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April 23, 2018 11th Circuit Reverses Conviction for Distribution of Child Pornography

The evidence at trial showed that the defendant was downloading child pornography using the file-sharing program Ares. The program’s default…

April 14, 2018 Court of Appeals Finds Evidence Sufficient in Molestation Case

The defendant was accused of watching a pornographic video and masturbating in the presence of a child. On appeal, the…

April 2, 2018 Molestation Convictions Vacated and New Recusal Hearing Ordered

The Court remanded the case to the trial court, though to a different judge, to decide the defendant’s motion to…

March 22, 2018 Court Affirms Molestation Conviction Despite Marital Privilege Issue

The defendant was accused of molesting his step-granddaughter. At trial, the defendant denied the allegations and testified that he suffered…

March 2, 2018 Molestation Convictions Reversed Due to Errors by Trial Counsel

At trial, the evidence showed that the alleged 14-year-old victim and other neighborhood children had routinely performed yard work for…

February 8, 2018 Jailer’s Remarks to Defendant Not Grounds to Withdraw Plea

At the defendant’s hearing on his motion to withdraw his guilty plea, the defendant testified that the chief jailer, whom…

January 19, 2018 Misconduct by Prosecutor Does Not Bar Retrial on Molestation Charges

The record revealed that prior to trial, the trial court granted the defendant’s motion in limine to redact a portion…

January 5, 2018 Mistake of Fact Defense Still Being Debated in Georgia

The Court held that its previous decisions, in which it alluded to the possibility of a mistake of fact defense…

December 17, 2017 Mother’s Statements to Doctors Inadmissible at Molestation Trial

The record reflected that the alleged victim reported to her mother that the defendant, her stepfather, had molested her a…

November 19, 2017 Passports of Child Sex Offenders Will Note Their Convictions

To implement this change, the State Department will revoke the passports of these individuals and reissue the passport with the…

November 12, 2017 Appeal in Georgia Molestation Case Remanded Back to the Trial Court

The Court held that the trial court applied the wrong standard when reviewing the motion on the general grounds. The…

October 26, 2017 Other Act Evidence Must Pass Balancing Test for Admissibility

The defendant was indicted for child molestation and the State moved to introduce evidence of two prior unrelated allegations that…

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