• Winfrey v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-08-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Steven H. Sadow (Law Office of Steven Sadow), Atlanta; Matthew K. Winchester (Law Offices of Matthew K. Winchester), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Michael Scott Carlson, John Richard Edwards, D. Victor Reynolds, John Stuart Melvin (Cobb County District Attorney's Office), Marietta; Gregg M. Jacobson (King & Spalding LLP), Atlanta; Jeffrey Evan Gewirtz (Jeffrey Scott LLP), New York, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17G1270

    Trial Judge's Clearly Implied Threat Of Harsh Sentencing Constituted Improper Participation in Plea Negotiations

  • Menzies v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-08-13
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patricia Margaret Moon (Patricia M. Moon), Duluth, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Jason Matthew Rea, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta; Alisha Adams Johnson, Alicia C. Gant (Rockdale County District Attorney's Office), Conyers, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0541

    Defendant Who Organized Robbery Attempt Was Responsible For Death Resulting From Gunshots Fired By Victim At Accomplice

  • Ware v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-07-13
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Mary Katherine Durant (Durant Law LLC), Stone Mountain, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta; Natalie Spires Paine, John Marriott Markwalter (Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0028

    The evidence supported defendant's convictions for felony murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of his wife and the trial court did not err in failing to give a jury instruction on voluntary manslaughter, as the evidence did not support such a charge.

  • Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services v. Christopher Steiner

    Publication Date: 2018-07-12
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Family Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ross Warren Bergethon, Annette M. Cowart, Sarah Hawkins Warren, Penny Hannah, Shalen S. Nelson, Andrew Alan Pinson, Christopher M. Carr, Victoria Cuneo Powell (Department of Law), Atlanta; Kenneth Gene Lawrence (Turner & Lawrence PC), Jackson, for appellant.
    for defendant: Joseph Scott Key, Kayci Nicole Dennis (Miller & Key PA), McDonough, for appellee. Andrew Santos Fleischman (Ross & Pines LLC), Atlanta; Laura D. Hogue (Hogue & Hogue LLP), Macon; Charles R. Bliss, Mara Leah Block (Atlanta Legal Aid Society Inc), Atlanta; Lisa Jane Krisher, Michael Joseph Tafelski, Jamie B.J. Rush (Georgia Legal Services Program), Atlanta; David Alfred Webster, Atlanta, for amicus appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0281

    The superior court erred in finding that Georgia's central child abuse registry is unconstitutional, both on its face and as applied to appellee.

  • Maxim Cabaret, Inc. d/b/a Maxim Cabaret et al. v. City Of Sandy Springs, Georgia

    Publication Date: 2018-07-03
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Government
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Alan I. Begner, Cory Goldsmith Begner, Eric A. Coffelt (Begner & Begner P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Scott Dean Bergthold (Law Office of Scott D. Bergthold PLLC), Chattanooga; Harvey S. Gray (Gray Rust St. Amand Moffett & Brieske LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0496

    The trial court properly granted City's motion for summary judgment in strip club's suit challenging certain City ordinances.

  • Gordon v. Caldwell

    Publication Date: 2018-06-08
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Andre Gordon, Abbeville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Elizabeth Haase Brock, Christopher M. Carr, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0132

    The habeas court erred in ruling that certain claims alleged in appellant's petition for habeas corpus were foreclosed from habeas review.

  • Palmer v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-06-07
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Rachel M. Kaufman (Kaufman Law Firm LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Elizabeth Haase Brock, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta; Anna Green Cross, Sherry Boston (DeKalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur; Arthur C. Walton, Paul L. Howard Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0426

    The trial court did not err in denying defendant's motion to sever his trial from that of his co-defendant after the two shot an art student taking photographs of graffiti and robbed his friends.

  • McGruder v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-06-01
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Johnny Emmett Clyde Vines (McMillian, Rawlings & Howard, LLP), Sandersville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Samuel H. Altman, Kelly Anne Jenkins, Kelly Anne Jenkins (Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Swainsboro; Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Michael Alexander Oldham (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0062

    The evidence supported defendant's convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with a drive-by shooting targeting rival gang members.

  • Simpkins v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-06-01
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Andrew Santos Fleischman (Ross & Pines LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Samuel H. Altman, Kelly Anne Jenkins (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: S18A0063

    Defendant's trial counsel was not ineffective in failing to object to evidence of a non-testifying co-defendant's statements as those statements did not violate the Confrontation Clause under Bruton because, standing alone, the statements did not inculpate defendant; rather, they became incriminating only when linked to other evidence introduced later at trial.

  • Smith v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-05-28
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Larry Michael Johnson, Nashville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta; George Elemuel Barnhill, Alexander John Markowich, (Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Waycross, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0333

    The trial court properly denied defendant's motion for new trial because he failed to prove his ineffective assistance of counsel claims.