• Walker v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-12-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Mitchell, (Attorney at Law), Augusta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Joshua Smith, Henry Syms, (District Attorney's office), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1439

    Felony conviction affirmed in spite of perjured testimony from victim and error in jury instruction.

  • Harris v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-12-12
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Steven Lee Sparger, Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Margaret Ellen Heap, Christine Sieger Barker, (Office of The District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit)), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: s18a1305

    Court Affirms Conviction of Murderer Who Claimed Surviving Witness Was Insufficiently Challenged by Trial Counsel

  • Williams v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-12-10
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Gregory Davis Smith, (Conger & Smith, LLC), Bainbridge, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Clifford Paul Bowden, (Tifton Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Tifton, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1454

    Court Affirms Conviction of Robbery Participant Convicted of Felony Murder but Vacates Sentence After Trial Court Failed to Merge Predicate Offense with Felony Murder Charge

  • Dunn v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-30
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Shane Howard, (McMillan & Rawlings, LLP), Sandersville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Joshua Bradley Smith, Henry Wayne Syms, Jr., Rebecca Ashley Wright, (Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: s18a1284

    Court Affirms Conviction of Murderer Who Sought Challenge Trial Court's Refusal to Allow Defense to Use Peremptory Strike on White Juror

  • Strozier v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-21
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Teri Brown, (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Keith Gammage, (Fulton County Solicitor General), Atlanta, Kenneth Kondritzer, (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1179

    Waiver of fee for appointment of a public defender cannot be conditioned on anything other than a defendant's ability to pay the fee.

  • Chamberlain v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-21
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: N/a
    for defendant: N/a

    Case Number: A18A1256

    No trial court error or prejudice to defendant found in child molestation case.

  • Johnson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Brown
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Angela Brown, (Moore Brown Law Group, PC.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Anna Cross, (The Summerville Firm), Atlanta, Sherry Boston, (DeKalb County District Attorney), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0980

    Court Reveres Armed Robbery Conviction Upon Finding Defendant was Excluded from Critical Jury Selection Proceedings

  • Cruz v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge McMillian
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Micah Gates, (Georgia Public Defender Council), Dalton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Herbert Poston, Christina Antalis, (Whitfield County District Attorney's Office), Dalton, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1082

    No trial court error in defendant's conviction for rape and related charges

  • Arrington v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Ray
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: N/a
    for defendant: N/a

    Case Number: A18A0829

    Record of 23-year old armed robbery conviction properly admitted to show defendant's state of mind and intent in an armed robbery case.

  • Cromer v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Doyle
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Konrad Ziegler, (Lee & Ziegler, LLP), Canton, for appellant.
    for defendant: John Edwards, D. Reynolds, (District Attorney's Office, Cobb Judicial Circuit), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0828

    Defense counsel's decision not to engage an expert was not unreasonable; trial court exhibited no bias in ex parte communication with prosecuting attorney.