• Jackson v. Crickmar, Warden

    Publication Date: 2021-07-22
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Leigh Ann Webster, (Strickland Webster, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Steven Mark Rodham, (Womack, Rodham & Ray, P.C.), Lafayette, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0286

    Merger Claims May Be Raised for the First Time in Habeas and Are Not Procedurally Barred by Habeas Petitioner's Failure to Raise Them Earlier in His Criminal Case

  • Sullivan v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-21
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice LaGrua
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Gerard Bradley Kleinrock, (Office of the Public Defender), Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Alex Martin Bernick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Deborah D. Wellborn, Sherry Boston, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0229

    Court Affirms Malice Murder and Related Convictions; Defendant Fails to Show His Trial Counsel Was Ineffective for Failure to Present Evidence of Victim's Gang Affiliation

  • Hood v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-21
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice LaGrua
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Christina Rupp Cribbs, (Georgia Innocence Project), Atlanta, Michael Wayne Tarleton, (Georgia Public Defender Council - Appellate Division), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Brian Vance Patterson, (The Law Office of Brian V. Patterson, LLC), Athens, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0267

    Appellant Failed to Establish Reasonable Probability That Jury Would Have Reached a Different Verdict Had it Been Aware of Material Impeachment Evidence Relating to Witness

  • Kelly v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-21
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice LaGrua
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Chevene B. King, Jr., (C. B. King & Associates), Albany, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Darius T. Pattillo, Sharon Lee Hopkins, Elizabeth Rosenwasser, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0184

    Defendant Was Not Authorized to File a Second Motion for a New Trial After the Grant of Her Motion for an Out-of-Time Appeal; Court Dismisses Appeal as Untimely

  • Montanez v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-21
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Steven Eric Phillips, (Office of the Public Defender), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Kevin Christopher Armstrong, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0246

    Evidence Was Sufficient to Sustain Conviction as to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; Evidence Independent of Alleged Accomplice's Testimony Provided Slight Corroboration of Alleged Accomplice's Account

  • Harvey et al. v. Merchan

    Publication Date: 2021-07-20
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Candace Ellene Rader, (Candace E Rader P.C.), Carrollton, Met Merritt Lane, (Shadrix Lane & Parmer, PC), Carrollton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Esther Dina Feuer Panitch, (The Panitch Law Group, P.C.), Atlanta, Brian Joseph Atkinson, Emily M. Hetherington, Devin LeDrut Mashman, (Wilbanks Cease Clinic), Athens, for Appellee; Paul E. Weathington, (Weathington, LLC), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellant; Lyle Griffin Warshauer, (Warshauer Law Group, P.C.), Atlanta, Darren Wade Penn, Kevin M. Ketner, (Penn Law LLC), Atlanta, Jacqueline Olivia Eisermann, Richard A. Horder, (Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0143

    Law Applies to Torts Committed in Georgia, While Quebec Law Applies to Torts Committed in Quebec; Trial Court Must Compare Respective Limitations Periods

  • Armstrong et al. v. Cuffie et al.

    Publication Date: 2021-07-20
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Legal Malpractice
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Timothy James Gardner, Henrietta Gaveral Brown, (Gardner Trial Attorneys), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Thomas F. Cuffie, Magua Bianca Benson, (The Cuffie Law Firm), Atlanta, for appellee; James Andrew Neuberger, (Neuberger Law, LLC.), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellant.

    Case Number: S20G1404

    Statute of limitations for legal malpractice claim in a negligence case begins on the last day when injured party' counsel could have started an underinsured motorist claim

  • In the Matter of Joseph Roger Davis.

    Publication Date: 2021-07-20
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Stephen Lewis, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Joseph Roger Davis, (Robert O. House PC), Macon, Joseph Roger Davis, Sr., Macon, for appellee; Herman Maddox Kilgore, (Kilgore & Rodriguez LLC), Marietta, Daniel S. Reinhardt, (Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: S20Y0752

    Court affirms sanction of disbarment against an attorney with a prior disciplinary record who had abandoned and failed to respond to a client

  • Flood v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice LaGrua
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David T. Lock, (David T. Lock, LLC), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Mark Samuel Lindemann, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Margaret Ellen Heap, Jennifer Leigh Parker, (Office of the District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0025

    Evidence Was Sufficient to Support Felony Murder Conviction; Verdict Form and Jury Charge Allowed for Jury's Proper Consideration of Murder Charges

  • Gatto et al. v. City of Statesboro et al.

    Publication Date: 2021-07-19
    Practice Area: Premises Liability
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice LaGrua
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Brian Terry, Naveen Ramachandrappa, Amanda Kay Seals, (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP), Atlanta, Gilbert H. Deitch, Andrew Timothy Rogers, Kara Elizabeth Phillips, William Michael D'Antignac, (Deitch & Rogers LLC), Atlanta, George Brian Spears, (G. Brian Spears, P.C.), Atlanta, Charles Edwin Johnson, (Foy & Associates), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Richard Read Gignilliat, John Campbell Stivarius, Jr., Tracy Lynn Glanton, (Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson, LLP), Atlanta,; Craig T. Jones, (Craig T. Jones, PC), Washington, Amicus Appellant; Seth Michael Friedman, (Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith), Atlanta, Rusi Chandrashkhar Patel, Emily Clare Hirst, (Georgia Municipal Association, Inc.), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellee.

    Case Number: S20G0651

    Court affirms that a municipality has sovereign immunity from claims for nuisance liability when the municipality does not own or control property where injuries occurred

  • Kinslow v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Sydney Rene Strickland, Leigh Ann Webster, (Strickland Webster, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Daniel William Alan Peach, Patsy A. Austin-Gatson, (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for Appellee.

    Case Number: S20G1001

    Court reverses defendant's conviction for computer trespass, concluding that the evidence did not support a violation of the statutory language