• Gordon v. Caldwell

    Publication Date: 2018-06-08
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
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    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.

  • Jones v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-05-09
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Louis M. Turchiarelli, Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta; John Richard Edwards, D. Victor Reynolds (Cobb County District Attorney's Office), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0263

    Evidence That Defendant Chambered Shotgun Shell and Then Pulled Trigger Supported Finding of Malice

  • Goodrum v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-04-26
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    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; Monique Lynn Kirby, Edward Andrew Case III (Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), LaGrange; Peter J. Skandalakis (Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia), Morrow, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1748

    Defendant Had No Constitutional Right to Be Present When Attorneys Met in Chambers With Judge to Discuss Juror's Qualification

  • Chrysler Group LLC n/k/a FCA US LLC v. Walden et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-25
    Practice Area: Damages | Wrongful Death
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Terry Otho Brantley, Mary Diane Owens, Bradley S. Wolff (Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP), Atlanta; Thomas H. Dupree Jr., Rajiv Mohan (Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP), Washington, for appellant.
    for defendant: Karsten Bicknese, Robert Howard Betts (Seacrest, Karesh, Tate & Bicknese, LLP), Atlanta; James E. Butler Jr. (Butler, Wooten Cheely & Peak LLP), Atlanta; James Edward Butler III (Butler Tobin LLC), Atlanta; Cathy Cox (Mercer Law School), Macon; George C. Floyd (Floyd & Kendrick LLC), Bainbridge; Leigh Martin May (Butler, Wooten, Overby, Fryhofer), Atlanta; Michael Brian Terry, Frank Mitchell Lowrey IV (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP), Atlanta; David Thomas Rohwedder (Butler Wooten & Peak LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. Michael Roger Boorman (Huff, Powell & Bailey, LLC), Atlanta; Brian David Boone, Kyle G.A. Wallace, Caroline M. Rawls, William Herman Jordan (Alston & Bird LLP), Atlanta; Christopher Randall Jordan (Hunter Maclean Exley & Dunn), Brunswick; Martin Adam Levinson (Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP), Atlanta; Garret Warrington Meader (Drew ECKL & Farnham LLP), Brunswick; James Randolph Evans, Anthony Wyatt Morris (Dentons US LLP), Atlanta, for amicus appellant. Matthew Britt Stoddard (The Stoddard Firm), Atlanta, for amicus appellee. Therese S. Barnes (Georgia Supreme Court), Atlanta, for other party. Ashby K. Fox, Louis G. Fiorilla (Burr & Forman LLP), Atlanta; Forrest S. Latta (Burr & Forman LLP), Mobile; D. Victor Reynolds, John Stuart Melvin, Michael Scott Carlson, John Richard Edwards, Amelia Greeson Pray (Cobb County District Attorney's Office), Marietta, for neutral amicus.

    Case Number: S17G0832

    The Court of Appeals did not err in affirming the trial court's decision finding that the compensation of the CEO of a car manufacturing company was admissible in a wrongful death suit because the prejudicial effect of the evidence did not outweigh its probative value pursuant to Rule 403.

  • Ramirez v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-04-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Micah Jay Gates (Office of the Public Defender for the Conasuaga Judicial Circuit), Dalton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew David O'Brien (Department of Law), Atlanta; Herbert McIntosh Poston Jr. (Conasauga Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Dalton, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1662

    The trial court did not abuse its discretion in excluding evidence of other incidents of criminal activity at a bar where defendant shot two security guards.

  • Eller et al. v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-04-06
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Matthew K. Winchester (Law Offices of Matthew K. Winchester), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Aimee F. Sobhani, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta; Rosemary M. Greene, Sharon Moyer Fox, Paula Khristian Smith, Elizabeth Marian York (Cherokee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Calhoun, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1549

    The evidence sufficiently supported a brother and sister's convictions for killing the sister's boyfriend and leaving his body in the back of his abandoned truck and although the trial court erred in allowing the alternate jurors to retire with the other jurors during deliberations, defendants failed to show that the error harmed them.