• Neuman v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-04-12
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Wayne Tarleton, Atlanta, Veronica M. O'Grady, (Clayton County Public Defender), Morrow, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Deborah D. Wellborn, Sherry Boston, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, Anna Green Cross, (The Summerville Firm LLC), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1143

    No Need to Disqualify Prosecutors Whose Previous Access to Privileged Mental Heath Records Resulted in Retrial

  • Pender v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-04-12
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Cara Clark, (Georgia Public Defender Council Appellate Division), Fayetteville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Michael Alexander Oldham, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Julia Anne Fessenden Slater, (Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Columbus, Benjamin E. Gephardt, (Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Brunswick, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1505

    Admission of Other Co-Defendants' Redacted Statements to Police Was Not Bruton Error

  • Middlebrooks v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-24
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Holly Yelton Peace, (Manning Peace, LLC), Peachtree City for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Darius T. Pattillo, Sharon Lee Hopkins, James Luther Wright, (Flint Circuit District Attorneys Office), McDonough, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0381

    Court affirms convictions for malice murder and other crimes over defendant's challenges to admission of evidence of his gang affiliation

  • Nesby v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-03
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Daniel Horne Petrey, (Dekalb County Public Defender's Office), Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Leslie Anna Coots, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Deborah D. Wellborn, Sherry Boston, Drew Kendall Shumate, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0207

    Court affirms malice murder and other convictions over contentions of trial court error relating to defendant's exclusion from bench conferences

  • Heinze v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-01-04
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Richard O. Allen, Atlantic Beach, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Mark Samuel Lindemann, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Jacquelyn Lee Johnson, Thomas Edward Buscemi, (Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Brunswick, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1353

    Defendant Affirmatively Waived Any Claim of Trial Court Error in Removing Juror During Deliberations

  • Lanier v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-12-31
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Earle Johnston Duncan, III, (Attorney at Law), Darien, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew David O'Brien, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Jacquelyn Lee Johnson, John B. Johnson, Thomas Edward Buscemi, (Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Brunswick, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1192

    Court affirms defendant's convictions for murder and other crimes over contentions of insufficient evidence, ineffective assistance, and evidentiary errors

  • Casey v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-12-16
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: S20A1105

    Trial Court Failed to Exercise its "Thirteenth-Juror" Discretion to Review General Grounds In Deciding Whether to Grant New Trial

  • The State v. Copeland

    Publication Date: 2020-12-16
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law | Government
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: N/a
    for defendant: N/a

    Case Number: S20A0820

    Trial Court's Grant of Immunity to Police Officers Was Based on Factual Findings Not Consistent With Legal Conclusions

  • Henderson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-11-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lynn M. Kleinrock, (Law Office of Lynn M. Kleinrock), Tucker, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Leslie Anna Coots, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Daniel J. Porter, Daniel Sanmiguel, (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: s20a0986

    State Did Not Violate Defendant's Right to a Speedy Trial; Defendant Consented to State's Continuance and its Resulting Delay

  • Rhoden et al. v. Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-11-20
    Practice Area: Election and Political Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David Felts Ellison, (Ellison Law), Athens, for appellant.
    for defendant: Thomas Monroe Mitchell, (Carothers & Mitchell, LLC), Buford, David Warren Griffeth, (Law Offices of David W. Griffeth), Athens, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0030

    Votes Cast on Paper Ballots for a Candidate Who Died Three Days Before Election Day Are Void