• 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

  • Sullins v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-11-02
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge McMillian
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Tyler Conklin, Jackie Tyo, (Georgia Public Defender Council), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Leigh Patterson, Kayleigh Carter, (Floyd County District Attorney's Office), Rome, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1146

    No hearsay exception for statements made by a 16-year old child sexual abuse victim

  • The State v. Holmes

    Publication Date: 2018-10-26
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Benham
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Marc A. Mallon, (Fulton County District), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Suzanne M. Tevis, (Fulton County Public), Atlanta, Tamara Natasha Crawford, (Atlanta Circuit Public), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0851

    Order for new trial vacated and case remanded for consideration of admission of hearsay under "necessity" rule

  • The State v. Almanza

    Publication Date: 2018-10-26
    Practice Area: Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Peterson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Amelia Greeson Pray, D. Victor Reynolds, Michael Scott CarlsonJohn Richard Edwards, John Stuart Melvin, Charles Prescott Boring, Lindsay Beth Gardner, (Cobb County District Attorney's Office), Marietta, Andrew Howard Agatston, (Andrew H. Agatston, Pc.), Marietta, Melvin L. Hewitt, Jr., (Isenberg & Hewitt, Pc), Atlanta, Donna Coleman Stribling, Anna Watkins Davis, William Thomas Kemp, III, (Dekalb County Solicitor General's Office), Decatur, for appellant.
    for defendant: Ashleigh Bartkus Merchant, John B. Merchant, III, (The Merchant Law Firm, Pc.), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18G0585

    New Georgia Evidence Rule 803(4) allows admission of hearsay where a treating physician relies on a declarant's statement in a diagnosis

  • Wilkins v. City of Conyers

    Publication Date: 2018-10-19
    Practice Area: Evidence | Motor Vehicle Torts
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ryan Johnson, (Ryan A. Johnson, P.C.), Atlanta, R. Campbell, (Shiver Hamilton LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Michael Waldrop, (Waldrop & Bootcheck, LLC), Conyers, Mary Katz, (Chambless, Higdon & Carson ), Macon, David Nelson, (Chambless, Higdon, Richardson, Katz & Griggs, LLP), Macon, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1400

    Dismissal of a case is not an appropriate sanction for negligent spoliation of evidence

  • Daily Report Online

    'Dream' Auto Accident Case Wrecked by Trial Evidence Plaintiff Switched Cars

    October 16, 2018

    The defense said the case, which involved substantial medical damages and a plaintiff who miscarried after the collision, would have been a great plaintiff's case—if she had actually been in the car she claimed was wrecked.

  • Daily Report Online

    High Court Allows Doctor Hearsay Testimony on Child Sex Abuse

    October 10, 2018

    The decision is a victory for prosecutors, who can now proceed with a rape case against a man whose stepdaughter and wife left the country after reporting the abuse.

  • Gelzer v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-09-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Ray
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Bryan Howard, (Howard Law Group), Douglasville, for appellant.
    for defendant: David Holmes, Michelle Dissman, Lindsay Raynor, (Douglas County Solicitor General), Douglasville, Matthew Krull, (Solicitor-General), Douglasville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A18A1067

    Court Orders Reconsideration of Motion to Suppress by DUI Suspect Seeking Suppression of Breath Test Results

  • The State v. Alford

    Publication Date: 2018-09-12
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Barnes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: N/a
    for defendant: N/a

    Case Number: A18A0939

    Court vacates order suppressing evidence seized from arrestee.

  • Parks v. The State

    Publication Date: 2018-09-06
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Mark Allen Yurachek, (Yurachek & Associates, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Deputy, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Michael Scott Carlson, Deputy Chief. A.D.A., Grady A. Moore, A.D.A., Amelia Greeson Pray, A.D.A., D. Victor Reynolds, District Attorney (Cobb County District Attorney's Office), Marietta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S18A0949

    Gang Expert's Testimony Properly Admitted to Show Defendant's Participation in Criminal Gang Activity