• Mahdi v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-10-15
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Mustafa Mahdi, (Rutledge State Prison), Columbus, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Christopher M. Carr, (Office of the Attorney General), Atlanta, Elizabeth A. Baker, (Fayette County District Attorney's Office), Fayetteville, Daniel A. Hiatt, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Fayetteville, Marie Greene Broder, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Thomaston, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0740

    Failure to Raise Attorney Ineffectiveness Claim in Motion For New Trial Precluded Raising Issue on Direct Appeal

  • Ellis v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-09-02
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jerry W. Chappell, II, Roswell, for Appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Christopher Allen Arnt, Lynsay Peardon Chapman, (Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Lafayette, for Appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0780

    Court affirms malice murder conviction over defendant's contentions that his Miranda waiver was improper due to intoxication, and ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Moon v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-30
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kirby Clements, Jr., (The Clements Law Group, LLC.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Margaret Ellen Heap, Bradley Robert Thompson, (Office of the District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0454

    Trial Court's Removal of Holdout Juror During Deliberation Without Sufficient Cause Was Prejudicial Error

  • Huffman v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-22
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Debra Kay Jefferson, Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Eric Christopher Peters, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Penny Alane Penn, Jennifer Lynn Scalia, (Forsyth County District Attorney's Office), Cumming, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0289

    Trial Court Did Not Err in Denying Motion to Suppress Statements Made to Law Enforcement Officials; Defendant Voluntarily Waived Miranda Rights

  • Wilson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-07-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Wayne Tarleton, (Georgia Public Defender Council - Appellate Division), Atlanta, Veronica M. O'Grady, (Clayton County Public Defender), Morrow, Christina Rupp Cribbs, (Georgia Innocence Project), Atlanta, for Appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher Allen Arnt, (Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), LaFayette, Megan Camille Gaither, (Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Ringgold, for Appellee.

    Case Number: S20G1295

    Court affirms convictions for child molestation and other crimes over defendant's claims that prior act evidence was inadmissible

  • Love et al. v. Fulton County Board of Tax Assessors et al.

    Publication Date: 2021-06-24
    Practice Area: Evidence | Tax
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Wayne B. Kendall, (Wayne B. Kendall, P.C.), Fayetteville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher M. Carr, Julie Adams Jacobs, Alex Fredrick Sponseller, John Scott Forbes,, Joseph Lawton Bearden, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Robert Sparks Highsmith, Jr., Allen Andre Hendrick, Phil James George, (Holland & Knight LLP), Atlanta, Detriss Thomas, Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker, Kaye Woodard Burwell, Cheryl Melissa Ann Ringer, (Office of the Fulton County Attorney), Atlanta, , for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0329

    Trial Court Did Not Err in Dismissing Fulton County Taxpayers' Mandamus Claim Against Board of Tax Assessors

  • Thomas v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-06-24
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Bentley C. Adams, III, (Attorney at Law), Lihue, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Mark Samuel Lindemann, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Deborah D. Wellborn, Sherry Boston, Jason Matthew Rea, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0395

    Trial Court in Felony Murder Case Did Not Err by Failing to Instruct Jury on Impeachment by a Prior Felony Conviction

  • Matthews v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-06-11
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ashleigh Bartkus Merchant, (The Merchant Law Firm, P.C.), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Joyette Marie Holmes, D. Victor Reynolds, John Richard Edwards, (Cobb County District Attorney’s Office), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0318

    Court affirms malice murder and other convictions over defendant's challenge to sufficiency of evidence and claims of error and ineffective assistance of counsel

  • McClain v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-06-10
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Joseph C. Timothy Lewis, (JCTL Law), Columbus, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Eric Christopher Peters, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Joshua Bradley Smith, Henry Wayne Syms, Jr, (Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0252

    Court affirms trial court's denial of a motion to withdraw a guilty plea over defendant's claims that she entered the plea instinctively and not freely and voluntarily

  • Stewart v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-06-09
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brian Steel, (The Steel Law Firm, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Michael Alexander Oldham, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Oliver Jackson Browning, Jr., (Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Cedartown, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0074

    Court affirms felony murder and aggravated assault convictions but vacates defendant's sentence due to a merger error

  • Booth v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-05-27
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Erin Victoria Dekle, (Piedmont Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office), Jefferson, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Kathleen Leona McCanless, (Department of Law), Atlanta, James Bradley Smith, Gregory Lee Wagner, Erica Patrick Shepley, (Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Jefferson, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0010

    Court affirms convictions for felony murder and neglect of an elderly person over defendant's claims that verdicts were mutually exclusive