• Middlebrooks v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-24
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Holly Yelton Peace, (Manning Peace, LLC), Peachtree City for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Darius T. Pattillo, Sharon Lee Hopkins, James Luther Wright, (Flint Circuit District Attorneys Office), McDonough, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0381

    Court affirms convictions for malice murder and other crimes over defendant's challenges to admission of evidence of his gang affiliation

  • Henderson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-22
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Daniel Horne Petrey, (Dekalb County Public Defender's Office), Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Kathleen Leona McCanless, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Emily Kathleen Richardson, Deborah D. Wellborn, Sherry Boston, Roderick B. Wilkerson, Drew Kendall Shumate, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1571

    Court affirms convictions for malice murder and other crimes over defendant's challenges to admission of his custodial statement and to the striking of a statement

  • Kitchens v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Aaron Scott Palmer, (Middle Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office), Swainsboro, for appellant.
    for defendant: Samuel Howard Altman, Kelly J. Weathers, (Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Swainsboro, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Eric Christopher Peters, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1230

    Any Error in Admitting Hearsay Evidence Was Harmless in Light of Other Strong Evidence Against Defendant

  • Williams v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-16
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Mercier
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Cara Clark, (Georgia Public Defender Council Appellate Division), Fayetteville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Donald Donovan, Anthony Williams, (Assistant District Attorney), Dallas, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A2092

    Court affirms convictions for fleeing an officer and other crimes over defendant's arguments regarding errors in admission of evidence and improper prosecutor statements

  • Roundtree v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-12
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Dillard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Andrew Thomas, Valdosta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Michelle Harrison, Bradfield Shealy, (Southern Judicial Cir. District Atty Ofc), Valdosta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A2067

    Court affirms defendant's conviction for possession of cocaine but reverses conviction for possession of a controlled substance due to insufficient evidence

  • Romaine v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-11
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Tracy Drake, (Attorney at Law), Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patsy Austin-Gatson, Daniel Porter, (Gwinnett County District Attorney Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center), Lawrenceville, Daniel Sanmiguel, (Hall County Solicitor's Office), Gainesville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A2002

    Court affirms denial of a motion to suppress where police had reasonable suspicion to stop defendant's vehicle based on collective knowledge and totality of circumstances

  • Hamby v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-04
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Colvin
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Stephen Scarborough, Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia Brooks, Winder, James Smith, (District Attorney), Jefferson, Alix Daniel, (Barrow County District Attorney's Office), Winder, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1821

    Court affirms convictions for child molestation and other crimes over defendant's contentions of insufficient evidence, failure to merge, and admission of evidence

  • St. Germain v. State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-04
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Donald Geary, Kelsey Geary, (The Geary Law Firm, P.C.), Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Cliff Head, Shannon Wallace, (Assistant District Attorney), Canton, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1854

    Court affirms convictions for rape and other crimes over defendant's contentions on ineffective assistance of counsel, evidentiary error, and a possible Brady violation

  • Mike v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-03
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Brown
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Amanda Walker, (GPDC - Appellate Division), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Margaret Heap, Greg McConnell, (Assistant District Attorney), Savannah, Shalena Jones, (The Law Office of Shalena Cook Jones LLC), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1600

    Court affirms convictions for child molestation over defendant's contentions of improper jury charges, ineffective assistance of counsel, and error in admitting evidence

  • Johnson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-02
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Warren
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jessica Ruth Towne, (Clark & Towne, P.C.), Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Eric Christopher Peters, Michael Alexander Oldham, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Penny Alane Penn, (Forsyth County District Attorney's Office), Cumming, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1289

    Court affirms malice murder conviction over defendant's contentions of failure to strike testimony, ineffective assistance, and errors in denying motions to suppress