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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…

August 13, 2014 Prosecutor’s Closing Argument Causes Reversal in Georgia Rape Case

During closing argument, the prosecutor asked the defendant’s girlfriend, who was seated in the courtroom, to stand up and make…

August 11, 2014 GA Court Again Excludes Psychosexual Expert in Child Sex Case

The testimony was being offered by the defense in order to establish an entrapment defense. The defendant responded to a…

August 6, 2014 GA Supreme Court Reverses Pro Se Petitioner’s Molestation Conviction

Williams was indicted for statutory rape, child molestation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor stemming from allegations made…

August 4, 2014 GA Supreme Court Reverses Molestation Case Due to D.A. Conflict

In 2006, Payne was convicted in Douglas County Superior Court on two counts of aggravated child molestation, three counts of…

July 18, 2014 GA Teacher Not Required to Report Abuse of Former Student

The Supreme Court held that the teacher had no legal obligation to report the prior sexual abuse of a 16…

July 16, 2014 Court Finds Evidence of Molestation Insufficient to Revoke Probation

The record showed that in November of 2010, the defendant was sentenced to one year to serve and four years…

July 14, 2014 Court Misconstrues Admissibility of Psychosexual Expert Testimony

The record shows that the defendant was indicted on three counts of obscene internet contact with a child. Before trial,…

July 9, 2014 Court of Appeals Dismisses Georgia Asset Forfeiture Case

The State initiated asset forfeiture proceedings against personal property and Bullock was personally served with the complaint on February 5,…

July 7, 2014 GA Court of Appeals Reverses Manslaughter Conviction

The Court held that there was a reasonable probability that the jury returned mutually exclusive verdicts by finding that the…

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