• Walker v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-12-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Mitchell, (Attorney at Law), Augusta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Joshua Smith, Henry Syms, (District Attorney's office), Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1439

    Felony conviction affirmed in spite of perjured testimony from victim and error in jury instruction.

  • 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

  • National Law Journal

    Justice Kagan Throws Shade on Her Originalist Colleagues

    December 06, 2018

    “Your argument seems, frankly, a little bit one-note,” Kagan told counsel to the challenger during one exchange Thursday in the case Gamble v. United States, which confronts double-jeopardy and an exception to the clause.

  • National Law Journal

    Supreme Court Advocates Push Back on 'Harmful' Proposed Word Limits

    November 30, 2018

    “Brief writers would often have to sacrifice readability and clarity to meet the word limit,” according to a letter 18 firms sent to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday.

  • Daily Report Online

    Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Sotomayor Sound Skeptical of States' Civil Forfeiture

    November 28, 2018

    "Here we are in 2018 still litigating incorporation of the Bill of Rights. Really?" Justice Neil Gorsuch said at one point during Wednesday's oral argument in a closely watched civil forfeiture case.

  • Clark v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-21
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Gobeil
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Culp, (Waycross Circuit Defender), Waycross, for appellant.
    for defendant: George Barnhill, Alexander Markowich, (Chief Assistant District Attorney), Waycross, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1247

    Court affirms aggravated assault and other charges, finding no trial court error or ineffective assistance of counsel.

  • Daily Report Online

    In Alabama Case, Gorsuch and Sotomayor Champion a Scalia Cause

    November 19, 2018

    "I still have two relatively new colleagues, one very new colleague, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. And we've agreed in quite a few cases, we've disagreed in a bunch," Sotomayor said in a recent interview.

  • Darrell T. Price v. Gregory C. Dozier, Commissioner

    Publication Date: 2018-11-16
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Darrell Price, (Coffee Correctional Facility), Nicholls, for appellant.
    for defendant: Christopher Carr, (Attorney General), Atlanta, Meghan Davidson, (Nall & Miller, LLP), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1722

    No appellate court jurisdiction in a criminal appeal if a notice of appeal is not timely filed.

  • Houseworth v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Doyle
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Steven Sadow, (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, Matthew Winchester, (Law Offices of Matthew K. Winchester), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Sherry Boston, Gerald Mason, Buffy Thomas, (Dekalb County District Attorney), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1105

    Introduction of evidence of subsequent acts that occurred 13 months after initial criminal conduct was improper and required reversal of convictions

  • Diaz v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ashleigh Merchant, (The Merchant Law Firm, PC), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Brian Fortner, Ryan Leonard, Samantha Newman, Joseph Cusack, (Douglas County District Attorney's Office), Douglasville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1394

    No trial court error in exclusion of testimony when other evidence was sufficient to show guilt.