• Roberts v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-02-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Miller
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Roberts, Pelham, for appellant.
    for defendant: Paul Howard (District Attorney), Atlanta; Kevin Armstrong (Office of the District Attorney), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1577

    The trial court erred in denying defendant's pauper's status without first holding a hearing on the question of indigence pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 9-15-2.

  • The Law Offices Of Jorge Luis Flores, LLC v. Cruz & Associates

    Publication Date: 2018-02-16
    Practice Area: Administrative Law | Attorney Compensation
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge McMillian
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ricardo DeMedeiros (The Law Office of Rick J. DeMedeiros, PC), Conyers, for appellant.
    for defendant: Ronald Pellitero (Cruz & Associates), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1983

    The trial court erred in reversing the Appellate Division of the State Board of Workers Compensation's decision affirming an award of attorney fees to former counsel in a worker's compensation case because, applying the appropriate standard of review, there was sufficient evidence below to support the award of attorney fees.

  • The State v. Herman

    Publication Date: 2018-02-15
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Miller
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Joseph Black (Assistant District Attorney), Statesboro; Richard Mallard (District Attorney), Statesboro, for appellant.
    for defendant: Renata Newbill-Jallow (Public Defender Ogeechee Judicial Circuit), Statesboro, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1978

    The trial court erred in granting defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained during a traffic stop because the open-air dog sniff did not unconstitutionally prolong the stop since an officer was still in the process of running a check of the driver's license, which is part of the mission of a traffic stop.

  • In The Interest Of T. W., a child.

    Publication Date: 2018-02-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Reese
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Willymena Joseph (Georgia Public Defender Council), Brunswick, for appellant.
    for defendant: Jacquelyn Johnson (District Attorney), Brunswick; Thomas Buscemi (District Attorney's Office, Brunswick Judicial Circuit), Brunswick, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1681

    The Court reversed the adjudication of delinquency to the extent it was based upon a finding that juvenile had participated in criminal street gang activity because evidence showing that juvenile was with gang members and accepted a gun from a gang member was legally insufficient to support the ruling.

  • Roberts v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-02-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brandon Lewis (Attorney at Law), Norcross, for appellant.
    for defendant: Anna Cross (County District Attorney's Office), Decatur; Sherry Boston (DeKalb County District Attorney), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1608

    The evidence supported defendant's convictions for violating the Georgia RICO Act, identity fraud, financial-transaction-card fraud and exploitation of an elder person arising out of a scheme in which she called senior citizens, claimed that she was a representative of a power company, and informed them that their utility bill had not been paid and that their power would be cut off if they did not provide her with credit card, bank account or other personal and financial information, which she then used to obtain cash or buy things.

  • Jordan v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-02-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge McMillian
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David Walker (Appellate Division-GPDC), Macon, for appellant.
    for defendant: Benjamin Coker (District Attorney), Thomaston; Brittany Fallin (Upson County District Attorney's Office), Thomaston, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1580

    The evidence supported defendants' convictions for armed robbery and the trial court did not abuse its discretion in refusing to postpone the proceedings until a new jury venire could be convened after defendants failed to timely return to court after lunch and the trial court issued bench warrants for their arrest in the presence of the prospective jurors.

  • Automotive Credit Corp. v. White

    Publication Date: 2018-02-13
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Trace Dillon (Dillon Law Firm P.C.), Snellville; Dwayne Kinney, Snellville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Dominique White, Kennesaw, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1559

    The trial court erred in denying plaintiff's petition to domesticate and enforce a foreign judgment; although the trial court correctly found that, under O.C.G.A. § 9-12-60, the judgment became dormant seven years after it was entered, the trial court overlooked the fact that plaintiff had an additional three years after the judgment became dormant to revive it under O.C.G.A. § 9-12-61.

  • Williams v. Johnson

    Publication Date: 2018-02-13
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Premises Liability
    Industry: Construction
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lloyd Hedrick (Hedrick Law LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Derric Crowther (Crowther Law Firm, PC), Atlanta; Deirdre Stephens (Attorney at Law), Pine Lake, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1652

    Defendant was entitled to summary judgment in plaintiff's premises liability suit because plaintiff had at least equal, if not superior, knowledge as defendant did of the hazard that caused his injury and the evidence was "plain, palpable and undisputable."

  • Stanley v. Government Employees Insurance Company

    Publication Date: 2018-02-13
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Clyde Rickard (Rickard & Nix), Atlanta; Jessica Nix (The Law Office of Rickard & Nix), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Frederick Valz, T. Bell (Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. Alissa Young, Long Eddy, for other party.

    Case Number: A17A1813

    Insurer was entitled to summary judgment in plaintiff's action seeking uninsured motorist coverage from his fiancs parents automobile insurance carrier.

  • In The Interest Of J. F., a child.

    Publication Date: 2018-02-12
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: G. Stepp (G. Richard Stepp, P.C.), Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Daniel Porter (District Attorney Gwinnett Justice & Administrative Center), Lawrenceville; Nhan-Ai Simms, Pareesa Amjadi (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A16A0395

    The trial court properly denied juvenile defendant's motion to dismiss the case against him with prejudice because when State fails to file a delinquency petition within the required 30 days or to seek and receive an extension of that deadline, the case must be dismissed without prejudice.