• Bellsouth Telecommunications, LLC et al. v. Cobb County et al.

    Publication Date: 2019-03-15
    Practice Area: Tax | Telecommunications
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: N/a
    for defendant: N/a

    Case Number: S17G2011

    Charge Imposed by Telephone Service Providers on Subscribers to Offset Costs of 911 Services Was Tax, Not Fee

  • Grant v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-03-13
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Derek M. Wright, (Derek M. Wright, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Kevin Eugene Hutto, Bradford Lee Rigby, (Cordele Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Cordele, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1060

    Defendant, Not Prosecution, Bore Burden of Showing That Array of Prospective Jurors Did Not Represent Cross-Section of Community

  • Miller v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-03-12
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Genevieve Holmes, (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Scott Orion Teague, (Department of Law), Atlanta, William Jeffrey Langley, Kelly Renae Holloway, (Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Blairsville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1519

    Murder and aggravated assault convictions affirmed over defendant's multiple challenges

  • Winters v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-03-11
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David Gladston Daniell, (Daniell Law Firm, LLC), Warner Robbins, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Matthew Min-soo Youn, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Daniel Patrick Bibler, George Herbert Hartwig, III, Marie R. Banks, (Houston County District Attorney's Office), Perry, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1234

    No Error in Admitting Witness's Post-Hypnotic Statement That Was Essentially Identical to Pre-Hypnotic Statement

  • Elliott v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-03-08
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry: Automotive
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Gregory Allen Willis, (Willis Law Firm), Atlanta, Jared Thomas Hall, (Thomas, Webb & Willis LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: William Washington Fleenor, Ethan Merritt Makin, (Athens-Clarke County Solicitor General's Office), Athens, Kenneth W. Mauldin, (Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Athens, for appellee. Daniel J. Sabol, (Luftman, Heck & Associates LLP), Columbus, Donald Timothy Huey, Blaise J. Katter, (Huey Defense Firm), Columbus, for Amicus appellant. Patricia B. Attaway Burton, David Scott McLaughlinm, Paula Khristian Smith, Andrew Alan Pinson, Christopher M. Carr, Jameson B. Bilsborrow, (Department Of Law), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellee. Margaret Ellen Heap, (Office of The District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, Joseph Scott Key, (Miller & Key, PA), McDonough, William Aubrey Finch, (Forsyth County Solicitor General's Office), Cumming, David Holmes, (Cherokee County District Attorney's Office), Canton, Samuel Richard d'Entremont, (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for Neutral Amicus. Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Ross Warren Bergethon, David Scott McLaughlin, Paula Khristian Smith, Andrew Alan Pinson, Christopher M. Carr, Jameson B. Bilsborrow, (Department Of Law), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellee. Gilbert Alexander Crosby, Peter J. Skandalakis, Robert Wright Smith, Jr., (Prosecuting Attorney's Council of Georgia), Morrow, for Neutral Amicus.

    Case Number: S18A1204

    Under Georgia Constitution, Motorist's Invocation of Right to Refuse Blood Alcohol Test Could Not Be Admitted Against Her at Trial

  • Hollmon v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-02-26
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Gerard Bradley Kleinrock, (Office of The Public Defender), Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Deborah D. Wellborn, Sherry Boston, Emily Kathleen Richardson, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1464

    Court Affirms Dismissal of Challenge to Illegally Imposed Sentence on Basis that Post-Conviction Motion Raised Errors Not Pursued in Direct Appeal but Vacates Sentence as Legal Nullity

  • Grogan v. City Of Dawsonville

    Publication Date: 2019-02-25
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Steven Keith Leibel, Paul David Menair, (Steven Leibel, P.C.), Cumming, for appellant.
    for defendant: Dana B. Miles, Jonah Blue Howell, (Miles, Hansford & Tallant, LLC), Cumming, Anthony O. L. Powell, (Powell & Edwards), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1425

    City's former mayor has direct right of appeal to challenge City's action to remove him from office.

  • Mims v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-02-06
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Micah Jay Gates, Natalie Katherine Glaser, (Office of The Public Defender for The Conasuaga Judicial Circuit), Dalton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher M. Carr, Paula Khristian Smith, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Herbert McIntosh Poston, Jr., (Conasauga Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Dalton, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1208

    Court Affirms Conviction of Murderer Who Killed Store Clerk During Robbery Spree but Reverses Theft Conviction Where Trial Counsel Failed to Pursue Motion to Sever Lesser Charges Stemming from Earlier-Committed Offenses

  • Griggs v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-01-07
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Wayne Tarleton, (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Elizabeth Haase Brock, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Emily Kathleen Richardson, Lenny I. Krick, Sherry Boston, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee

    Case Number: S18A1594

    Court Affirms Sentence of Man Sentenced for Felony Murder Who Sought Sentencing Under Conviction for Manslaughter

  • Jackson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-01-03
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kevin Alan Anderson, (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Vanessa Therese Sassano, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Scott L. Ballard, Benjamin David Coker, Brittany Ashton Fallin, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office) Thomaston, for appellee

    Case Number: S18A1438

    Court Affirms Murder Conviction Where New Exculpatory Witness Came Forward but Motion for New Trial Was Denied Due to Lack of Witness Credibility