• Schmitz v. Barron, Director et al.

    Publication Date: 2021-10-20
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Election and Political Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ray Stallings Smith, III, (Smith & Liss, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Joseph Michael Sibley, Terri René Simmons, (Dekalb County Superior Court), Decatur, Nancy Ladson Rowan, David Robert Lowman, Cheryl Melissa Ann Ringer, Ted Jackson, Kaye Woodard Burwell, (Office of the Fulton County Attorney), Atlanta, Alex Benjamin Kaufman, (Hall Booth Smith), Atlanta, Adam Martin Sparks, Joshua Ivan McLaurin, (Krevolin & Horst LLC), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A1131

    Plaintiff Did Not Exercise Diligence in Ensuring That Notice of Election Contest Was Properly Served Upon Defendant

  • McIntyre v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-10-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Colvin
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Roy W. Copeland, Rodney L. Lawton, (Copeland, Haugabrook & Walker), Valdosta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Parisia Faith Sarfarazi, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Christopher M. Carr, (Office of the Attorney General), Atlanta, Clifford Paul Bowden, Patrick Warren, Bryce Alan Johnson, (Tifton Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Tifton, Larry Michael Johnson, Nashville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A1146

    Evidence Supported Felony Murder Conviction; Trial Court Did Not Err in Failing to Charge Jury on Voluntary Manslaughter

  • Poole v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-10-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Colvin
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Titus Thomas Nichols, (Nichols Law, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Leslie Anna Coots, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Christopher M. Carr, (Office of the Attorney General), Atlanta, Sherry Boston, Elizabeth Haase Brock, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A1103

    Evidence Supported Defendant's Gang Act Conviction; State Showed Necessary Nexus Between Shooting and Intent to Further Gang Interests

  • Anglin v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-10-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jessica Irene Benjamin, Benjamin Alston Pearlman, (Western Judicial Circuit Public Defender), Athens, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Eric Christopher Peters, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Deborah Gonzalez, (Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Athens, Christopher M. Carr, (Office of the Attorney General), Atlanta, Patrick Alan Najjar, (Office of the District Attorney Piedmont Judicial Circuit), Jefferson, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0845

    Evidence Supported Jury's Conclusion That Defendant Was Guilty of Malice Murder in Shooting Death of Wife's Brother

  • Washington v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-10-18
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice McMillian
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Christina Michelle Kempter, (Kempter Law Group, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Mark Samuel Lindemann, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Christopher M. Carr, (Office of the Attorne General), Atlanta, Fani T. Willis, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Burke Olivia Doherty, Juliana Sleeper, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0829

    Defendant Not Prejudiced by Trial Counsel's Failure to Object to SurveillanceVideos and Police Opinion Testimony

  • Johnson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-10-18
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Steven Eric Phillips, (Office of the Public Defender), Atlanta, Brian Steel, (The Steel Law Firm, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, William C. Enfinger, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Christopher M. Carr, (Office of the Attorne General), Atlanta, Fani T. Willis, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Ruth M. Pawlak, (Fulton County District Atorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0807

    Evidence of Crimes Committed Shortly Before Charged Crimes Was Admissible as Extrinsic Evidence

  • Tidwell v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-10-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Colvin
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David Edward Clark, (Clark & Towne, PC), Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Penny Alane Penn, Sandra Ann Partridge, (Forsyth County District Attorney's Office), Cumming, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Christopher M. Carr, (Office of the Attorney General), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0739

    Evidence of Brutal and Unprovoked Beating of Victim by Several Assailants Precluded Mutual Combat Instruction

  • Mahdi v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-10-15
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Mustafa Mahdi, (Rutledge State Prison), Columbus, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Christopher M. Carr, (Office of the Attorney General), Atlanta, Elizabeth A. Baker, (Fayette County District Attorney's Office), Fayetteville, Daniel A. Hiatt, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Fayetteville, Marie Greene Broder, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Thomaston, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0740

    Failure to Raise Attorney Ineffectiveness Claim in Motion For New Trial Precluded Raising Issue on Direct Appeal

  • Dunn v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-10-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice McMillian
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Sandra G. Dawson, (The Law Office of Sandra Dawson, LLC), Marietta, Sylvia Goldman, (Goldman & Donnelly Law Firm), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Leslie Anna Coots, Matthew David O'Brien, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Christopher M. Carr, (Office of the Attorne General), Atlanta, Michael Scott Carlson, (Georgia Bureau of Investigation), Decatur, Jesse David Evans, (Paulding County District Attorney's Office), Kennesaw, Flynn Duncan Broady, Amelia Greeson Pray, Samuel Richard d'Entremont, (Cobb County District Attorney's Office), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0761

    Defendant Not Prejudiced by Admission of YouTube Gangster-Rap Video Used by Gang as Recruitment Tool

  • Roberts v. Unison Behavioral Health

    Publication Date: 2021-10-14
    Practice Area: Damages | Government | Motor Vehicle Torts
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Mylee McKinney O’Connor, Graham Franklin Floyd, (JohnsonFloyd LLP), Baxley, for appellant.
    for defendant: Kathleen M. Pacious, (Office of the Attorney General), Atlanta, Loretta L. Pinkston-Pope, William Knight Scott, Angela Ellen Cusimano, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Christopher M. Carr, (Office of the Attorney General), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20G1518

    Ante Litem Notice to State Entity Adequately Described Nature and Extent of Claimant's Loss Following Vehicle Accident

  • Crawford v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-10-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Erica Cori Matos, (Axiom Global), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Fani T. Willis, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Burke Olivia Doherty, Richard Benjamin Caplan, (Fulton County District Attorney’s Office), Atlanta, Christopher M. Carr, (Office of the Attorney General), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0638

    Evidence Was Sufficient to Support Finding Defendant Was At Least Party to Charged Crimes