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September 19, 2012 GA Supreme Court Alters Jury Instructions for Defendants Accused of Felony Murder

Now, instead of requiring trial courts to instruct juries that they are precluded from returning a guilty verdict for felony…

September 4, 2012 Georgia Court Reverses Conviction for Enticing Child for Indecent Purposes

The court held that the State failed to prove the essential element of “asportation,” and thus the evidence was insufficient…

August 20, 2012 GA Court of Appeals Reverses Aggravated Child Molestation Conviction

Under Georgia law, no witness may testify as to whether another witness is telling the truth. This type of testimony…

August 15, 2012 11th Circuit: Decision to Exclude Eyewitness Expert Testimony Not Reviewable

The holding relies on what many feel is an outdated 1997 decision, United States v. Smith, 122 F.3d 1355 (11th…

August 13, 2012 Hearsay Rulings Critical in Drew Peterson Trial

Throughout the first eight days of the trial, the prosecution has taken full advantage of a pretrial appellate court ruling…

August 8, 2012 Fulton County Rape Charges Dismissed Against Former GA Tech Assistant Coach

Last week, the Fulton County district attorney agreed and dropped the pending rape charges against him. The assistant coach was…

August 6, 2012 Georgia Teacher Accused of Possessing Child Pornography

Joseph Monroe Wilson, a former teacher at New Georgia Elementary School in Villa Rica, was indicted by a federal grand…

July 25, 2012 Nevada Sexual Assault Case Exposes State’s Failure to Develop Standards for Expert Testimony

Defense attorneys for Noe Perez, a Nevada man convicted of sexual assault last year, are hoping that doubts raised about…

July 23, 2012 Court of Appeals Reverses Drug Trafficking Conviction

The Georgia Court of Appeals held that even though the State’s evidence supported the conviction, the trial court erred in…

July 19, 2012 A Case for Limiting the Reach of Sex Offender Registries

Individuals classified as sex offenders and members of their families have pleaded with lawmakers to recognize the flaws in the…

July 16, 2012 GA Supreme Court: State Must Prove Knowledge of Quantity in Drug Trafficking Cases

The Georgia Supreme Court agreed, but then refused to reverse his conviction. In Wilson, a package containing more than 12…

July 13, 2012 DNA Evidence May Lead to New Trial in “Stocking Strangler” Case

Earlier this week, lawyers representing Carlton Gary, dubbed the “Columbus Stocking Strangler,” filed a 34-page motion in Muscogee County Superior…

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