• Duke v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-04-12
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ashleigh Bartkus Merchant, John B. Merchant, III, (The Merchant Law Firm, P.C.), Marietta, John Sikes Gibbs, III, (Troutman Sanders LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Clifford Paul Bowden, Jennifer Dawn Hart, (Tifton Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Tifton, Bradford Lee Rigby, (Cordele Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Cordele, for appellee. Patrick Mulvaney, (Southern Center For Human Rights), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellant.Robert Wright Smith, Jr., (Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia), Morrow, Shannon Glover Wallace, (Cherokee County District Attorney's Office), Canton, Kelly Jean Long Pridgen, Larry Wayne Ramsey, Jr., G. Joseph Scheuer, (Association County Commissioners of Georgia), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellee. Omotayo Bayonle Alli, (Georgia Public Defender Council Appellate Division), Atlanta, for Other Party.

    Case Number: S20A1522

    Indigent Criminal Defendant Private Pro Bono Counsel Was Entitled to State-Funded Experts and Investigators

  • Volkova v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-03-26
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Matthew Kyle Winchester, (Law Offices of Matthew K. Winchester), Atlanta, Jason Michael McLendon, (McLendon Law Firm, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Daniel J. Porter, Lee Franklin Tittsworth, (Gwinnett Circuit District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, Daniel Sanmiguel, (Hall County Solicitor's Office), Gainesville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0006

    Trial Court Did Not Err in Instruction to Jury on Statement Made to Police by Murder Appellant Who Was Not in Custody at the Time

  • Kirkland v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-23
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Wayne Tarleton, (Office of the Appellate Defender), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Mark Samuel Lindemann, Christopher M. Carr, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Stephany Julissa Luttrell, Kevin Christopher Armstrong, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0113

    Court affirms malice murder and other convictions over defendant's challenge to trial court's failure to suppress a photo lineup identification

  • Martin v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-01-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David T. Lock, (David T. Lock, LLC), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Matthew David O'Brien, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Margaret Ellen Heap, Emily Catherine Puhala, (Office of the District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1134

    Court affirms malice murder and aggravated assault convictions over defendants' evidentiary challenges and claims of trial court error.

  • Boone v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-01-13
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Odeirrek D. Boone, Alamo, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Meghan Hobbs Hill, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Richard Benjamin Caplan, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0171

    Trial Court Erred in Denying Evidentiary Hearing After Defendant Claimed Trial Counsel Never Informed Him of His Right to Appeal

  • Doricien v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-01-13
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Andrew Van Thomas, II, (Andrew V. Thomas II, PC), Valdosta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Kathleen Leona McCanless, Meghan Hobbs Hill, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Michelle Thomas Harrison, Bradfield M. Shealy, (Southern Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Valdosta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0262

    Evidence Supported Jury's Finding Shooter Did Not Act in Self-Defense

  • Guzman-Perez v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-01-08
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lynn M. Kleinrock, (Law Office of Lynn M. Kleinrock), Tucker, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Mark Samuel Lindemann, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Daniel J. Porter, Samuel Richard d'Entremont, (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1102

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

  • Hughes v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-12-22
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kimberly Laverne Copeland, (Kimberly L. Copeland & Associates, LLC), Jesup, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew David O'Brien, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Margaret Ellen Heap, Bradley Robert Thompson, (Office of the District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1309

    Evidence Was Sufficient to Find Defendant Guilty for Felony Murder; Trial Court Did Not Give Incorrect or Incomplete Charges on Felony Murder or Proximate Cause

  • Morris v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-12-17
    Practice Area: Tax
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Walter Donnelly, (Western Judicial Circuit Public Defender), Athens, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew David O'Brien, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Brian Vance Patterson, (Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Athens, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1218

    Evidence Did Not Support Defendant's Claim He Repeatedly Shot Victim With Assault Rifle in Self-Defense

  • Kemp et al. v. Gonzalez et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-11-13
    Practice Area: Election and Political Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Elizabeth T. Young, Russell David Willard, Andrew Alan Pinson, Christopher M. Carr, Miles Christian Skedsvold, Bryan Keith Webb, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Bruce Perrin Brown, (Bruce P. Brown Law LLC), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21Q0068

    OCGA §45-5-3.2, Which Authorizes a D.A. to Serve Beyond Remainder of Prior D.A.'s Unexpired Term Without an Election, Conflicts With the Georgia Constitution and May Not Be Enforced