• Delay et al. v. Sutton, Commissioner

    Publication Date: 2018-09-18
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Election and Political Law
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Angela Rene Fox, James Darren Summerville, Kurt Gregory Kastorf, (The Summerville Firm, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Dwight L. Thomas, Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0765

    Bill authorizing private entities to appoint public officials violates the state constitution.

  • Stallworth v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-09-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brandon Lewis, (Law Office of Brandon Lewis), Norcross, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Matthew Min-soo Youn, Christopher M. Carr, (Department Of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Michael V. Snow, A.D.A., Burke Olivia Doherty, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0636

    Court rejects defendant's arguments for ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Sessions v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-09-13
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Bentley C. Adams, (Attorney At Law), Lihue, Clark Coleman Adams, Jr., Columbus, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Vanessa Therese Meyerhoefer, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Monique Lynn Kirby, John H. Cranford, Jr., (Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), LaGrange, Carrollton, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0818

    Time gap defeats self-defense argument in a murder conviction

  • Atkins v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-09-11
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Christina Rupp Cribbs, (Georgia Public Defender Council - Appellate Division), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Paul L. Howard, Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Arthur C. Walton, ADA., (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17G1996

    No conviction for statutory rape without proper corroboration; general questions regarding victim's sexual history are inadmissible and irrelevant

  • Hall v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-09-07
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Robert Lovell (John Lovell, Esq., PC.), Newnan, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, John H. Cranford, Jr., (Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office) Carrollton, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0827

    Court Dismisses Second Appeal for Lack of Jurisdiction and Orders New Trial or Dismissal of Indictment be Granted

  • Hawkins v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-09-07
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Wiley Devin Franklin (Fulton County Public Defender's Office), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Cheveda McCamy, (Office of The District Attorney), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr. , Marc A. Mallon, Senior A.D.A. (Fulton County District Attorney's Office) Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0886

    Court Rejects Appeal of Murder Conviction by Night Club Drive-by Shooter

  • Coen v. CDC Software Corporation et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-08-10
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Employment Litigation | Personal Injury
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Laurie Webb Daniel, Matthew D. Friedlander (Holland & Knight LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Matthew Blane Ames, Michael J. Bowers, Elizabeth Righton J. Lewis (Balch & Bingham LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17G1375

    Determining Whether Res Judicata Has Been Triggered Requires Review of Entire Set of Facts Giving Rise to Enforceable Claim

  • Colonial Oil Industries, Inc. v. Lynchar, Inc. d/b/a T&W Oil Company et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-07-17
    Practice Area: Contracts | Creditors' and Debtors' Rights
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Tracy Ann O'Connell (Ellis, Painter, Ratterree & Adams, LLP), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Benjamin Wade Wallace (Brown & Adams LLC), Columbus, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17G1788

    The identification of the principal debtor by only its trade name does not render a contract of suretyship or guaranty unenforceable on its face pursuant to the Statute of Frauds.

  • McGouirk v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-07-17
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Allen Rust Knox (Towaliga Judicial Circuit Public Defenders Office), Forsyth, for appellant.
    for defendant: Jonathan Lang Adams, Anita Reynolds Howard, Richard G. Milam, Cynthia Trimboli Adams (Towaliga Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Barnesville; Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0130

    The trial court erred in automatically detaining defendant pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 17-7-130 (c) solely based on the fact that he was a mentally incompetent individual who had been accused of committing violent crimes without exercising its discretion to make "an individualized determination of whether his confinement reasonably advanced the government's purpose.

  • Szorcsik v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-06-18
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Troy Edward Golden, John Robert Mobley II, John G. Wolinski (Dougherty Circuit Public Defender's Office), Tifton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Ashleigh Dene Headrick (Department of Law), Atlanta; Clifford Paul Bowden (Tifton Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Tifton, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0461

    The trial court did not err in concluding that, under the totality of the circumstances, defendant knowingly and voluntarily waived his previously-invoked right to counsel after choosing to reinitiate communication with law enforcement officials.