• 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

  • Sturgis v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-28
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Mercier
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Gray Proctor, (Law Office of Gray Proctor), Richmond, for appellant.
    for defendant: Paul Howard, Richard Caplan, (Office of the Fulton County District Attorney), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0615

    Prior Act Evidence Was Similar Enough to Incident Involving Current Victim to Help Jury Decide Whether Defendant Committed Child Molestation

  • Ferguson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-27
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Konrad Ziegler, (Lee & Ziegler, LLP), Canton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Leigh Patterson, Finnis Salmon, (Assistant District Attorney), Rome, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0190

    Defendant Failed to Show That Trial Counsel Would Have Succeeded in Suppressing Evidence Had He Pursued Motion to Suppress Evidence; Underlying Warrant Was Valid

  • Frazier v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-22
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Randall Paul Sharp, (Sharp Georgia Law Firm), Smyrna, for appellant.
    for defendant: Samuel H. Altman, Kelly J. Weathers, (Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Swainsboro, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Katherine DeRosa Emerson, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A0226

    Court rejects defendant's challenge to sufficiency of evidence and affirms his convictions as a party to felony murder

  • Torres v. City of Jonesboro

    Publication Date: 2020-05-21
    Practice Area: Attorney Compensation | Evidence | Real Estate
    Industry: Legal Services | Real Estate
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Grant McBride, William White, Warren Tillery, (Smith, Welch, Webb & White), McDonough, for appellant.
    for defendant: Winston Denmark, Leonid Felgin, (Fincher Denmark LLC), Atlanta, John O'Neal, Valorri Jones, (Fincher Denmark LLC), Jonesboro, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0731

    Waived Hearsay Evidence Was Admissible to Prove Amount of Attorney Fees Incurred in Defending Condemnation Action

  • Smith v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Reese
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kenneth Sheppard, (Attorney at Law), Smyrna, for appellant.
    for defendant: Paul Howard, (District Attorney), Atlanta, Tristan Gillespie, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0107

    Court affirms convictions for aggravated battery and other crimes over defendant's contentions of insufficient evidence and ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Ray v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Phipps
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Amanda Speights, Benjamin Huntington, (Speights Law, PC), Canton, Scott Poole, (Grisham & Poole, P.C.), Canton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Cliff Head, Shannon Wallace, (Assistant District Attorney Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit), Canton, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0333

    Court vacates and remands rape and sexual battery convictions for consideration of whether prior false accusations are admissible under Rule 403

  • Thomas v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Benjamin Goldberg, (The Law Office of Ben Goldberg, LLC), Mableton, for appellant.
    for defendant: John Edwards, Lindsay Gardner, John Melvin, (District Attorney's Office, Cobb Judicial Circuit), Marietta, for appellee

    Case Number: A20A0686

    Trial Counsel Did Not Render Ineffective Assistance by Failing to Object to Testimony From Witnesses That Defendant Physically Abused Rape Victim's Mother

  • Thomas v. The State

    Publication Date: 2020-05-18
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Benjamin Goldberg, (The Law Office of Ben Goldberg, LLC), Mableton, for appellant.
    for defendant: John Edwards, Lindsay Gardner, John Melvin, (District Attorney's Office, Cobb Judicial Circuit), Marietta, for appellee

    Case Number: A20A0686

    Trial Counsel Did Not Render Ineffective Assistance by Failing to Object to Testimony From Witnesses That Defendant Physically Abused Rape Victim's Mother