• Santana v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-29
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Warren
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ruth Ly Rocker McMullin, (McMullin LLC), Stone Mountain, for appellant.
    for defendant: Barry Wayne Rorex, Tucson, Barry Wayne Rorex, Sonita, for appellee. Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Leslie Anna Coots, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Deborah D. Wellborn, Sherry Boston, Elizabeth Haase Brock, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0563

    Trial Counsel Not Ineffective For Failing to Challenge Fingerprint Evidence

  • Valrie v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-29
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lynn M. Kleinrock, (Law Office of Lynn M. Kleinrock), Tucker, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Alex Martin Bernick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Daniel J. Porter, Samuel Richard d'Entremont, (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0380

    Trial Counsel Not Ineffective For Failing to Challenge Hearsay Evidence Regarding Defendant's General Untruthfulness

  • Ensslin v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-26
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Keegan Christian Gary, Hunter Joseph Rodgers, (Paulding County Public Defender's Office), Dallas, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Donald R. Donovan, Anthony Brett Williams, (Paulding County District Attorney's Office), Dallas, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0252

    Court affirms malice murder conviction over challenge to testimony given after an invocation of a right to remain silent because other evidence was overwhelming

  • Dresbach v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-15
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lauren Beth Shubow, (Office of the Public Defender), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Teri Brown Walker, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Richard Benjamin Caplan, Kevin Christopher Armstrong, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0153

    Defendant Failed to Show Prejudice From Trial Counsel's Alleged Failure to Fully Advise As to Risks of Going to Trial

  • The State v. Holland

    Publication Date: 2020-05-14
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jacquelyn Lee Johnson, (Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Woodbine, Thomas Edwars Buscemi, (Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Brunswick, for appellant.
    for defendant: Charles Keith Higgins, (Keith Higgins, P.C.), Brunswick, for appellee. Ross Warren Bergethon, Andrew Alan Pinson, Elizabeth Ann Penland, Christopher M. Carr, Paula Khristian Smith, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for Amicus Appellant.

    Case Number: S20A0082

    Hit-And-Run Statute Not Unconstitutional Under Either Equal Protection or Due Process Principles

  • Albright v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-07
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Hodges
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Cara Clark, (GPDC Appellate Division), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Darius Pattillo, Sharon Hopkins, (Henry County District Attorney's Office), McDonough, for appellee.

    Case Number: A19A2022

    Defendant Lacked Standing to Seek to Suppress Location Information Derived From Girlfriend's Cell Phone

  • Murphy v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-07
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Leigh Webster, (Strickland Webster, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Joyette Holmes, Amelia Pray, John Melvin, (District Attorney's Office, Cobb Judicial Circuit), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A19A2105

    Trial Court's Failure to Disclose Jury's Numerical Mid-Deliberation Vote Split Was Not Plain Error

  • Mattox v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-04
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Amy Lee Copeland, (Rouse & Copeland, LLC), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Alex Martin Bernick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, John Thomas Durden, Jr., Joe Grady Skeens, (Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Hinesville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0026

    Court affirms murder convictions over defendant's challenge to sufficiency of evidence and claims of ineffective assistance of counsel and a due process violation

  • The State v. Goff

    Publication Date: 2020-04-30
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Michael Alexander Oldham, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Joshua Bradley Smith, Natalie Spires Paine, (Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Augusta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Sean Gamble, (Brunswick Circuit Public Defender's Office), Brunswick, George Kevin Davis, (Office of the Public Defender), Augusta, Katherine Morgan Mason, (Augusta Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0248

    Trial Counsel Not Ineffective For Advising Defendant Not to Testify at Trial

  • Sutton v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-04-23
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Markle
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jeffrey Grube, (Attorney at Law), Warner Robins, for appellant.
    for defendant: George Hartwig, (District Attorney), Perry, Alicia Gassett, (Houston County Superior Court), Perry, for appellee.

    Case Number: A19A2433

    Ample Evidence EstablishedThat Defendant Strangled Victim