• Nicholson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-01-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Wayne Tarleton, (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Lenny I. Krick, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Emily Kathleen Richardson, Lenny I. Krick, Sherry Boston, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0992

    Court affirms murder convictions of two gang members who participated in a planned killing

  • Reed v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-01-14
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | 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, Christopher M. Carr, Katherine DeRosa Emerson, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Layla Hinton Zon, Amber Rae Bennett, (Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A1342

    Police Did Not Improperly Induce Defendant's Incriminating Pretrial Statement by Hope of Benefit

  • Dos Santos v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-11-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Elizabeth A. Baker, Tracy Graham Lawson, Jeffrey Michael Hawkins, (Clayton County District Attorney's Office), Jonesboro, for appellee.
    for defendant:

    Case Number: S19A1352

    Court Should Have Dismissed Defendant's Pro Se Motion as a Legal Nullity, as Defendant Was Still Represented by Her Plea Counsel When She Filed the Motion

  • McKinney v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-11-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Gregory Davis Smith, (Conger & Smith, LLC), Bainbridge, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, (Department of Law), Atlanta, James Linder Prine, Bradfield M. Shealy, (Southern Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Thomasville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0908

    Court Properly Admitted Evidence of Defendant's Prior Assault of a Former Girlfriend to Prove His Identity as Perpetrator in Instant Action

  • Thornton v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-11-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Genevieve Holmes, (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Marc A. Mallon, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0755

    Court Did Not Err in Instructing Jury on Aggravated Assault or By Failing to Instruct on Accomplice Corroboration; Trial Counsel Did Not Object

  • Anderson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-11-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert Lawrence Persse, Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Vanessa Therese Sassano, Christopher M. Carr,, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Margaret Ellen Heap, Nancy Grey R. Smith, Emily Catherine Puhala, (Office of The District Attorney Eastern Judicial), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0682

    Appellant Failed to Overcome Presumption Against Using Convictions More Than Ten Years Old to Impeach Prosecution Witness

  • Myrick v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-10-28
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Dell Jackson, Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew David O'Brien, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Kevin Christopher Armstrong, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0616

    Court affirms murder convictions over defendant's challenges to juror strikes and admission of certain testimony

  • Bentley v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-10-28
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Steven Lee Sparger, Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Margaret Ellen Heap, Jennifer Leigh Parker, Christine Sieger Barker, (Office of the District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0696

    Court affirms murder and other convictions over defendant's contentions of ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Velasco v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-10-28
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Christina M Kempter, (Kempter Law Group, LLC), Smyrna, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Min-soo Youn, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Elizabeth A. Baker, Tracy Graham Lawson, (Clayton County District Attorney's Office), Jonesboro, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0590

    Court affirms malice murder conviction over defendant's evidentiary and venue challenges, and contentions of ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Varner v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-10-02
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Steven Lee Sparger, Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Michael Alexander Oldham, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Margaret Ellen Heap, Jennifer Leigh Parker, Greg McConnell, (Office of The District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19A0951

    Admission of Video Recording of Dying Victim's Statements to Police Did Not Violate Confrontation Clause