• Davidson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-10-11
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Chaunda Brock, (Brock Law, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Deputy, Paula Khristian Smith, Senior Assistant, Christopher M. Carr, Attorney General, Matthew David O'Brien, Assistant, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., District Attorney, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Deputy D.A., Arthur C. Walton, ADA., (Fulton County Courthouse), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0933

    Court Affirms Conviction of Murderer but Orders Retrial of Alleged Accomplice

  • Williams v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-09-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Wayne Tarleton, Jackie Lynn Tyo, (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Jason Matthew Rea, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Randall Carl Schonder, (The Schonder Law Firm, LLC), Rome, Leigh Ellen Patterson, Kayleigh Ann Carter, (Floyd County District Attorney's Office), Rome, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0797

    Murder conviction affirmed; no habitation defense for protection of another vehicle

  • King v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-09-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David Joseph Walker, (Georgia Public Defenders Standards Council, Appellate Division), Macon, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Matthew Min-soo Youn, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta, Louie Craig Fraser, Peter Fred Larsen, Sr., Peter Frederick Larsen, Jr., (Dublin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Dublin, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0824

    Convicted murderer could not pursue a claim on direct appeal that had not been raised on motion for new trial.

  • Patten v. Ardis

    Publication Date: 2018-08-13
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Gregory Alan Voyles (Moore & Voyles PC), Valdosta; Mary Katherine Durant (Durant Law LLC), Stone Mountain, for appellant.
    for defendant: James Thomas Bennett, Kari Anne Bowden (Bennett Law Firm LLP), Valdosta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0412

    Grandparent Visitation Law Violates Constitutional Right of Parents to Care, Custody, And Control of Their Children

  • Georgia Power Company v. Cazier et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-07-17
    Practice Area: Administrative Law | Public Utilities
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: William Middleton Droze, Robert Pursley Edwards Jr., Lindsey Bowen Mann, Roger S. Reigner Jr. (Troutman Sanders LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Roy E. Barnes, John Frank Salter Jr. (The Barnes Law Group LLC), Marietta; James Glenn Richardson (Talley, Richardson & Cable), Dallas, for appellee. Sarah Hawkins Warren, Andrew Alan Pinson (Department of Law), Atlanta, for amicus appellant.

    Case Number: S17G0706

    Petitioners were not required to exhaust any administrative remedy before proceeding with their action against power company.

  • Bibbs et al. v. Toyota Motor Corporation et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-07-10
    Practice Area: Damages | Personal Injury | Wrongful Death
    Industry: Automotive
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Roy E. Barnes, John Raymond Bevis, John Ross Bartholomew IV (The Barnes Law Group LLC), Marietta; Robert David Cheeley (Sherry Schons - Cheeley Law Group), Norcross; Keith E. Fryer (Fryer Shuster & Lester P.C.), Atlanta; Keith Allen Pittman (Cheeley Law Group LLC), Alphatetta; Thomas A. Eaton (University of Georgia School of Law), Athens, for appellant.
    for defendant: Carrie Lynn Christie, Robert Harris Burke (Rutherford & Christie LLP), Atlanta; Frank Mitchell Lowrey IV, Amanda Kay Seals Bersinger (Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP), Atlanta; Joel H. Smith, Richard Hood Willis, Ashleigh R. Wilson (Bowman and Brooke LLP-SC), Columbia, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18Q0075

    Damages in a wrongful death action are limited by the decedent's full settlement of her earlier personal injury action.

  • Terrell v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-07-02
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Clifford Louis Kurlander (Georgia Public Defender Council - Appellate Division), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Vanessa Therese Meyerhoefer (Department of Law), Atlanta; Paul L. Howard Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta; Arthur C. Walton (Fulton County Courthouse), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0478

    The Court affirmed defendant's convictions for murder and related crimes as the trial court did not deprive defendant of his right to testify on his own behalf when it informed him that he had to testify immediately or waive the right altogether.

  • Hoechstetter et al. v. Pickens County et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-07-02
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Land Use and Planning
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John J. Capo (John C. Capo), Jasper, for appellant.
    for defendant: Phillip Edward Friduss, Jacob Stalvey O'Neal (Hall Booth Smith PC), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17G1500

    Notice of a planning commission hearing to consider property owners' zoning request for a conditional use permit was not sufficient under the Zoning Procedures Law to allow the Board of Commissioners to approve the permit at its meeting three months after the hearing without an additional notice.

  • Thomas v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-06-11
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Tyler R. Conklin (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Samuel H. Altman, John Alexander Fitzner III (Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Swainsboro; Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Aimee F. Sobhani (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0003

    Defendant failed to prove his ineffective assistance of counsel claim as he failed to show a reasonable probability that the outcome of his trial would have been different absent trial counsel's alleged deficiency.

  • Holt v. Ebinger

    Publication Date: 2018-05-30
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: William Randall Bassett Jr., Philip Robbins Green (King & Spalding LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. Paige Reese Whitaker (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: S18A0052

    The habeas court erred in granting habeas relief to petitioner because his failure to complete the record with relevant evidence from the trial proceedings was fatal to all of the claims for which he was granted relief.