• McGee v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-12
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jeffrey Vincent McGee, Buford, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Jeffery Wayne Hunt, John H. Cranford, Jr., (Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Carrollton, Peter J. Skandalakis, (Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia), Morrow, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0670

    Defendant failed to show how ineffective assistance of counsel was prejudicial

  • Johnson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-08
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Eric C. Crawford, (Crawford & Boyle, LLC), Monroe, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Scott Orion Teague, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Anna Green Cross, (The Summerville Firm), Atlanta, Sherry Boston, Gerald Lee Henderson, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0805

    Court Affirms Conviction of Murderer Who Instigated Shoot-Out at Gas Station

  • Willis v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-07
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Charles Henry Frier, Atlanta, Akil K. Secret, (The Secret Firm, PC.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Sabrina Dawn Graham, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Channell Veena Singh, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Kevin Christopher Armstrong, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee. Brian Kammer, (Georgia Resource Center), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: S18P0915

    Court Affirms Imposition of the Death Penalty for Home-Invasion Murderer

  • Gramiak v. Beasley

    Publication Date: 2018-10-26
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Michael Alexander Oldham (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Rodney Samuel Zell, (Zell & Zell, PC.), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0784

    Remand to habeus court for determination of whether trial counsel's and appellate counsel's performances were deficient and prejudicial to defendant

  • The State v. Holmes

    Publication Date: 2018-10-26
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Marc A. Mallon, (Fulton County District), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Suzanne M. Tevis, (Fulton County Public), Atlanta, Tamara Natasha Crawford, (Atlanta Circuit Public), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0851

    Order for new trial vacated and case remanded for consideration of admission of hearsay under "necessity" rule

  • McWilliams v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-10-23
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Thomas Michael Martin, (The Martin Law Firm, LLC), Fayetteville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Vanessa Therese Meyerhoefer, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Kevin Christopher Armstrong, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, (Fulton County District), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0728

    Admission of extrinsic evidence at trial was not prejudicial to murder defendant

  • Felton v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-10-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Matthew K. Winchester, (Law Offices of Matthew K. Winchester), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Deputy, Paula Khristian Smith, Senior Assistant, Christopher M. Carr, Attorney General, Matthew Min-soo Youn, Assistant, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Joshua Bradley Smith, A.D.A., Natalie Spires Paine, District Attorney , Henry Wayne Syms, Jr., District Attorney (Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0627

    Court Upholds Conviction of Murderer Who Claimed Trial Judge Interfered with Witness Examination

  • Withers et al. v. Schroeder

    Publication Date: 2018-10-01
    Practice Area: Judges
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Laura Karen Johnson, Terry Gerard Phillips, Shaheem Malik Williams, (Dekalb County Law Department), Decatur, Thomas Monroe Mitchell, Angela C. Couch (Carothers & Mitchell, LLC), Buford, for appellant.
    for defendant: Gerard John Lupa, (Lupa Law, LLC), Stone Mountain, Harlan Stuart Miller, III, (Miller Legal, PC.), Macon, for appellee. Dale R. Samuels (The Samuels Firm), Buford, E. R. Lanier (Council Of Municipal Court Judges of Georgia), Monticello, Michael Brian Terry, David Gregory Hill Brackett, (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP), Atlanta, for amicus curiae.

    Case Number: S17G1875

    Personnel are Protected from Suit by Judicial Immunity When They Act in Their Judicial Capacity

  • Reed v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-09-28
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Nazish Altaf Ahmed, (Atlanta Circuit Public Defender's Office), Atlanta, Stephen Randall Scarborough (Stephen R. Scarborough, PC.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, Paula Khristian Smithm Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta, Joshua Daniel Morrison, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Aslean Beth Zachary, A.D.A. (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0624

    No Error in Jury Instructions that Led to a Murder Conviction

  • Willis v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-08-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Andrew Santos Fleischman (Ross & Pines LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew David O'Brien (Department of Law), Atlanta; Paul L. Howard Jr., Kevin Christopher Armstrong, Michael V. Snow (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0035

    Trial Judge's Expression of Opinion To Jury As To Whether Fact At Issue Had Been Proved Was Subject to Plain Error Review