• Westbrook v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-07-02
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Doyle
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Gregory Smith, (The Smith Group, Attorneys at Law), Bainbridge, for appellant.
    for defendant: Seterria Brodnex, Gregory Edwards, (Dougherty County District Attorney's Office), Albany, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0579

    Court affirms defendant's armed robbery and other convictions over his challenge to trial court's admission of evidence of his guilty plea to a prior armed robbery

  • Durham v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-07-02
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Gobeil
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Debra Jefferson, (Attorney at Law), Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Layla Zon, Randal McGinley, (Newton County District Attorney's Office), Covington, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0356

    Trial Court's Review Supported Conclusion That Six-Year Trial Delay Did Not Deny Speedy Trial Rights

  • Lopez v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-07-01
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Miller
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brian Huffman, (The Huffman Law Firm), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Margaret Heap, Katie Fite-Magyar, (Chatham County District Attorney's Office), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0425

    Court affirms family violence battery convictions over defendant's evidentiary challenges but remands for resentencing due to trial court merger error

  • The State v. Cartee et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-07-01
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Gobeil
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: William Langley, (District Attorney), Blairsville, Samantha Barrett, (Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Cleveland, for appellant.
    for defendant: Catherine Bernard, (Attorney at Law), Dublin, Jeffrey Wolff, (Attorney at Law), Dahlonega, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0439

    Court affirms order suppressing marijuana-growing evidence seized during a search because the search warrant was not supported by probable cause

  • Zeigler v. Zeigler et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-07-01
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Mercier
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Damon Zeigler, (Johnson State Prison), Wrightsville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Cynthia Zeigler, Helen Blackshear, Macon, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0399

    Court reverse trial court's denial of a prisoner's motion to compel the Bureau of Prisons to transport him to a civil court and remands for a hearing on the matter

  • Thompson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-06-30
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lon Powell Kemeness, Tifton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Leslie Anna Coots, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Clifford Paul Bowden, (Tifton Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Tifton, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0245

    Trial Court Did Not Err by Allowing Admission of Testimony Regarding Other Alleged Acts of Violence Committed by Defendant Against Family Members

  • Newton v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-06-30
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David Joseph Walker, (Office of the Appellate Defender), Macon, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Katherine DeRosa Emerson, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Karl David Cooke, Jr., Neil Alan Halvorson, Dorothy Vinson Hull, (Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Macon, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0259

    Trial Court Did Not Err When it Denied Defendant's Motion to Suppress Evidence of Out-of-Court IDs Made by Witnesses Using a Photographic Lineup

  • Hopper v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-06-30
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Doyle
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Earl Hopper, (Coffee Correctional Facility), Nicholls, for appellant.
    for defendant: Paul Howard, (District Attorney), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0538

    Trial Court Erred by Denying Defendant's Motion for an Out-of-Time Appeal, as Pro Se Defendant Was Not Responsible for His Failure to File a Timely Notice of Appeal

  • Stinchcomb v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-06-30
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice McMillian
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Leigh Stevens Schrope, Marcia Gail Shein, (Law Firm of Shein & Brandenburg), Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Kevin Christopher Armstrong, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Stephany Julissa Luttrell, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Smyrna, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0355

    Trial Court Erred by Denying Appellant's Extraordinary Motion for a New Trial Without an Evidentiary Hearing

  • Cobb v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-06-30
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Colvin
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Clifford Kurlander, (Office of the Appellate Defender), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Kristopher Bolden, (Western Judicial Circuit), Athens, Kenneth Mauldin, (District Attorney), Athens, for appellee.

    Case Number: A19A2170

    Court affirms child molestation convictions but remands for correction of split aggregate sentencing error