• Johnson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-04-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert Lawrence Persse, (Office of The Public Defender, Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Meghan Hobbs Hill, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Margaret Ellen Heap, Emily Catherine Puhala, (Office of The District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1562

    Defendant Failed to Show Prejudice From His Counsel's Undertaking to Represent Prosecutor in Separate Family Law Matter

  • Dennard v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-04-18
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jackie Lynn Tyo, Tyler R. Conklin, (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Ashleigh Dene Headrick, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Lenny I. Krick, Sherry Boston, Zina B. Gumbs, A'Sheika Latrell Penn, Emily Kathleen Richardson, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1321

    Defendant Who Shot Mother With Knowledge Children Would See or Hear Committed Third Degree Cruelty to Children

  • Price v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-04-03
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Benjamin Alston Pearlman, (Western Judicial Circuit Public Defender), Athens, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Katherine DeRosa Emerson, Christopher M. Carr, Vanessa Therese Sassano, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Stephen Andrew Bradley, Jeff Preston Burks, (Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Madison, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1491

    Interrogator's Statements to Defendant Did Not Relate to Charges or Sentences And Therefore Did Not Render Statements Involuntary

  • Stanford v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-04-02
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Margaret Elizabeth Bullard, (Office of The Public Defender, Atlanta Judicial Circuit), Atlanta, Kalki Yalamanchili, (Y'Chili Law LLC), Athens, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Brittany Ashton Fallin, Marie Greene Broder, Benjamin David Coker, (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Thomaston, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1609

    Sufficient Evidence Supported Jury Conclusion That Defendant Intended to and Did Kill His Wife

  • Overton v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-04-01
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Christina Rupp Cribbs, Veronica M. O'Grady, (Georgia Public Defender Council - Appellate Division), Atlanta, appellant.
    for defendant: David K. Getachew-Smith, Sr., Paul L. Howard, Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, Patricia B. Attaway Burton , Scott Orion Teague, Christopher M. Carr, Paula Khristian Smith, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1273

    Defendant's felony murder conviction affirmed over challenges to trial court's failure to charge jury on involuntary manslaughter

  • Bishop v. Goins et al.

    Publication Date: 2019-03-14
    Practice Area: Attorney Compensation | Civil Appeals
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: N/a
    for defendant: N/a

    Case Number: S18G0695

    Trial Court Could Not Award Costs and Attorney Fees Related to Appellate Proceedings Occurring Subsequent to Entry of Stalking-Related Protective Order

  • Benton v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-03-12
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Angela Brown Dillon, (Brown & Gill, LLC), Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Vanessa Therese Sassan, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Daniel J. Porter, Lee Franklin Tittsworth, Courtney Ruth Spicer, (Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office), Lawrenceville, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1299

    Murder and armed robbery convictions affirmed

  • Goodson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-03-11
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jenny Carver Rose, (Rose & Associates, PC), Canton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Matthew Blackwell Crowder, (Department of Law), Atlanta, William Jeffrey Langley, Samantha Lauren Barrett, (Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Cleveland, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1428

    Court rejects self defense and justification defenses and affirms a murder conviction

  • McKelvin v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-02-26
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Robert Mobley, II (Tifton Circuit Public Defender's Office), Tifton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Scott Orion Teague, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Clifford Paul Bowden, Jennifer Dawn Hart, (Tifton Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Tifton, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A1031

    No error in murder trail when defense was required to disclose psychological evaluation and involuntary intoxication defense

  • La Fontaine et al. v. Signature Research, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2019-02-22
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Personal Injury
    Industry: Hospitality and Lodging
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jefferson C. Callier, (The Callier Firm), Columbus, Mark Kelley Schwartz, (Driggers, Schultz & Herbst, P.C.), Troy, for appellant.
    for defendant: David Andrew Olson, (Fain Major & Brennan PC), Atlanta, Barbara Anne Marschalk, Rebecca J. Schmidt, (Drew Eckl & Farnham), Atlanta, Matthew J. Johnson, (Davis Matthews & Quigley P.C.), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18G0078

    Court Reverses Trial Court's Dismissal of Suit on Forum Non Conveniens Grounds, Holding Discretionary Dismissal Was Not Authorized By Statute Where The Movant Sought To Dismiss In Favor of Litigating The Dispute Outside of United States