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November 2, 2019 Court Rules that Intoxication Made Victim Unable to Consent

In Johnson v. State, the defendant was drinking with his ex-wife and her friend. The three of them became intoxicated…

August 14, 2019 Court Affirms Rape Conviction Despite Apparent Jury Instruction Issues

The Court also found that while it was error for the trial court not to notify the parties until after…

June 20, 2019 Georgia Supreme Court Rules That Victim’s Prior False Allegations Are Admissible

While the Court held that its prior decisions, which have been relied on for decades, were wrongly decided, the Court…

February 8, 2019 Court Approves Defense’s Use of Rape Shield But Overrules Decades of Case Law

In this case, the State sought to introduce evidence that the alleged child victim was engaging in sexual acts with…

January 25, 2019 Court Affirms Exclusion of Other Sexual Acts by Defendant in Rape Trial

In State v. Isham, the defendant is accused of offering a woman a ride home from a shopping center and…

January 10, 2019 Supreme Court to Review Admissibility of Prior False Allegations

This has the potential to be a major decision affecting the rights of people charged with sex offenses in Georgia…

September 14, 2018 Court Finds Evidence Insufficient to Support Statutory Rape Conviction

In this case that was previously decided by the Court of Appeals (see our previous post, Court of Appeals Highlights…

August 28, 2018 New Trial Denied Despite Being Misinformed of Max Sentence for Rape

The defendant was charged with rape and false imprisonment. Before trial, the State made a plea offer of 20 years…

May 29, 2018 Court of Appeals: Alleged Victim’s Prior False Allegation is Admissible

The defendant was accused of molesting his stepdaughter. He was specifically charged with aggravated sexual battery, aggravated sodomy, and incest….

May 6, 2018 Court of Appeals Remands Rape Case Back to Trial Court

The defendant was convicted of one count of rape and two counts of sexual battery. The alleged victim was a…

September 17, 2017 Court of Appeals Highlights Problems with Rape Shield Statute

The case began when the 13-year-old alleged victim became pregnant and accused the defendant of being the father. She first…

April 25, 2017 Georgia Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of Rape Indictment

The Court held that the statute of limitations was not tolled since the defendant’s identity was not “unknown” to the…

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