• Dozier et al. v. Watson

    Publication Date: 2019-05-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew David O'Brien, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Troy R. Millikan, Gainesville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0027

    Habeus court failed to properly apply prejudice standard in granting a habeus writ due to ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Bellamy v. Rumer

    Publication Date: 2019-05-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: George Bellamy, (Phillips State Prison), Buford, for appellant.
    for defendant: Annette M. Cowart, Rebecca S. Mick, Russell David Willard, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Julia Anne Fessenden Slater, Frederick Lewis, (Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Columbus, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0065

    Justiciable Issue Existed as to Whether Judge Failed to Comply With Duty to Timely Rule on Convicted Defendant's Mandamus Petition

  • Coast v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-04-24
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert Lawrence Persse, (Office of The Public Defender, Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Min-Soo Youn, (Department Of Law), Atlanta, Margaret Ellen Heap, Isabel M. Pauley, Bradley Robert Thompson, (Office of The District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0180

    Court Affirms Conviction of Murder Who Was Forced to Rely on Counsel After Seeking to Selectively Represent Himself While Receiving Assistance of Counsel

  • First Acceptance Insurance Company of Georgia, Inc. v. Hughes

    Publication Date: 2019-04-23
    Practice Area: Insurance Litigation
    Industry: Insurance
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Stephen Berry, Robin N. Johnson, (Dentons US LLP), Atlanta, Kyle G.A. Wallace, Cari Katrice Dawson, Andrew Jacob Tuck, (Alston & Bird LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Brandon Graham Cathey, Brent Gavin Steinberg, (Swope Rodante P.A.), Tampa, for appellee. David Marlow Atkinson Jonathan J. Kandelm, Pamela Newsom Lee, (Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers LLP), Atlanta, Sarah Brown Akins, (Ellis Painter Ratterree & Adams LLP), Savannah, Martin Adam Levinson, (Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP), Atlanta, Garret Warrington Meader, (Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP), Brunswick, Hall F. McKinley, III, (Drew, Eckl & Farnham, LLP), Atlanta, Duke Riley Groover, Lee Malcolm Gillis, Jr., Rachel Rozier Turnbull, (James Bates Brannan Groover LLP), Macon, Leah Ward Sears, Edward H. Wasmuth, Jr., (Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP), Atlanta, William V. Custer, IV, Christian James Bromley, (Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP), Atlanta, Ean Kade Cullefer, (Georgia Chamber of Commerce), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellant. Adanna Urunwa Ugwonali, (Ugwonali Law Group), Sandy Springs, for Amicus Appellee.

    Case Number: S18G0517

    Court Rejects Court of Appeals Decision That Reversed Grant of Summary Judgment to Insurer Where Third Party Made Open Settlement Offer, Offer Was Rescinded Before Acceptance by Insurer, and Insured Brought Failure-To-Settle Claim

  • West v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-04-18
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: G. Richard Stepp, (G. Richard Stepp, P.C.), Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Matthew Min-soo Youn, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Daniel J. Porter, Lee Franklin Tittsworth, Michael Douglas Morrison, (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1467

    Evidence That Defendant Asked Someone to Influence Juror in Ongoing Trial Was Admissible to Show Consciousness of Guilt

  • McCord v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-04-02
    Practice Area: Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Adam Sean Levin, (Northeast Georgia Regional Capital Defender), Athens, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Matthew Blackwell, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, James V. Chafin, Kenneth W. Mauldin, Danielle Marie Fargione, (Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Athens, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1045

    Court affirms malice murder and other convictions over defendant's Confrontation Clause evidentiary objections

  • Crouch v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-03-29
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Laura D. Hogue, Susan Dalton Raymond, (Hogue, Hogue, Fitzgerald & Griffin), Macon, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Michael Alexander Oldham, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Daniel Patrick Bibler, George Herbert Hartwig, III, Gregory Warren Winters, (Houston County District Attorney's Office), Perry, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1610

    Court Affirms Conviction of Murderer Who Orchestrated Killing of Drug Dealers to Avoid Paying Debt

  • Moore v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-03-11
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Charles Henry Frier, Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Stephany Julissa Luttrell, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1429

    Convictions for murder and criminal gang activity confirmed where video evidence was properly admitted at trial.

  • Curry v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-02-26
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    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, Christopher M. Carr, Jason Matthew Rea, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Scott L. Ballard, Elizabeth Morgan Kendrick, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Griffin, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1302

    Murder conviction affirmed after court finds no error in identification procedures

  • McDonald v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-02-11
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Gregory Davis Smith, (Conger & Smith, LLC), Bainbridge, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Scott Orion Teague, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Timothy Lee Eidson, Ronald Victor McNease, Jr., (Pataula Circuit District Attorney's Office), Cuthbert, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1357

    The Court, being bound by law of the case and res judicata, denies murder defendant's second appeal and affirms his convictions.