• Roberts v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-02-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Miller
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Roberts, Pelham, for appellant.
    for defendant: Paul Howard (District Attorney), Atlanta; Kevin Armstrong (Office of the District Attorney), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1577

    The trial court erred in denying defendant's pauper's status without first holding a hearing on the question of indigence pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 9-15-2.

  • The State v. Williams

    Publication Date: 2018-02-08
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Branch
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: William Callaway (Callaway Neville & Brinson), Claxton; Richard Mallard (District Attorney), Statesboro, Keith McIntyre (Chief Assistant District Attorney), Statesboro, for appellant.
    for defendant: Robert Persse (Office of the Public Defender, Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: A15A1858

    The Court of Appeals remanded the case to the trial court for clarification on the specific findings that formed the basis for the trial court's legal conclusions with regard to its grant of defendant's motion to suppress the admission of a statement he made to police after his arrest for obstruction.

  • Redmon v. Johnson

    Publication Date: 2018-02-01
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jarvis Redmon, Conyers, for appellant.
    for defendant: Paula Khristian Smith, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Samuel S. Olens (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S16H1197

    The Supreme Court of Georgia summarily denied petitioners application for a certificate of probable cause to appeal the habeas courts final order denying his petition for habeas corpus challenging his criminal convictions and clarified the process by which it renders these decisions.

  • Jones v. The State

    Publication Date: 2017-12-28
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James C. Bonner, Jr., Tyler R. Conklin (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Rosemary M. Greene, Sharon Moyer Fox (Cherokee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Cartersville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17G0118

    The Court of Appeals erred in holding that defendant's guilty verdicts for theft by conversion and theft by bringing stolen property into Georgia after he failed to return a car he had rented in Tennessee and drove through Georgia were not mutually exclusive because it was legally and logically impossible to convict the accused of both counts.

  • Lebis v. The State

    Publication Date: 2017-12-28
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Grant
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: S17A0948

    There was insufficient evidence to support defendant's convictions for two counts of misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer after her husband fatally shot an officer who was attempting to arrest them, but the evidence was sufficient to support her convictions for two other misdemeanor obstruction counts, felony murder and several firearms possession counts.

  • Henderson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2017-12-14
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Doyle
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Donnelly (Western Circuit Public Defender's Office), Athens, for appellant.
    for defendant: James Chafin (Assistant District Attorney Western Judicial Circuit), Athens; Kenneth Mauldin (District Attorney), Athens, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1926

    The trial court failed to properly apply the applicable test when it granted State's motion to involuntarily medicate a mentally ill criminal defendant in an attempt to make him competent to stand trial.

  • Hodges v. The State

    Publication Date: 2017-12-01
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Wanda Sherelle Jackson (Wanda S. Jackson, PC), East Point, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Scott Orion Teague, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta; Louie Craig Fraser, Kelli Maria Adams (Dublin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Dublin, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17A0711

    The evidence supported defendant's convictions for felony murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault but the Court vacated his sentence because the trial court erred in failing to merge his conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon into his armed robbery conviction for sentencing purposes.

  • Jones v. Medlin

    Publication Date: 2017-12-01
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Hines
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Steven Lee Sparger, Savannah; Peter A. Camiel (Camiel & Chaney, PS.), Seattle, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Blackwell Crowder (Department of Law), Atlanta; Daniel Melvin King, Jr. (King Law Group), Dublin, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1291

    The Supreme Court reversed the denial of defendants' petitions for writs of habeas corpus following their convictions for malice murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony because, in light of the totality of the circumstances, confidence in the outcome of the trial was undermined by States failure to provide certain potentially exculpatory evidence to the defense counsel.

  • The State v. Peabody

    Publication Date: 2017-11-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Government
    Industry:
    Court: Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Miller
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Cliff Head (Assistant District Attorney Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit), Canton; Lara Snow (Cherokee County D.A.'S Office), Canton; Shannon Wallace (District Attorney), Canton, for appellant.
    for defendant: David Willingham (Willingham Law Firm, P.C.), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1258

    The trial court properly granted former lieutenant's motion to quash an indictment against him for two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with the hot-car death of his K-9 dog because he was acting within the scope of his official job duties when the alleged crimes occurred and he was therefore entitled to the protections afforded by O.C.G.A. § 17-7-52, including timely notice of the grand jury proceeding and a copy of the proposed indictment, but State failed to comply with those statutory mandates.

  • Mathis v. The State

    Publication Date: 2017-11-16
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Self
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kevin Anderson (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Leigh Patterson (District Attorney), Rome; Luke Martin (Floyd County District Attorney), Rome, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A0858

    Although the trial court's jury charge did not constitute reversible error, the trial court did not err in failing to merge certain of defendant's convictions on a 52-count indictment.