• Daily Report Online

    John Melvin Stepping Up (to Acting DA) Then Out (to GBI)

    February 20, 2019

    John Melvin, now acting Cobb County district attorney, will follow former boss Vic Reynolds to the GBI once Gov. Brian Kemp names a new DA for Cobb. Melvin tells why he will miss being a prosecutor, and why he's leaving.

  • The State v. Council

    Publication Date: 2019-02-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry: Automotive
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Reese
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Melissa Tatum, (Deputy Chief Assistant Solicitor-General), Marietta, Barry Morgan, Christopher Lanning, Panashe Nhekairo, Alex Oberkofler, (Cobb County Solicitor General's Office), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: William Head, (Attorney At Law), Sandy Springs, for appellee.

    Case Number: A17A1218

    Officer's Refusal to Allow Motorist to Make Phone Calls Before She Either Consented or Refused to Alcohol Breath Test Did Not Constitute Coercion

  • The State v. Rich

    Publication Date: 2019-02-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Miller
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Cliff Head, Shannon Wallace, (Assistant District Attorney), Canton, for appellant.
    for defendant: Thomas Bowers, (T. Jess Bowers, PC.), Canton, Donald Roch, (The Roch Law Firm, P.C.), Canton, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1986

    Court Affirms Trial Court Order Quashing Indictment Against Substitute Teacher Who was Charged with Using Position as Teacher to Sexually Abuse a Minor on Grounds that Substitute Did Not Meet Statutory Definition of "Teacher"

  • Daily Report Online

    Lawyer Who Won Supreme Court DUI Case: 'Straight Black-Letter Law'

    February 19, 2019

    Gregory Willis said the ruling that overturned a lower court was just a matter of asking the justices to leave 100 years of constitutional law intact.

  • Daily Report Online

    Legislative Package Takes Another Stab at Rewriting State's Civil Forfeiture Laws

    February 19, 2019

    Holly Springs Republican Scot Turner said his package of legislation, including a requirement that a criminal conviction be secured before property or money can be forfeited, are part of his efforts to "chip away at forfeiture."

  • Mahone v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-02-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Gobeil
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jose Guzman, (Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit Public Defender), Columbus, for appellant.
    for defendant: Julia Slater, Wesley Lambertus, (Office of The District Attorney), Columbus, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1584

    Directed verdict in favor of criminal defendant dismissing home invasion charge

  • Strickland v. The State

    Publication Date: 2019-02-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Brown
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jackie Patterson, (Attorney at Law), Atlanta, Brandon Dixon, (Law Offices of Brandon Dixon, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Tasha Mosley, (Solicitor General), Jonesboro, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1829

    Traffic citation quashed because it lacks specificity

  • In The Interest of: K. S., a child.

    Publication Date: 2019-02-14
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: N/a
    for defendant: N/a

    Case Number: A16A2213

    Court Affirms Trial Court Order Granting State's Motion to Transfer Case Against Car Thief from Juvenile Court to Superior Court and Rejects Range of Additional Challenges by Defendant

  • The State v. T. M. H.

    Publication Date: 2019-02-13
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Doyle
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Paul Howard, Kevin Armstrong, (Office of the District Attorney), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Brandon Bullard, (Appellate Division—Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, Charles Rooks, Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A16A1357

    Court not authorized to reduce a minor's mandatory sentence for armed robbery

  • Daily Report Online

    Judge Sentences Hardwick Co-Conspirator Maurya to Seven Years

    February 13, 2019

    “I find this provides sufficient punishment and deterrence—especially deterrence,” the judge said about the sentence of Asha Maurya, the former controller for now-defunct Morris Hardwick Schneider.