• Walsh v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-04-16
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Hines
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: George Chadwell Creal Jr., Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Donna Coleman Stribling, William Thomas Kemp III, Sherry Boston, Kenneth Tyler Edgerton (DeKalb County Solicitor General's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17G0884

    The Court of Appeals erred in reversing the trial court's grant of defendant's motion to suppress the results of a horizontal gaze nystagmus test in his DUI trial, as State failed to meet its foundational burden to show that the officer substantially performed the scientific procedures in an acceptable manner."

  • Doe v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-04-11
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Hines
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jeffrey Robert Filipovits (Filipovits Law Firm, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Richard Ashley Mallard, Keith A. McIntyre (Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Statesboro, for appellee. Brenda Jean Smeeton, Michele Maria Young, Cory Isaacson (Georgia Justice Project), Atlanta; Nancy Rhinehart DeVetter (Georgia Legal Services), Savannah, for amicus appellant. Christopher M. Carr, Sarah Hawkins Warren (Department of Law), Atlanta, for amicus appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1694

    Because the appeal at issue did not invoke the Georgia Supreme Courts constitutional-question jurisdiction, the Court returned the appeal to the Court of Appeals.

  • Peterson v. Peterson

    Publication Date: 2018-04-09
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Trusts and Estates
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Hines
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Joseph J. Burton, Jr. (Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP), Atlanta; Rosemary Smith Armstrong (Armstrong Nix, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: J. Franklin Edenfield (Spivey, Carlton & Edenfield, P.C.), Swainsboro; R. Bruce Russell, Clayton, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1488

    The trial court erred in granting summary judgment to mother in sons' suit alleging that their mother and brother breached their duties as executors of their father's will of and as trustees of a bypass trust created by that will.

  • Dent v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-03-16
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Hines
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Deborah Lorraine Leslie (The Leslie Group, LLC), Jonesboro, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Jason Matthew Rea (Department of Law), Atlanta; Elizabeth A. Baker, Tracy Graham Lawson (Clayton County District Attorney's Office), Jonesboro, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1641

    The evidence supported defendant's convictions for felony murder while in the commission of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and the trial court did not reversibly err in declining to instruct the jury on the lesser included offense of voluntary manslaughter, as the evidence did not support such a charge.

  • Taylor v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-03-05
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Hines
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Bernard Stephen Brody (Brody Law Firm), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Daniel J. Porter, Lee Franklin Tittsworth (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17G0501

    Search Warrant Affidavit Satisfactorily Established Link Between Suspect and Search Location Through Inferences Drawn from Affidavit

  • Blackwell v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-02-23
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Hines
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Gary Wilson Jones, Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta; Michael Scott Carlson, John Richard Edwards, D. Victor Reynolds, Theresa Marie Schiefer (Cobb County District Attorney's Office), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1928

    Defendant failed to prove his ineffective assistance of counsel claims following his murder conviction.

  • Smith v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-01-03
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence | Judges
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Hines
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Wayne Tarleton (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Jason Matthew Rea, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta; Jeffery Wayne Hunt, Peter J. Skandalakis, Christopher R. Keegan (Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Carrollton, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1757

    The trial court did not err in refusing to grant defendant's motions for mistrial during jury deliberations on the ground that notes from the jury showed that it was hopelessly deadlocked because the jury's statements did not indicate that it was deadlocked; considering the totality of the circumstances, the trial courts actions did not coerce the jurys verdicts.

  • Jones v. Medlin

    Publication Date: 2017-12-01
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Hines
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Steven Lee Sparger, Savannah; Peter A. Camiel (Camiel & Chaney, PS.), Seattle, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Blackwell Crowder (Department of Law), Atlanta; Daniel Melvin King, Jr. (King Law Group), Dublin, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1291

    The Supreme Court reversed the denial of defendants' petitions for writs of habeas corpus following their convictions for malice murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony because, in light of the totality of the circumstances, confidence in the outcome of the trial was undermined by States failure to provide certain potentially exculpatory evidence to the defense counsel.

  • Piccione et al. v. Arp et al

    Publication Date: 2017-11-06
    Practice Area: Trusts and Estates
    Industry:
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Hines
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: W. Wright Gammon, Jr. (Gammon, Anderson & McFall), Cedartown, for appellant.
    for defendant: Vickey Robinson Atkins (Atkins Law PC), Rockmart; James Steven Astin (Attorney at Law), Cedartown, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17A0782

    The trial court properly denied plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment in their action arising out of the distribution of their grandmother's estate, because the will imposed a requirement that the individuals named take the bequests in their own stead, that those bequests not pass through representation, and that the named individuals must survive the testator; accordingly, plaintiffs were not entitled to receive their late mother's interest in the estate.

  • Faust v. The State

    Publication Date: 2017-10-31
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Justice Hines
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Stanley W. Schoolcraft III (Office of the Public Defender), McDonough, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Jason Matthew Rea, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta; Paul L. Howard Jr., Kevin Christopher Armstrong, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1177

    The evidence supported defendant's convictions for felony murder while in the commission of an aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony after he shot and killed a man who was selling shoes out of his car.