• Welch v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-10-27
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Bruce Steven Harvey, (Law Offices of Bruce S. Harvey), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Kathleen Leona McCanless, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Tasha Monique Mosley, Karen Smith Barbour, (Clayton County District Attorney's Office), Jonesboro, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1010

    Defendant's Girlfriend's Out-Of-Court Statement Was Admissible Under Forfeiture-By-Wrongdoing Exception to Hearsay Rule

  • Subar v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-10-08
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Gerard Bradley Kleinrock, (Office of the Public Defender), Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Mark Samuel Lindemann, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Emily Kathleen Richardson, Lenny I. Krick, Sherry Boston, Shannon Elysia Hodder, Alana Jane Driscoll, (Dekalb County District Attorneys Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0942

    It Was Highly Probable That Trial Court's Admission of Evidence of Prior Burglary Trial Did Not Contribute to Jury's Malice Murder Conviction

  • Anderson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-09-23
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Isabella Krystle Levy, Katherine Morgan Mason, (Augusta Circuit Public Defender's Office), Augusta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Elizabeth Rosenwasser, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Joshua Bradley Smith, Rebecca Ashley Wright, (Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0873

    Court affirms felony murder and other convictions over defendant's contentions of trial court error and ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Kim v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-09-23
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lisa Michelle Wolff, Emily J. Gilbert, (Georgia Capital Defenders), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Leslie Anna Coots, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Daniel J. Porter, Samuel Richard d'Entremont, (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0865

    Court affirms convictions for malice murder and other crimes over defendant's contention that all of the evidence was circumstantial and insufficient to convict him

  • Clay v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-09-22
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Evidence
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Rashad Clay, (Ware State Prison), Waycross, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Daniel J. Porter, Lee Franklin Tittsworth, Samuel Richard d'Entremont, Daniel Sanmiguel, (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0727

    Court affirms convictions for malice murder and other offenses over defendant's numerous pro se challenges to evidence and other matters

  • Hodges v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-09-22
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Gregory Davis Smith, (Conger & Smith, LLC), Bainbridge, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, (Department of Law), Atlanta, George Elemuel Barnhill, John Andrew Rumker, (Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Douglas, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0709

    Court affirms malice murder and other convictions over defendant's contention over trial court error in denying a new trial motion on general grounds.

  • Hill v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-09-08
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ryan Christopher Locke, (Locke Law Firm LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Leslie Anna Coots, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Tristan Wade Gillespie, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0804

    Court affirms malice murder and other convictions over defendant's challenge to sufficiency of evidence

  • Finnissee v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-09-04
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kathleen Strang, Albany, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Bradfield M. Shealy, Michelle Thomas Harrison, (Southern Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Valdosta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0966

    Trial Counsel's Decision Not to Request Jury Instruction on Lesser Offense of Voluntary Manslaughter Was Strategically Sound

  • McDowell v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-09-02
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jerry W. Chappell, Roswell, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Mark Samuel Lindemann, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Aslean Zachary Eaglin, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0739

    Trial Court Did Not Err in Admitting Evidence Related to Inadvertently Destroyed Handgun in Connection to Murder

  • Stephens v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-08-31
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Juwayn Haddad, (Haddad Law Group, LLC), Tucker, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Mark Samuel Lindemann, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Elizabeth A. Baker, (Fayette County District Attorney's Office) Fayetteville, Tasha Monique Mosley, Christopher David Sperry, Jeffrey Michael Hawkins, (Clayton County District Attorney's Office), Jonesboro, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0583

    Court affirms malice murder conviction over defendant's contentions of trial court error regarding the striking a prospective juror for cause