• Smith v. State

    Publication Date: 2019-09-13
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Shane Howard, (McMillan & Rawlings, LLP), Sandersville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Meghan Hobbs Hill, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Joshua Bradley Smith, Rebecca Ashley Wright, Natalie Spires Paine, (Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0694

    Court affirms murder conviction over challenges to effectiveness of defendant's counsel and counsel's failure to pursue a jury charge on insanity

  • Welch v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-09-10
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Matthew Benjamin Bennett, (Bennett & Connell, LLC), Adel, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Vanessa Therese Sassano, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Richard Lowery Perryman, III, Rebekah Maddox Ditto, (Alapaha Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Adel, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0846

    Evidence Did Not Support Murder Defendant's Claim He Shot Burglary Victim Accidentally

  • Gude v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-09-05
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lauren Beth Shubow, (Office of the Public Defender), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Kevin Christopher Armstrong, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, Christopher M. Carr, Paula Khristian Smith, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0611

    Court affirms murder convictions over defendant's challenges to evidence and ineffective assistance of counsel.

  • Cain v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-09-03
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Robert Mobley, II, (Tifton Circuit Public Defender's Office), Tifton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Clifford Paul Bowden, (Tifton Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Tifton, Jason Matthew Rea, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0669

    Prosecution's Failure to Return Cellphone in Time For Defendant to Retrieve Exculpatory Voice Mail Evidence Not Brady Violation

  • Vasquez v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-07-31
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jessica Ruth Towne, (Jessica R. Towne, P.C.), Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Meghan Hobbs Hill, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Sherry Boston, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, Richard Allen Vandever, Lee Franklin Tittsworth, (Gwinnett Circuit District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0042

    Court affirms malice murder and other convictions over defendant's multiple challenges

  • Davis v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-07-16
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Steven Lee Sparger, Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Vanessa Therese Sassano, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Matthew Breedon, Margaret Ellen Heap, (Office of the District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0164

    Court affirms murder convictions over defendants' constitutional and other challenges

  • Duke v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-07-12
    Practice Area: Court Administration | Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Sikes Gibbs, (Troutman Sanders LLP), Atlanta, Ashleigh Bartkus Merchant, John B. Merchant, (The Merchant Law Firm, P.C.), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: 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, Christopher M. Carr, Paula Khristian Smith, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19M0969

    Appellate Courts Cannot Accept Statutorily Unauthorized Interlocutory Appeals Unless Trial Courts Have First Authorized Immediate Review

  • Davis v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-06-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Deborah Rea Whitlock, (Deborah Whitlock Attorney at Law), Toccoa, Bentley C. Adams, III, (Attorney at Law), Lihue, for appellant.
    for defendant: Jonathan Lang Adams, Cynthia Trimboli Adams, Elizabeth Knight Bobbitt, (Towaliga Circuit District Attorney's Office), Barnesville, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0308

    Court Affirms Denial of Motion for Out-of-Time Appeal Where Movant Had Failed to Raise the Claims in Earlier Habeas Proceedings

  • In The Interest of M. F., a Child.

    Publication Date: 2019-06-13
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Katherine Morgan Mason, Gregory Joseph Gelpi, Lucy Dodd Roth, (Augusta Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office), Augusta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Joshua Bradley Smith, Natalie Spires Paine, (Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Augusta, for appellee. Randee J. Waldman, (The Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic), Atlanta, Todd Noonan, Adam Steene, Thiru Vignarajah, (DLA Piper, LLP (US)), Sacramento, Serena E. Holthe, (National Juvenile Defender Center), Washington, for Amicus Appellant.

    Case Number: S18G1338

    Juvenile Appealing Delinquency Adjudication Was Not Required to Show Adverse Collateral Consequences

  • Haney v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-06-10
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Nicholas Earl White, Warner Robbins, for appellant.
    for defendant: Paula Khristian Smith, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Min-soo Youn, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Scott L. Ballard, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Fayetteville, Benjamin David Coker, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Thomaston, Elizabeth Morgan Kendrick, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Griffin, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0351

    Court rejects murder defendants' separate motions for a new trial and affirms their convictions