• Burke v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-02-23
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Long Dai Vo, Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Michael Alexander Oldham, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta; Anna Green Cross, Lenny I. Krick, Sherry Boston, Helen Virginia Peters (DeKalb County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1495

    Because there was no evidence to support a finding of voluntary manslaughter, the trial court did not err in limiting the jurys consideration of voluntary manslaughter to a lesser offense of only malice murder, both in its oral instructions and on the verdict form, so that the jury had no option to consider the lesser offense in relation to the felony murder charge.

  • The Mayor and Aldermen of Garden City v. Harris et al.

    Publication Date: 2018-02-23
    Practice Area: Personal Injury | Premises Liability
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patrick T. O'Connor, David William Bobo Mullens, III, James Philip Gerard (Oliver Maner LLP), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher Dorian Britt (Karsman, McKenzie & Hart), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17G0692

    City was entitled to summary judgment in plaintiffs' suit to recover for injuries their daughter suffered at a City-owned and maintained football stadium because the Recreational Property Act provided immunity to City since the injured party was allowed to use City's property for recreational purposes free of charge.

  • Brown v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-02-23
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Hunstein
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David Tavis Winheim (Sumter County Public Defenders Office), Americus, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Aimee F. Sobhani (Department of Law), Atlanta; Plez Higdon Hardin (Southwestern Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Americus, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1755

    Although the evidence supported defendant's convictions for felony murder and robbery, the trial court erred in failing to merge the robbery conviction into the murder conviction, as it was the underlying predicate felony; accordingly, the Court vacated defendant's conviction and sentence on that charge.

  • Blackwell v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-02-23
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Chief Justice Hines
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Gary Wilson Jones, Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr (Department of Law), Atlanta; Michael Scott Carlson, John Richard Edwards, D. Victor Reynolds, Theresa Marie Schiefer (Cobb County District Attorney's Office), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S17A1928

    Defendant failed to prove his ineffective assistance of counsel claims following his murder conviction.

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    February 22, 2018

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    House Committee Advances Distracted Driving Bill

    February 22, 2018

    Rep. John Carson, R-Marietta, says his proposal could save around 300 lives each year.

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    To Understand US v. Microsoft, Consider 'Acme v. Shamrock'

    February 22, 2018

    The upcoming Supreme Court case could recalibrate the balance between discovery and comity that informs discovery disputes in a variety of international civil litigation.

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    Defense Questioning Sparks Fireworks at Alston & Bird Legal Malpractice Trial

    February 22, 2018

    A co-manager of the plaintiff, a family-owned company, erupted when lead defense lawyer Richard Robbins asked about his litigious relations with other members of his family.

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    Grand Jury Returns New 32-Count Indictment Against Manafort, Gates

    February 22, 2018

    The superseding indictment came from a grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, separate from the Washington, D.C., grand jury that indicted the two men in Washington, D.C., last year.

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    Hope and Change Mark Chief Justice's Last State of the Judiciary Speech

    February 22, 2018

    Hines sounded a list of concerns that need addressing in the future. But he said he's an optimist and believes the state's new leaders will make progress on those problems.