• Thornton v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-12-22
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jad Baskin Johnson, David James Dunn, Jr., Victor Philip Aloisio, III, (Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office), Lafayette, for appellant.
    for defendant: Megan Sandra Deitz, A.D.A., Christopher Allen Arnt, (Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), LaFayette, for appellee. Christopher M. Carr, Ross Warren Bergethon, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for Neutral Amicus.

    Case Number: S20G0613

    Game Warden Was Authorized to Limit Sound Emitted by Car Stereo; Evidence at Trial Was Sufficient to Sustain Convictions for Obstruction

  • Crippen & Lawrence Investment Co., Inc. v. A Tract of Land Being Known As 444 Lemon Street, et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-11-16
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Real Estate | Trusts and Estates
    Industry: Real Estate
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Hampton Coleman, (Coleman Law, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Reginald L. Snyder, (Taylor English Duma, LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. James L. McDaniel, (McDaniel & Scott), Decatur, Barry Phillip Bettis, (Bettis Law Group, LLC), Alpharetta, for Amicus Appellant.

    Case Number: S19G1645

    Tax Sale Purchaser of Property Had Standing to Claim Estate Executor Had Impliedly Assented to Devise of Property

  • Bridgewater v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-10-27
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Stephen Randall Scarborough, (Office of the Public Defender), Atlanta, Jessica A. Seares, (Atlanta Circuit Public Defender's Office), Atlanta, Margaret Elizabeth Bullard, (Fulton County Public Defender's Office), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Eric Christopher Peters, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Stephany Julissa Luttrell, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Smyrna, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1014

    Key Trial Witness's Pretrial Statements to Police Properly Admitted as Prior Inconsistent Statements

  • Wallace v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-10-09
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Timothy Craig Head, (Waycross Judicial Circuit Defender's Office), Waycross, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, George Elemuel Barnhill, Michelle Chapman McIntire, (Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Waycross, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1186

    It Was for the Jury, Not the Court, to Resolve Possible Conflicts in Evidence and Questions on Witness Credibility; Murder Conviction Sustained

  • Barton-Smith v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-10-06
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael B. Nation, (Nation, Moore & Associates, LLC), Conyers, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Leslie Anna Coots, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Alisha Adams Johnson, Alicia C Gant, Richard Randolph Read, (Rockdale County District Attorney's Office), Conyers, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0941

    Trial Court Did Abuse Discretion By Directing That Questioning on Cross-Examination Be Fair and Unconfusing

  • Perry v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-09-23
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brandon Slade Clark, Hinesville, Robert Lawrence Persse, Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Michael Alexander Oldham, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Melissa Leigh Poole, John Thomas Durden, Jr., (Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Hinesville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0863

    Court affirms guilty plea entered by murder defendant and rejects his appeal that his plea was not knowing and voluntary

  • Studivant v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-09-21
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Kenneth Luttrell, Canton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Lee Darragh, (Hall County District Attorney's Office), Gainesville, Harold Alvin Buckler. Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1024

    Trial Counsel Not Ineffective For Failing to Call Uncertain Alibi Witness

  • Brown v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-09-08
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Barbara Mattes, Athens, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Eric Christopher Peters, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Brian Vance Patterson, (Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office) Athens, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0782

    Court affirms murder and other convictions over defendant's jury charge and evidentiary challenges, and contentions of ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Agee v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-09-02
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Bruce Steven Harvey, (Law Offices of Bruce S. Harvey), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Layla Hinton Zon, (Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office) Covington, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0726

    Trial Court Erred in Ruling That Deceased Witness' Statements to Law Enforcement Were Admissible; Forfeiture-by-Wrongdoing Exception Does Not Apply to Defendant's Late Husband

  • State v. Grier

    Publication Date: 2020-08-31
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Teri Brown Walker, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Stephany Julissa Luttrell, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Smyrna, for appellant.
    for defendant: Brian Steel, (The Steel Law Firm, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0633

    Court affirms new trial order in a felony murder case where the only witness that identified the murderer was an accomplice to the crime