• 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

  • Inquiry Concerning Judge Tammy Stokes

    Publication Date: 2018-12-03
    Practice Area: Judges | Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert Charles Iverson McBurney, (Superior Court of Fulton County), Atlanta, Benjamin F. Easterlin, IV, (Judicial Qualifications Commission), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Tammy Marcel Stokes, (Recorder's Court of Chatham County), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19Z0269

    Court Accepts Proposed Discipline for Judge Who Was Chronically Tardy

  • In the Matter of Freddie Darnell Harrell

    Publication Date: 2018-12-03
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Heidi Manroe Faenza, (Supreme Court of Georgia), Atlanta for appellant.
    for defendant: Freddie Darnell Harrell, Ruskin, FL for appellee.

    Case Number: s18z1390

    Court Grants Certificate of Fitness for Readmission to Attorney Who Had Been Disbarred 23 Years Earlier and Argued That He Had Been Rehabilitated

  • 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

  • Georgia Ports Authority v. Lawyer

    Publication Date: 2018-11-30
    Practice Area: Employment Litigation
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ronald Steve Boyter, Jr., Kathleen M. Pacious, Loretta L. Pinkston-Pope, Jared Matthew Campbell, Andrew Alan Pinson, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Brent J. Savage, Brent Jamieson Savage, Jr., Kathryn Hughes Pinckney, (Savage Turner & Pinckney PC), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: s17g1951

    Court Reverses Own Precedent and Holds That Georgia Ports Authority is Arm of the State for Purpose of Receiving Protection under Sovereign Immunity Doctrine

  • McGee v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-12
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jeffrey Vincent McGee, Buford, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Jeffery Wayne Hunt, John H. Cranford, Jr., (Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Carrollton, Peter J. Skandalakis, (Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia), Morrow, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0670

    Defendant failed to show how ineffective assistance of counsel was prejudicial

  • Abebe v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-09
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Stephen Michael Reba, (The Law Office of Stephen M. Reba, LLC), Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Anna Green Cross, (The Summerville Firm), Atlanta, Sherry Boston, Deborah D. Wellborn, (DeKalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, Larry Jerome Steele, Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0894

    Court Affirms Denial of Habeas Petition to Challenge DUI Conviction on Basis That Sentence Had Been Served and Petitioner Failed to Show Ongoing Adverse Consequences

  • Jones v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-09
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Warren
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Troy Edward Golden, (Dougherty Circuit Public Defender's Office), Albany, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Min-soo Youn, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Melinda April Wynne, Gregory W. Edwards, (Dougherty County District Attorney's Office), Albany, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0775

    Trial judge's comment on evidence was not sufficient basis to grant a new trial on a felony murder conviction

  • Hinton v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-09
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Warren
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Tyler R. Conklin, (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Anna Green Cross, (The Summerville Firm), Atlanta, Sherry Boston, Roderick B. Wilkerson, Shannon Elysia Hodder, (Dekalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, Aimee F. Sobhani, (Douglas County District Attorney's Office), Douglasville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0804

    No trial court error in issuing separate sentences for felony murder and attempted robbery.