• Bowen et al. v. Savoy et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-04-08
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patrick W. McKee, (Law Office of Patrick W. McKee, LLC), Newnan, for appellant.
    for defendant: Robert Scott Carlson, Lauren Jill Miller, Harry W. MacDougald, (Caldwell, Propst & Deloach, LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19G0278

    To Show a Proper Case for Opening Default, Defendant Need Not Provide a Reasonable Explanation for Failure to File a Timely Answer

  • Kilpatrick v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-04-07
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Kenneth Luttrell, Canton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Ryan Reese Leonard, Sean Alexander Garrett, (Douglas County District Attorney's Office), Douglasville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1580

    Victim's Alleged Membership in Motorcycle Gang, Unknown to Appellant at the Time, Was Not Admissible as to Appellant's Justification Defense

  • Calhoun v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-04-02
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Erika Clarke Birg, Lucas Allen Westby, Brandon Oliver Moulard, Shaniqua Singleton, Elizabeth A. Falconer, (Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Michael Alexander Oldham, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, David Parks White, (Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Hartwell, Brian Joseph Atkinson, (Wilbanks CEASE Clinic), Athens, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1411

    State Trooper's Action in Executing PIT Maneuver on Fleeing Car Was Not Intervening Cause of Passenger's Death

  • The State v. Williams

    Publication Date: 2020-03-05
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Shannon Glover Wallace, Zachary Holman Smith, Cliff Head, (Cherokee County District Attorney's Office), Canton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Bernard Stephen Brody, (Brody Law Firm), Atlanta, for appellee. Layla Hinton Zon, (Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Covington, Robert Wright Smith, Jr., (Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia), Morrow, Samuel Richard d'Entremont, (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for Amicus Appellant.

    Case Number: S19G0005

    Court reverses appellate court's dismissal of aggravated sexual battery conviction notwithstanding trial court's erroneous jury instruction.

  • Walker v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-03-03
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: William Allen Adams, Jr., (Griffin Circuit Public Defender Office), Thomaston, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew David O'Brien, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Benjamin David Coker, Brittany Ashton Fallin, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Griffin, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1520

    Jury Was Properly Instructed on Elements of Malice Murder Despite Trial Court's Singular Use of Wrong Word in Jury Instruction

  • Gittens v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-03-02
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Randall Paul Sharp, (Sharp Georgia Law Firm), Smyrna, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Min-soo Youn, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Timothy Grady Vaughn, Keely Kight Pitts, (Oconee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Eastman, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1044

    Court affirms malice murder conviction over defendant's arguments on sufficiency of evidence and other contentions.

  • City of Atlanta et al. v. Atlanta Independent School System

    Publication Date: 2020-02-28
    Practice Area: Civil Appeals | Government
    Industry: Education | State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Emmet J. Bondurant, II, David Gregory Hill Brackett Robert Lawrence Ashe, III, (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP), Atlanta, Jeffrey Spencer Haymore, (Dillard Sellers, LLC), Atlanta, Susan Marie Garrett, Nina Hickson, (City of Atlanta Law Department), Atlanta, Robert Sparks Highsmith, Jr., (Holland & Knight LLP), Atlanta, Joseph Daniel Young, (Joseph D. Young, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Richard H. Sinkfield, Michael L. Eber, Rachel Mary Bishop, Cameron Blaine Roberts, (Rogers & Hardin LLP), Atlanta, appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1203

    Dispute Between City of Atlanta and Atlanta School System Not Ripe For Review

  • Mosley v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-02-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brian Joseph Huffman, Jr., (The Huffman Law Firm, LLC), Savannah, 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, Christine Sieger Barker, (Office of the District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1301

    Court affirms murder and other convictions over defendant's challenges to evidence, trial court error, and effectiveness of counsel

  • Mann v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-02-13
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Mark Hong Chol Yun, (Newton County Pubic Defender's Office), Covington, Anthony Scott Carter, (Alcovy Judicial Circuit Public Defender), Monroe, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Layla Hinton Zon, Candice Leigh Branche, (Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Covington, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1256

    Court affirms denial of murder defendant's new trial motion over his multiple arguments of insufficient evidence, trial court error, and ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Perdomo v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-01-28
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Khary J Talley, Katherine Morgan Mason, (Augusta Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office), Augusta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Min-soo Youn, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Kevin Richard Majeska, Joshua Bradley Smith, Natalie Spires Paine, (Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1641

    Abundant Evidence Supported Convictions For Murder and Other Crimes Committed During Crime Spree