• Agee v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-05-13
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice LaGrua
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Cody Jeremiah Jung, (Fulton County Public Defender's Office), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, William C. Enfinger, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr., Kevin Christopher Armstrong, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, Juliana Sleeper, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0372

    Court affirms bench trial convictions for malice murder and other crimes over defendant's challenges to sufficiency of evidence and his waiver of his right to a jury trial

  • Bedford v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-05-13
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice McMillian
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jack Morris Downie, (Downie Law Firm, LLC), Vidalia, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Alex Martin Bernick, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Samuel Howard Altman, John Alexander Fitzner, (Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Swainsboro, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0253

    Court affirms malice murder and other convictions over defendants' contentions of insufficient evidence, trial court error, and trial court abuse of discretion

  • Truett v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-05-12
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jessica Ruth Towne, (Clark & Towne, P.C.), Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Eric Christopher Peters, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Penny Alane Penn, (Forsyth County District Attorney's Office), Cumming, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0162

    Court affirms conviction s for malice murder and related crimes in the death of a 2-year old over defendant's contentions of error in denying character witness testimony

  • Acosta v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-05-12
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice McMillian
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Stephen Michael Reba, (The Law Office of Stephen M. Reba, LLC), Decatur, Jessica Ruth Towne, (Clark & Towne, P.C.), Lawrenceville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, William C. Enfinger, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Penny Alane Penn, Sandra Ann Partridge, (Forsyth County District Attorney's Office), Cumming, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0247

    Court affirms malice murder and child cruelty convictions over defendant's contentions of error in admission of pre-arrest testimony and denial of a jury charge

  • Gobert v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-05-12
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Bethel
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Karen H Brouse, (Brouse Law), Blue Ridge, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Elizabeth Rosenwasser, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, John Winston Franklin, Christopher Allen Arnt, (Lookout Mountain District Attorney's Office), Lafayette, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0141

    Court affirms felony murder and other convictions over defendant's contentions of insufficient evidence and trial court error

  • Smith v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-05-11
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Boggs
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Steven Alexander Miller, (Steven A. Miller Law), Summerville, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, William C. Enfinger, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Leigh Ellen Patterson, Emily Griffin Johnson, (Floyd County District Attorney's Office), Rome, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0086

    Admission of Hearsay Under Residual Exception Rule Not Precluded For Failure of Trial Court to State Determinations

  • Vann v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-05-11
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Ellington
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert Lawrence Persse, Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Mark Samuel Lindemann, (Department of Law), Atlanta, John B. Johnson, Jan Kennedy, (Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office), Baxley, Thomas Edward Buscemi. (Department of Justice United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma), Cumming, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0121

    Court affirms convictions for malice murder and other crimes over defendant's contention of constitutionally ineffective assistance of counsel

  • Anthony v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-05-11
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Warren
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Charles Henry Frier, Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Paula Khristian Smith, Christopher M. Carr, Eric Christopher Peters, (Department of Law), Atlanta, Paul L. Howard, Jr, Stephany Julissa Luttrell, Lyndsey Hurst Rudder, (Fulton County District Attorney's Office), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S21A0089

    Trial Counsel Not Ineffective For Conceding Guilt to Lesser Charges In Attempt to Avoid Guilty Verdict on Murder Charge

  • Daily Report Online | News

    Pandemic-Suspended Indict-or-Release Deadlines to Resume

    May 10, 2021

    "As we emerge from this terrible pandemic, I am encouraged to see grand jury proceedings, jury trials, and other in-person court proceedings resuming across the state," Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton said.

  • Pierre v. The State

    Publication Date: 2021-05-10
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Phipps
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jason McLendon, (McLendon Law Firm), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Pamela Bettis, Adelle Petersen, (Office of the Solicitor-General of Henry County), McDonough, for appellee.

    Case Number: A21A0200

    Trial Counsel Not Ineffective For Failing to Object to Prosecutor's Commentary on Defendant's Silence During Police Interrogation