• Campbell-Williams v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-09-22
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brian Steel, (The Steel Law Firm, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Michael Alexander Oldham, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Daniel J. Porter, Samuel Richard d'Entremont, (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0642

    Court affirms defendant's convictions for felony murder and assault over her contentions regarding jury instruction, assistance of counsel, and evidence.

  • Arnold v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-09-10
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    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, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Stephany Julissa Luttrell, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1027

    Counsel Was Not Ineffective in Failing to Object to Prosecutor's Argument That a Jury Should Send a Message to the Community by Convicting Defendant

  • Reyes v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-09-04
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Frances C. Kuo, Decatur, 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: S20A0780

    Court affirms malice murder defendant's convictions over challenges to sufficiency of evidence, admission of evidence, and ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Blackshear v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-08-27
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Gregory Davis Smith, (Conger & Smith, LLC), Bainbridge
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew David O'Brien, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Michael L. Bankston, (Twitty & Bankston), Camilla, Joseph Kenneth Mulholland, Moruf O. Oseni, (South Georgia Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Bainbridge, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0713

    Trial Court Did Not Fail to Exercise "Thirteenth Juror" Discretion in Denying New Trial Motion on General Grounds

  • Davenport v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-08-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jerry W. Chappell, Roswell, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher Allen Arnt, Herbert E. Franklin, (Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), LaFayette, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Leslie Anna Coots, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0035

    Evidence Supported Malice Murder Conviction; Trial Court Did Not Abuse Its Discretion in Admitting Hearsay Evidence of Prior Difficulties Between Defendant and Victim

  • Middleton v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-08-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert Lawrence Persse, Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Matthew Breedon, Margaret Ellen Heap, (Office of the District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19G0852

    Defendant's Convictions for Hijacking and Theft by Receiving the Same Vehicle Are Mutually Exclusive; Court Reverses and Remands

  • Nelson v. Wilkey

    Publication Date: 2020-08-05
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Billy J. Dixon, Tracy Graham Lawson, (Clayton County District Attorney's Office), Jonesboro, Elizabeth A. Baker, (Fayette County District Attorney's Office), Fayetteville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Maryann Faith Blend, (Maryann F. Blend, Esq., P.C.), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0013

    Court affirms grant of habeus relief where defendant received ineffective assistance of plea counsel on his right to withdraw a guilty plea

  • Burney v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-08-03
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brad Gardner, Emily J. Gilbert, (Georgia Capital Defender), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Michael Alexander Oldham, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Dawn Marie Baskin, (Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Gray, Stephen Andrew Bradley, (Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Milledgeville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0216

    Defendant Who Was Not Diligent In Seeking Medical Examiner's Records Could Not Claim Brady Violation

  • Mathis v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-07-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: William Alexander McQueen, (Northeastern Circuit Public Defender's Office), Gainesville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Kevin Christopher Armstrong, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0134

    Trial Counsel Not Ineffective For Failing to Move For Immunity From Prosecution or to Call For Immunity Witnesses

  • Thompson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-06-30
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lon Powell Kemeness, Tifton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Leslie Anna Coots, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Clifford Paul Bowden, (Tifton Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Tifton, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0245

    Trial Court Did Not Err by Allowing Admission of Testimony Regarding Other Alleged Acts of Violence Committed by Defendant Against Family Members