• Priester v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-08-04
    Practice Area: Tax
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David T. Lock, (David T. Lock, LLC), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Alex Martin Bernick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Margaret Ellen Heap, Noah Jared Abrams, (Office of the District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0444

    Aggravated Battery Offenses Merged Into Greater Offenses of Attempted Murder

  • Redding v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-07-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kennon Peebles, Jr., Duluth, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Christopher M. Carr, Michael Alexander Oldham, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Julia Anne Fessenden Slater, Ray Winston Daniel, (Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Columbus, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0177

    Trial Court Failed to Apply Proper Standard to Claim That Defendant Was Denied Right to a Speedy Trial; Court Must Resolve That Claim Under the Proper Standard

  • Scott v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-07-13
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert Lawrence Persse, Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Leslie Anna Coots, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Margaret Ellen Heap, Noah Jared Abrams, (Office of the District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0125

    Physician's Letter and Representations of Counsel Were Sufficient to Establish Crime Victim Was Not Available to Testify at Trial

  • Frett v. State Farm Employee Workers' Compensation et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-07-13
    Practice Area: Employment Litigation | Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert Eugene Bourne, Elliot Jackson Bourne, (Benzine Law Group), Cumming, Nicholas Dale Benzine, (Benzine Law Group), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Charles E. Harris, IV, Karen G. Lowell, (Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. Todd K. Maziar, (Morgan & Morgan, PLLC), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellant.

    Case Number: S19G0447

    Employee Who Slipped and Fell on Employer's Premises While Preparing to Eat Lunch Was Covered by Workers' Compensation

  • Newton v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-06-30
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David Joseph Walker, (Office of the Appellate Defender), Macon, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Katherine DeRosa Emerson, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Karl David Cooke, Jr., Neil Alan Halvorson, Dorothy Vinson Hull, (Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Macon, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0259

    Trial Court Did Not Err When it Denied Defendant's Motion to Suppress Evidence of Out-of-Court IDs Made by Witnesses Using a Photographic Lineup

  • Spencer v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-06-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Deborah Lorraine Leslie, (The Leslie Group, LLC), Jonesboro, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Emily Kathleen Richardson, Deborah D. Wellborn, Sherry Boston, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0871

    Court affirms murder and other convictions over defendant's contentions of insufficiency of evidence to convict him

  • Williams v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-06-04
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lauren Beth Shubow, (Office of the Public Defender), 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., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Dustin Jeremiah Lee, (Fulton County Office of the District Attorney), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0241

    Trial Counsel Who Said Murder Defendant Never Told Him His Erotic Asphyxiation Defense Did Not Act Unreasonably in Failing to Develop That Line of Defense

  • Howard v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-29
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Debra Kay Jefferson, Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Michael Alexander Oldham, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Joshua Bradley Smith, Henry Wayne Syms, Jr., (Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0819

    Malice Murder Conviction Did Not Require Proof of Premeditation or Preconceived Intent to Kill

  • Valrie v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-29
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    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, Alex Martin Bernick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Daniel J. Porter, Samuel Richard d'Entremont, (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0380

    Trial Counsel Not Ineffective For Failing to Challenge Hearsay Evidence Regarding Defendant's General Untruthfulness

  • Holzheuser v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Andrew Santos Fleischman, (Ross & Pines, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Thomas Edwars Buscemi, (Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Brunswick, Jacquelyn Lee Johnson, (Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Woodbine, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19C1565

    Admission of Digital Images of Young Girls Drawn From Websites Used by Defendant Did Not Warrant Grant of Certiorari