• Conley v. Pate

    Publication Date: 2019-04-02
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Daniel Melvin King, Jr., (King Law Group), Dublin, Christopher M. Carr, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, (Department Of Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Ecleynne Mercy, (Mercy Law P.C.), Atlanta, Timothy Orman McCalep, (The Law Office of Timothy McCalep PC), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1121

    Court reverses habeus petition on 20-year sentence for statutory rape

  • Fulton County v. City of Atlanta et al.

    Publication Date: 2019-04-01
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Legislation
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kaye Woodard Burwell, Denval Anthony Stewart, Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker, Emily C. Hirst, (Office of The Fulton County Attorney), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Emmet J. Bondurant, David Gregory Hill Brackett, Robert Lawrence Ashe, (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP), Atlanta, Brian Kemp, (Georgia State Board of Elections), Atlanta, Nina Hickson, Jeffrey Spencer Haymore, (City of Atlanta Law Department), Atlanta, Robert Sparks Highsmith, Jr., (Holland & Knight LLP), Atlanta, Joseph Daniel Young, (Joseph D. Young, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1156

    Court rejects County's constitutional challenge to Atlanta's property annexation

  • Young v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-02-25
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Dell Jackson, Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Darius T. Pattillo, James Luther Wright, III, Sharon Lee Hopkins, (Flint Circuit District Attorney's Office), McDonough, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1468

    Court Affirms Conviction of Murder Who Killed Ex-Wife During Domestic Dispute and Claimed He Was Wrongly Convicted in the Absence of DNA Evidence

  • Parker v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-02-08
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Matthew K. Winchester, (Law Offices of Matthew K. Winchester), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Dawn Marie Baskin, Stephen Andrew Bradley, (Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Milledgeville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1589

    Court affirms murder conviction after finding no error and no valid argument for ineffective assistance of counsel.

  • Jordan v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-02-08
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Holly Grace Chapman, (Augusta Circuit Public Defender's Office), Augusta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Katherine DeRosa Emerson, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Joshua Bradley Smith, Natalie Spires Paine, (Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1434

    Murder conviction affirmed where trial court record showed no error leading to prejudice and no argument for ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Solomon v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-02-07
    Practice Area: 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, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Michael Alexander Oldham, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Stephany Julissa Luttrell , Kevin Christopher Armstrong , Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Burke Olivia Doherty , (Fulton County District Attorney's Office) Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1195

    Court Affirms Conviction for Aiding Murder by Man Who Claimed That He Was Merely an Innocent Bystander to a Shooting Where Friend Shot Victim with Appellant's Gun After Appellant Lost Upper Hand in Fist Fight with Victim

  • Willis v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-01-02
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: William Allen Adams, Jr., Veronica M. O'Grady, (Griffin Circuit Public Defender Office), Thomaston, Atlanta, Bentley C. Adams, III, (Attorney at Law), Lihue, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Katherine DeRosa Emerson, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Kayleigh Ann Carter, Leigh Ellen Patterson, (Floyd County District Attorney's Office) Rome, for appellee

    Case Number: S18A1363

    Court Affirms Conviction of Murder Who Claimed That No Physical Evidence Negated His Claim That the Shooting Was Accidental

  • Johnson v. Williams, Warden

    Publication Date: 2018-12-28
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Sarah L. Gerwig-Moore, Mathew Gilbo, (Mercer Law School) Macon; Joseph Scott Key, (Miller & Key, PA), McDonough, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Vanessa Therese Sassano, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee

    Case Number: S18A1311

    Writ of habeus corpus granted because armed robbery and aggravated assault charges were not merged.

  • Georgia Ports Authority v. Lawyer

    Publication Date: 2018-11-30
    Practice Area: Employment Litigation
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ronald Steve Boyter, Jr., Kathleen M. Pacious, Loretta L. Pinkston-Pope, Jared Matthew Campbell, Andrew Alan Pinson, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Brent J. Savage, Brent Jamieson Savage, Jr., Kathryn Hughes Pinckney, (Savage Turner & Pinckney PC), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: s17g1951

    Court Reverses Own Precedent and Holds That Georgia Ports Authority is Arm of the State for Purpose of Receiving Protection under Sovereign Immunity Doctrine

  • Ruth et al. v. Cherokee Funding, LLC et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-11-09
    Practice Area: Banking and Finance Laws
    Industry: Financial Services and Banking
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Darren Summerville, Angela Rene Fox, (The Summerville Firm, LLC), Atlanta, Jeremy Springer McKenzie, Christopher Dorian Britt, (Karsman, McKenzie & Hart), Savannah, Robert Bartley Turner, Kathryn Hughes Pinckney, (Savage Turner & Pinckney PC), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Laurie Webb Daniel, Matthew D. Friedlander, (Holland & Knight, LLP), Atlanta, Bradley Mitchell Harmon, Allan Charles Galis, (Hunter Maclean Exley & Dunn, P.C.), Savannah, Geoffrey H. Bracken, Scott D. Ellis, (Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP), Houston, for appellee. Ean Kade Cullefer, (Georgia Chamber of Commerce), Atlanta, for amicus appellant. Jeremy Lynn Kidd, (Mercer University School of Law), Macon, Thomas Darrell Weldon, Jr. (Weldon Law Firm), Ringgold, for amicus appellee. Douglas Edward Herman, Thomas Lawrence Evans, (Oliver Maner, LLP), Savannah, for other party.

    Case Number: S17G2021

    Financing arrangement did not come under the purview of the Industrial Loan Act or the Payday Lending Act