• Robinson v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-04-21
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Doyle
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Luttrell, (Attorney at Law), Canton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Sonya Chachere-Compton, (Attorney at Law), Douglasville, Elizabeth Racine, Ryan Leonard, Kaitlyn Fain, (Douglas County District Attorney's Office), Douglasville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1900

    Court reverses convictions for felony obstruction and DUI less safe due to jury charge error and introduction of prejudicial evidence

  • National Law Journal | News

    'Painfully Earned Justice': Legal Community Calls Murder Conviction for Derek Chauvin a Turning Point

    April 20, 2021

    "Shedding tears for [George Floyd's] family, for the witnesses and community traumatized by this killing. For those who protested and still protest demanding change. The heaviness remains. But step-by-step. Step-by-step," said Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

  • Murray v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-04-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Colvin
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David Lock, (David T. Lock, LLC), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Margaret Heap, (District Attorney), Savannah, Shalena Jones, (Eastern Judicial Circuit), Savannah, Timothy Dean, Savannah, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0292

    Court affirms conviction for aggravated assault over defendant's challenge to introduction of certain evidence alleged to be hearsay

  • Gonzalez v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-04-19
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Mercier
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David West, (David West & Associates), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Rosemary Greene, Sharon Fox, (Gordon County District Attorney's Office), Calhoun, Alex Oberkofler, (Cherokee Circuit District Attorney's Office), Cartersville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0130

    Child Molestation Victim's Testimony Alone Was Sufficient to Sustain Conviction

  • Gage v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-04-16
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lee Fitzpatrick, (Attorney at Law), Woodstock, for appellant.
    for defendant: Cliff Head, Shannon Wallace, (Assistant District Attorney), Canton, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1760

    Court affirms defendant's conviction for trafficking of methamphetamines over her contentions of ineffective assistance of trial counsel.

  • Davis v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-04-16
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Pipkin
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Joseph Key, Kayci Timmons, (Miller & Key, P.A.), McDonough, for appellant.
    for defendant: Penny Penn, Jennifer Scalia, (Assistant District Attorney), Cumming, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1727

    Court affirms convictions for vehicular homicide and related charges over defendant's contentions of insufficient evidence, error, and ineffective assistance

  • Zerbarini v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-04-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Gobeil
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brian Steel, (The Steel Law Firm, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Elizabeth Baker, Daniel Hiatt, (Griffin Circuit District Attorney's Office Fayette County Justice Center, One Center Drive), Fayetteville, Benjamin Coker, (District Attorney), Thomaston, Marie Broder, (Spalding County District Attorney's Office), Griffin, Robert Smith, (Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia), Morrow, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1711

    Court affirms convictions for aggravated child molestation and related crimes over defendant's claims of trial court error and ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Mendez v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-04-14
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Mercier
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Israel Mendez, (Wheeler Correctional Facility), Alamo, for appellant.
    for defendant: Joseph Mulholland, Moruf Oseni, (Office of the District Attorney, South Georgia Circuit), Bainbridge, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0241

    Trial Court Erred in Denying Defendant's Motion for an Out-of-Time Appeal Without an Evidentiary Hearing

  • Green v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-04-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Markle
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Carolyn Moses, (Houston County Public Defender's Office), Perry, for appellant.
    for defendant: Daniel Bibler, George Hartwig, Alicia Gassett, (Houston County Superior Court), Perry, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1675

    Court affirms convictions for rape, incest, and aggravated child molestation over defendant's contentions of trial court error and ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Hunt v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-04-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Mercier
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Karen Wilkes, (Tallapoosa Circuit Public Defender), Cedartown, for appellant.
    for defendant: Oliver Browning, Crystal Polizzi, (Polk County District Attorney's Office), Cedartown, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0339

    Trial Court Abused its Discretion in Revoking Probation; State Failed to Provide Necessary Evidentiary Connection Between Defendant and Gun