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November 14, 2014 GA Court of Appeals Reinstates Conviction in Molestation Case

The Georgia Court of Appeals, however, reversed the trial court’s decision and reinstated the defendant’s convictions. The Court held that…

November 11, 2014 Court of Appeals Ruling Expands Character Evidence in Molestation Cases

The Court held that under Georgia’s new evidence code, when the defendant’s character is an essential element of his defense,…

November 10, 2014 GA Supreme Court: No Standing to Contest Illegally Obtained Text Messages

Although the police failed to obtain a search warrant for the records, as required by Federal and Georgia law, the…

October 30, 2014 “Truth or Dare” Leads to Child Molestation Conviction

The record showed that in April 2011, the defendant lived with his wife, their two young children, and his 12…

October 29, 2014 GA Rape Conviction Reversed Due to State’s Failure to Prove Venue

The Court held that the trial court properly found that the State failed to prove venue in Fulton County. The…

October 15, 2014 GA Court of Appeals Affirms Expert Testimony on Rape Victim Behavior

The Court held that an expert witness may testify as to certain typical patterns of behavior exhibited by victims of…

October 13, 2014 Improper Judicial Comment Leads to Reversal in Georgia Murder Case

The defendant had given three statements to the police. He was only advised of his Miranda rights before giving the…

September 4, 2014 GA Court of Appeals Reverses Sodomy Conviction

The trial court instructed the jury that the offense of sodomy is committed if the defendant “perform[ed] a sexual act…

September 2, 2014 Reference to Duke Lacrosse Case in Defense’s Closing is Permissible

During closing, Johnson’s defense attorney argued that there had been “numerous famous instances of false cries of rape. We don’t…

September 1, 2014 Court Addresses Critical Issue in Child Molestation Sentencing

This subsection permits a trial court to deviate from the mandatory minimum sentence for a sexual offense upon the finding…

August 25, 2014 GA Court of Appeals Finds Illegal Search in Cocaine Trafficking Case

The defendant’s vehicle was stopped for traveling 10 miles-per-hour over the speed limit. The officer testified that when he asked…

August 18, 2014 GA Court of Appeals Affirms Lesser Sentence on Exploitation Charge

The Court held that the trial court was authorized to deviate from the mandatory minimum sentence requirements because the State…

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