• Knighton v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-01-11
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brian Steel, (The Steel Law Firm, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Layla Hinton Zon, Candice Leigh Branche, Bailey Rachel Simkoff, (Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Covington, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1195

    Court affirms convictions for malice murder and other crimes over defendant's objections to trial court's interruptions of his trial counsel's closing arguments

  • Carter v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-01-05
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Randall Paul Sharp, (Sharp Georgia Law Firm), Smyrna, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Alex Martin Bernick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Bradford Lee Rigby, (Cordele Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Cordele, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1367

    Trial Counsel Was Not Ineffective in Failing to Object to Lay Witness Opinion and Hearsay Testimony; Agent's Basic Visual Shoeprint Comparison Does Not Require Specialized Knowledge

  • Woods v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-12-22
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: N/a
    for defendant: N/a

    Case Number: S21A0115

    Court Lacks Subject Matter Jurisdiction Over Challenges to the Correctness of its Previous Decisions; Appellant's Equal Protection Argument Does Not Invoke Court's Appellate Jurisdiction

  • Rawls v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-11-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Kraus Kraus, Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Kathleen Leona McCanless, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Elizabeth A. Baker, (Fayette County District Attorney's Office), Fayetteville, Tasha Monique Mosley, Karen Smith Barbour, (Clayton County District Attorney's Office), Jonesboro, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0872

    Hearsay Evidence of Defendant's Prior Abuse of His Victim Was Not Improperly Admitted; Victim's Close Relationship With Witnesses Guaranteed the Trustworthiness of Her Statements to Them

  • Goins v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-11-17
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Richard Carter Armond, (The Armond Firm, LLC), Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Daniel J. Porter, Lee Franklin Tittsworth, Daryl E. Manns, Daniel Sanmiguel, (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0847

    Defendant Failed to Show That Police Detective Acted in Bad Faith in Failing to Preserve Evidence

  • Johns et al. v. Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-11-16
    Practice Area: Consumer Protection | Personal Injury
    Industry: Automotive
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jennifer Kathleen Coalson, (Parks, Chesin & Walbert, P.C.), Atlanta, R. Randy Edwards, Paul Anthony Piland, (Cochran & Edwards, LLC), Smyrna, John Wesley Sherrod, (Sherrod & Bernard), Douglasville, David Frank Walbert, (Parks, Chesin & Walbert, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Chilton D. Varner, Susan Marie Clare, (King & Spalding LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. John David Hadden, (The Hadden Law Firm, LLC), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellant. James D. Meadows, James Lynn Hollis, Malissa Anne Kaufold-Wiggins, Patrick N. Silloway, (Balch & Bingham LLP), Atlanta, David Norton Nelson, (Chambless, Higdon, Richardson, Katz & Griggs, LLP), Macon, Elissa Blache Haynes, (Drew, Eckl & Farnham LLP), Atlanta, Philip Michael Thompson, (Ellis Painter Ratterree & Adams LLP), Savannah, for Amicus Appellee.

    Case Number: S19G1478

    Strict Liability Claims Are Subject to Statutory Apportionment For Comparative Fault

  • Massey et al. v. Duke Builders, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2020-10-29
    Practice Area: Contracts | Real Estate
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Matthew Parks Benson, Gerald Davidson, Jr., Brian Tanner Easley, (Mahaffey Pickens Tucker, LLP), Lawrenceville, Michael Brian Terry, Jane D. Vincent, (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Anthony O. L. Powell, Wesley Charles Ross, John James Crowley, (Powell & Edwards), Lawrenceville, Robert Sparks Highsmith, Jr., James Cullen Evans, (Holland & Knight, LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20G0018

    Materialmen's Lien May Not Include Anticipated Profits; Trial Court Erred in Ruling That the Entire Lien Was Void

  • Gray v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-10-23
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Stephen Randall Scarborough, (Office of the Public Defender), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Alex Martin Bernick, (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: S20A0884

    Convicted Defendant Fails to Show That He Was Legally Incompetent to Stand Trial or That His Trial Counsel Was Ineffective in Failing to Investigate His Incompetency

  • Fisher v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-10-08
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: R. Gary Spencer, (R. Gary Spencer, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Michael Alexander Oldham, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, F. McDonald Wakeford, Mathew Eli Plott,, (Office of the Fulton County District Attorney), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1004

    Evidence Was Legally Sufficient to Support Malice Murder Convictions; Properly Charged Jury Was Authorized to Determine That Testifying Witness Was Not an Accomplice

  • Long v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-10-07
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lindsey Mixon Brown, (Office of the Public Defender Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit), Columbus, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Julia Anne Fessenden Slater, George Epps Lipscomb, (Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Columbus, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0785

    Court affirms malice murder and other convictions relating to the death of an 18-month old over contentions of insufficient evidence and ineffective assistance of counsel