication Date: 2020-03-26
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Coomer
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Anthony Oliver, Ludowici, for appellant.
    for defendant: Richard Rafter, (The Rafter Law Firm, LLC), Springfield, for appellee.

    Case Number: A19A1730

    Pro Se Limitations in Vexatious Litigant Ruling Were Reasonable And Did Not Deprive Party of Access to Court

  • Davis v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-03-26
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Coomer
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ryan Locke, (Locke Law Firm, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Jacquelyn Johnson, Thomas Buscemi, (District Attorney's Office, Brunswick Judicial Circuit), Brunswick, for appellee.

    Case Number: A19A1844

    Extraordinary Motion For New Trial Not Proper Method For Addressing Constitutional Claims