• Carpenter v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-05-21
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brian Steel, (The Steel Law Firm, P.C.), Atlanta, Donald Franklin Samuel, (Garland, Samuel & Loeb, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Michael Alexander Oldham, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Anna Green Cross, (The Summerville Firm LLC), Atlanta, Peter Keith Johnson , Sherry Boston, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0439

    Court Rejects Appeal by Murderer Who Was Denied Opportunity to Present Evidence to Establish that Accomplice Was Generally Prone to Violence, Approving of Trial Court's Conclusion That Such Evidence Was Impermissible Character Evidence

  • Coley v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-05-21
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Warren
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jonathan Perry Waters, (Attorney at Law), Macon, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Ross Warren Bergethon, Tina Michelle Piper, Paula Khristian Smith, Rebecca Jean Dobras, Andrew Alan Pinson, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Gregory Albert Oberry, Timothy Grady Vaughn, (Oconee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Eastman, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0457

    Court Rejects Appeal by Murderer Who Shot Pedestrian Despite No Apparent Motive Over Laundry List of Challenges to Conduct of Trial Court and Counsel

  • In the Matter of Melody Yvonne Cherry

    Publication Date: 2019-05-21
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Warren Raymond Hinds, (Warren R. Hinds, P.C.), Roswell, for appellant.
    for defendant: James Stephen Lewis, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19Y0671

    Court Orders Public Reprimand of Attorney Who Admitted to Lying to Client's Doctor About Intending to Pay Doctor from Settlement Funds Before Disbursing Funds to Client and Who Forged a Prospective Client's Signature to Obtain Information about Prospective Client from Prospective Client's Insurer

  • Dozier et al. v. Watson

    Publication Date: 2019-05-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew David O'Brien, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Troy R. Millikan, Gainesville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0027

    Habeus court failed to properly apply prejudice standard in granting a habeus writ due to ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Jones v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-05-16
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Christina Gayle Woodward Bennett, Macon, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Scott Orion Teague, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Karl David Cooke, Jr., Cara Raye Fiore, (Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Macon, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0392

    Trial Court Did Not Abuse Discretion in Refusing to Allow Defendant to Impeach Witness on Cross-Examination Based on First Offender Plea

  • Burgess v. Hall

    Publication Date: 2019-05-15
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brenda Joy Bernstein, (The Bernstein Firm, PC), Palmetto, Leigh Ann Webster, (Strickland Webster, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher M. Carr, Paula Khristian Smith, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Franklin Daniel Miller, (King Law Group), Dublin, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0041

    Trial Counsel's Failure to Focus on Co-Defendant's Limited Intellectual Capacity During Cross-Examination Did Not Constitute Ineffective Assistance

  • Bellamy v. Rumer

    Publication Date: 2019-05-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: George Bellamy, (Phillips State Prison), Buford, for appellant.
    for defendant: Annette M. Cowart, Rebecca S. Mick, Russell David Willard, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Julia Anne Fessenden Slater, Frederick Lewis, (Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Columbus, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0065

    Justiciable Issue Existed as to Whether Judge Failed to Comply With Duty to Timely Rule on Convicted Defendant's Mandamus Petition

  • Castillo-Velasquez v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-05-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Warren
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kalki Yalamanchili, (Y'Chili Law LLC), Athens, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Elizabeth Haase Brock, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Lee Darragh, Wanda Lynn Vance, (Northeastern Circuit District Attorney's Office), Gainesville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0323

    Other-Act Evidence Was Admissible to Show Defendant's Intent to Commit Charged Crimes

  • Davis v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-05-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    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, Layla Hinton Zon, Amber Rae Bennett, (Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, Jason Matthew Rea, (DeKalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0250

    Trial Court Did Not Err in Allowing Investigating Officer to Testify Regarding Brief Delay in His Pre-Arrest Interview With Defendant

  • Clark v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-05-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Sherman Clark, (Macon State Prison), Oglethorpe, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Sherry Boston, Gerald Mason, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0038

    Trial Court's Earlier Denial of Motion to Extend Time For Filing Out-Of-Time Appeal Was Res Judicata as to Second Motion Seeking Same Relief