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November 26, 2018 Child Hearsay Error Leads to Reversal in Molestation Case

The defendant’s 16-year-old niece told her teacher that the defendant had touched her inappropriately on three separate occasions. The teacher…

November 8, 2018 Hearsay Statements to Doctors May be Admissible at Molestation Trial

The defendant was indicted for child molestation, incest, aggravated sexual battery, statutory rape, and aggravated child molestation. The alleged victim…

October 8, 2018 Innocence Project Exonerates Man Accused of Molestation

Joshua Horner was accused by his 16-year-old daughter of molesting her over a nine-year period. She alleged that he had…

September 26, 2018 11th Circuit: No Suspicion Needed to Search Computers at Border

After receiving tips from Yahoo, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began investigating the defendant for involvement in the receipt,…

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…

August 7, 2018 Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Child Abuse Registry

The child abuse registry, more formally known as the Child Protective Services Information System, is accessible only to certain governmental…

July 28, 2018 Prior Conviction Improperly Admitted in Molestation Case

The defendant was charged with molesting his twelve-year-old niece. At a pretrial hearing, the court determined that the State could…

July 14, 2018 Court Finds Evidence Insufficient to Show Defendant was in Possession of Child Porn

The record at trial showed that a detective traced child pornography images on the internet to an IP address at…

June 19, 2018 Court Upholds Deputy Admonishing Defendant in Front of Jury

It was also held that his trial counsel was not ineffective for failing to file a plea in bar on…

June 8, 2018 Failure to Dismiss Biased Juror Leads to New Trial in Molestation Case

The prospective jurors were informed in voir dire that the defendant was charged with three separate acts of child molestation…

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….

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