• Williams v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-08-05
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lynn M. Kleinrock, (Law Office of Lynn M. Kleinrock), Tucker, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Katherine DeRosa Emerson, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Daniel J. Porter, Lee Franklin Tittsworth, Daniel Sanmiguel, (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0078

    Court affirms felony murder conviction over defendant's contentions of error in jury instructions and ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Nelson v. Wilkey

    Publication Date: 2020-08-05
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Billy J. Dixon, Tracy Graham Lawson, (Clayton County District Attorney's Office), Jonesboro, Elizabeth A. Baker, (Fayette County District Attorney's Office), Fayetteville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Maryann Faith Blend, (Maryann F. Blend, Esq., P.C.), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0013

    Court affirms grant of habeus relief where defendant received ineffective assistance of plea counsel on his right to withdraw a guilty plea

  • Frazier v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-08-05
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice McMillian
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Stanley W. Schoolcraft, (Office of the Public Defender), McDonough, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Meghan Hobbs Hill, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Mathew Eli Plott, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0088

    Court affirms malice murder and other convictions over defendant's contentions of insufficient evidence, evidentiary error, and ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Bowden et al. v. The Medical Center, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2020-08-05
    Practice Area: Class Actions | Health Care Law
    Industry: Health Care
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Frank Mitchell Lowrey, Michael Rosen Baumrind, Michael Brian Terry, (Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP), Atlanta, Charles A. Gower, Charles Austin Gower, (Charles A. Gower, P.C.), Columbus, for appellant.
    for defendant: William N. Withrow, Lindsey Bowen Mann, (Troutman Sanders, LLP), Atlanta, Paul Douglas Ivey, Robert Calhoun Martin, Lauren King Dimitri, (Hall Booth Smith, P.C.), Columbus, Miller Peterson Robinson, (King & Spalding LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. Curtis Allen Garrett, James Francis Bogan, (Kilpatrick Stockton LLP), Atlanta, Robert Perry Sentell, Joseph Hixon Huff, (Kilpatrick Stockton LLP), Augusta, for Amicus Appellant. Jason Edward Bring, Chesley Sellers McLeod, William Jerad Rissler, (Arnall Golden Gregory LLP), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: S19G0494

    Court reverses class certification, and rules that a hospital was entitled to summary judgment on patient's fraud, misrepresentation, and RICO Act claims

  • Priester v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-08-04
    Practice Area: Tax
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    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, Alex Martin Bernick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Margaret Ellen Heap, Noah Jared Abrams, (Office of the District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0444

    Aggravated Battery Offenses Merged Into Greater Offenses of Attempted Murder

  • Barboza v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-08-04
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David D. Marshall, (Law Office of David D. Marshall), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew David O'Brien, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Joyette Marie Holmes, Amelia Greeson Pray, D. Victor Reynolds, (Cobb County District Attorney's Office), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0404

    No Error in Trial Court's Detailed Explanation to Prospective Jurors of Prosecution Witness's Plea Deal

  • Raines v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-08-03
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Warren
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Atteeyah Eshe Hollie, Mark Aaron Loudon-Brown, (Southern Center for Human Rights), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Benjamin David Coker, Brittany Ashton Fallin, Scott L. Ballard, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Center, Christopher M. Carr, Paula Khristian Smith, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Elizabeth Haase Brock, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0181

    Judge May Make Specific Determination Whether Juvenile Is Irreparably Corrupt Before Imposing LWOP Sentence

  • Stepp-McCommons v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-08-03
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice McMillian
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Frances C. Kuo, Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (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: S20A0254

    Evidence Supported Trial Court's Refusal to Instruct on Accident or Lesser Included Offenses

  • Franzen et al. v. Downtown Development Authority of Atlanta et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-08-03
    Practice Area: Government | Land Use and Planning | Project Finance
    Industry: Construction | Real Estate | State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Carranza M. Pryor, (The Pryor Law Firm), Atlanta, John Floyd Woodham, (Woodham Law, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Matthew James Calvert, Laura T. Wagner, (Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP), Atlanta, Robert Sparks Highsmith, Douglass Payton Selby, (Hunton & Williams, LLP), Atlanta, Alvin LaMont Kendall, (The Kendall Law Firm), Atlanta, Keith M. Wiener, (Holland & Knight LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. Christopher M. Carr, Ross Warren Bergethon, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: S20A0328

    City of Atlanta Had Statutory and Constitutional Authority to Finance Redevelopment Project Through Infrastructure Fees

  • Strong v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-08-03
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Sydney Rene Strickland, (Strickland Webster, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Michael Alexander Oldham, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Joyette Marie Holmes, Linda Jeanne Dunikoski, (Cobb County District Attorney's Office), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0270

    Admission of Voluminous Other-Acts Evidence of Defendant's Past Violent Acts Was Prejudicial Error