• Kilpatrick v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-04-07
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Kenneth Luttrell, Canton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Ryan Reese Leonard, Sean Alexander Garrett, (Douglas County District Attorney's Office), Douglasville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1580

    Victim's Alleged Membership in Motorcycle Gang, Unknown to Appellant at the Time, Was Not Admissible as to Appellant's Justification Defense

  • Parham v. Stewart

    Publication Date: 2020-04-07
    Practice Area: Election and Political Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Ryd Bush Long, (John R. B. Long, P.C.), Augusta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Edward Jerome Tarver, (Enoch Tarver P.C.), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1498

    Appellant Challenging Results of Mayoral Special Election Failed to Show That Enough Illegal Votes Had Been Cast to Change to Place in Doubt the Election's Result

  • Tolbert v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-04-07
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Randall Paul Sharp, (Sharp Georgia Law Firm), Smyrna, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Min-soo Youn, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Julia Anne Fessenden Slater, Benjamin E. Gephardt, (Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Columbus, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1579

    Trial Court Did Not Err by Denying Malice Murder Defendant's Post-Arrest Statements to Police or by Admitting 'Similar Transaction' Evidence

  • Edwards v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-04-07
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    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, Matthew Min-soo Youn, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Marc A. Mallon, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1577

    Trial Court in Felony Murder Case Did Not Abuse Discretion in Admitting a Recording of a Recording of a Telephone Call; Voice Was Authenticated and Recording Was Not Hearsay

  • State v. Hamilton

    Publication Date: 2020-04-06
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Warren
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Gregory W. Edwards, Harold Ronald Moroz, Jeremy R. Hager, (Dougherty County District Attorney's Office), Albany, for appellant.
    for defendant: William Joseph Godfrey, (W.J. Godfrey Attorney at Law, LLC), Albany, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1363

    Court affirms order granting immunity from prosecution for felony murder to wife who claimed self-defense after killing her husband

  • McElrath v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-04-06
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Herman Maddox Kilgore, Carlos Javier Rodriguez, (Kilgore & Rodriguez, LLC), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Meghan Hobbs Hill, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Amelia Greeson Pray, D. Victor Reynolds, Joyette Marie Holmes, (Cobb County District Attorney's Office), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1361

    Court vacates insanity-based not guilty and guilty verdicts because they were repugnant

  • Sawyer v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-04-06
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Daniel Horne Petrey, (Dekalb County Public Defender's Office), Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, Paula Khristian Smith, Michael Alexander Oldham, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul Emily Kathleen Richardson, Sherry Boston, Destiny H. Bryant, Elizabeth Haase Brock, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1341

    Court affirms felony murder convictions over defendant's arguments on ineffective assistance of counsel regarding evidentiary issues

  • Hyden v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-04-06
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    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, David Parks White, Elizabeth Haase Brock, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, Meredith MacKenzie Head, (Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Carnesville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1496

    Evidence Presented at Trial Was Sufficient to Support Kidnapping Conviction Under Standard Set Forth in Garza v. State

  • In the Interest of A. L., a child.

    Publication Date: 2020-04-03
    Practice Area: Civil Appeals | Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Allison Bailey, Margaret Heap, (Assistant District Attorney), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Julie Herrin, (Office of the Public Defender, Eastern Judicial Circuit of Georgia), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: A19A2463

    Court dismisses State's appeal of dismissal of a delinquency petition due to lack of jurisdiction

  • Kittrell v. Dream Builder Investment, Inc. et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-04-03
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure
    Industry: Real Estate
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Anthony Kittrell, Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Kimberly Copeland, (Attorney at Law), Jesup, for appellee.

    Case Number: A19A1952

    Court vacates order opening a default, remands case for a hearing on whether the defendant's delay in answering was reasonable, and vacates summary judgment order in favor of that defendant