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April 11, 2012 Federal Child Pornography Sentence Vacated as File Sharing Did Not Warrant Sentence Enhancement

The Court held there was no evidence Vadnais ever expected to receive anything of value in exchange for sharing the…

April 9, 2012 Georgia Tech Assistant Tennis Coach Facing Rape Charges

The man was arrested on March 24th and charged with rape as well as cocaine and marijuana possession after he…

March 29, 2012 Contraband and Sexual Assaults in Georgia’s Youth Detention Centers

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has reported that a former staff member at the Regional Youth Detention Center in Gainesville, Georgia…

March 28, 2012 Court of Appeals Vacates Defendant’s Child Pornography Sentence

The court imposed the statutory minimum sentence of five years in prison.  The Georgia Court of Appeals, relying on the…

March 26, 2012 Cobb County Police Charge 20 yr old with Child Molestation

William Perry McIntyre faces aggravated child molestation charges and a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison for having…

March 21, 2012 GA Supreme Court: Application of Child Hearsay Statute Unconstitutional

A child witness alleging sexual abuse must now be called by the State to testify at trial in order for…

March 19, 2012 Court Reverses Probation Revocation for Alleged Failure to Register as Sex Offender

The Georgia Court of Appeals reversed, finding that the error violated the defendant’s due process rights. The Court of Appeals’…

March 13, 2012 Jury: Pain of Childbirth Sufficient for Aggravated Child Molestation

In order to constitute aggravated child molestation, Georgia law requires proof of either an act of sodomy or physical injury…

March 8, 2012 DeKalb Co. Teacher Accused of Having Sex with Student Denied Bond

Almarcus Thomas was arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated child molestation and three counts of statutory rape.  According…

March 4, 2012 Federal Appeals Court Reverses Child Pornography Conviction

A basic understanding of how the internet and individual computers interrelate is necessary in order for prosecutors and the courts…

February 25, 2012 Reversal of Child Molestation Conviction Due to Juror Misconduct

During the trial, a juror approached and engaged in a conversation with the alleged victim during a lunch break.  Despite…

February 24, 2012 Bernard Speaks at 2012 Georgia Appellate Practice Seminar

Bernard had the honor of speaking today at the 2012 Georgia Appellate Practice Seminar.  Hosted by the State Bar of…

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