• Murray v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-04-07
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Doyle
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Paul Murray, (Dodge State Prison), Chester, for appellant.
    for defendant: Fani Willis, (The Law Offices of Fani T. Willis, LLC), Atlanta, Claude Rudder, (District Attorney), Atlanta, David Getachew-Smith, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1692

    Court vacates denial of defendant's motion for an out-of-time appeal and remands for the trial court to hold an evidentiary hearing on claims of ineffective assistance

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    Nominees Sought for State Supreme Court Opening

    April 1, 2021

    Nominations are due no later than Friday, April 16.

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    'Isn't That a Bit Circular, Counselor?': DA Faces Tough Inquiries in Death Penalty Case

    March 24, 2021

    Georgia requires defendants to prove their intellectual disability "beyond a reasonable doubt" to avoid a death sentence, which critics call an unconstitutionally high standard.

  • Finney v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-03-24
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Justice Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Clifford Louis Kurlander, (Georgia Public Defender Council - Appellate Division), Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Leslie Anna Coots, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Karl David Cooke, Sandra G. Matson, Dorothy Vinson Hull, Shelley T. Milton, (Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Macon, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1469

    Cumulative Effect of Trial Court's Instruction and Evidence Errors Required Reversal of Convictions

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    DC Circuit Shuns 'Garamond,' Setting Lawyers Abuzz Over Favorite Fonts

    March 22, 2021

    The appeals court issued a notice titled "Preferred Typefaces for Briefs" that essentially declared—but did not mandate—Garamond a dead letter.

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    Georgia High Court Can Stop State's Executing the Intellectually Disabled

    March 19, 2021

    Imagine you have the burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that your experts and your theory are correct, but if you fall a hair short, your client will be executed.

  • Schmeelk v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-03-10
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Brown
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Debra Jefferson, (Attorney at Law), Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Rebecca Drube, (Weissman Nowack Curry & Wilco PC), Atlanta, Sean Keenan, Sunshine Nasworthy, (Cruser Mitchell Novitz Sanchez Gaston & Zimet LLP), Norcross, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A2018

    Court vacates denial of new trial motion and remands case for trial court's exercise of discretion as a thirteenth juror over a conviction for family-violence aggravated assault

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    Georgia's Murder Laws Are a Mess

    March 8, 2021

    As if all this weren't bad enough, the sole exception we make to this broad rule, under which intent is never required to prove a murder, is almost exclusively for men who murder their wives and girlfriends out of sexual jealousy.

  • Martin v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-02-26
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Phipps
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Howard Anderson, (Law Office of Howard W. Anderson, III, LLC), Pendleton, for appellant.
    for defendant: William Doupe, Steven Normandia, (District Attorney's Office for the Toombs Judicial Circuit), Thomson, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A2008

    Criminal Appeal Filed Before Judgment Was Final Had to be Dismissed

  • Hall, Warden v. Jackson

    Publication Date: 2021-02-22
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Presiding Judge Nahmias
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ronald Edwards Daniels, (Daniels Law LLC), Eastman, Christopher M. Carr, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, (Department of Law), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Stephen Elijah Brown-Bennett, (Taylor Lee & Associates, LLC), Norcross, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20A1574

    Court affirms habeus ruling that a defendant received ineffective assistance of appellate counsel due to conflict of interest and remands for a new appeal