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    Public Defenders Win Constitutional Challenge to Mental Incompetency Detention

    June 19, 2018

    Both cases involved men detained after being found incompetent to stand trial on charges of sexually assaulting children. Both were represented by public defenders.

  • Edge v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-06-19
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Deborah Leslie (The Leslie Group LLC), Jonesboro, for appellant.
    for defendant: Leigh Patterson (District Attorney), Rome; Luke Martin (Floyd County District Attorney), Rome, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0424

    Prosecution Failed to Overcome Presumption of Harm Resulting From Juror Misconduct

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    Ga. High Court OKs Drink Ban at Strip Clubs

    June 18, 2018

    “At the heart of Maxim's challenges to the City's adult business regulations is its desire to continue operating as a full-nudity strip club while also selling alcoholic beverages,” Justice Britt Grant said. “This is not the first time we have heard such a claim, and again, we disagree."

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    US Supreme Court Vacates 11th Circuit Ruling in Free Speech Case

    June 18, 2018

    The case required the court to examine the intersection of the principles of free speech and probable cause for arrest.

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    Judge Corks College Park's Airport Booze Tax Suit Against Clayton County

    June 18, 2018

    Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk ruled that sovereign immunity protects Clayton County from claims that it improperly withholds tax collections from College Park.

  • Szorcsik v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-06-18
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Melton
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Troy Edward Golden, John Robert Mobley II, John G. Wolinski (Dougherty Circuit Public Defender's Office), Tifton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Ashleigh Dene Headrick (Department of Law), Atlanta; Clifford Paul Bowden (Tifton Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Tifton, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0461

    The trial court did not err in concluding that, under the totality of the circumstances, defendant knowingly and voluntarily waived his previously-invoked right to counsel after choosing to reinitiate communication with law enforcement officials.

  • Williams v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-06-15
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Phipps
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Angela Brown (Moore Brown Law Group, PC.), Atlanta; Roberto Hoover (Conflict Defender's Office), Americus, for appellant.
    for defendant: Bradford Rigby (District Attorney's Office of the Cordele Judicial), Cordele; Whitney Bradford (Cordele Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Cordele, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0206

    Defendant's Appeal Presented First Opportunity For Defendant to Raise Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claim

  • Slaughter v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-06-15
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jerome Slaughter, Oglethorpe, for appellant.
    for defendant: Paul Howard (District Attorney), Atlanta; Marc Mallon (Senior Assistant District Attorney), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0163

    Any Conflicting Evidence As To Venue Was Resolved by Jury

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    On Remand From High Court, Waffle House 'Sextortion' Suit Back in Court of Appeals

    June 14, 2018

    After a jury acquitted the former housekeeper and her lawyers of criminal charges related to secretly video recording former Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers Jr. engaged in a sex act, the Georgia Supreme Court sent the related civil appeals back to the Court of Appeals for reconsideration.

  • Price v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-06-14
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Phipps
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jody Peterman (Attorney at Law), Valdosta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Tami Peavy-Owen (Southwestern Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Americus; Plez Hardin (District Attorney Southwestern Circuit), Americus; Lewis Lamb (Southwestern Circuit D.A.'S Office), Americus, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A0631

    The Court vacated defendant's conviction for child molestation following a bench trial because the record did not adequately demonstrate whether defendant's waiver of his right to a jury trial was knowing and voluntary.