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January 4, 2017 Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Molestation Statute

The trial court found that the defendant, a teacher at a middle school, initiated a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old…

December 22, 2016 State Must Prove Defendant Knew That Images Depicted Minors

The defendant was convicted of aggravated sodomy and several counts of sexual exploitation of children. With respect to one of…

December 14, 2016 Reversal of Parapro’s Sexual Assault Conviction Affirmed

The Court, however, disagreed with the Court of Appeals’ reasoning as to what constitutes “supervisory or disciplinary authority” over the…

November 28, 2016 Georgia Supreme Court Reverses Convictions in Child Cruelty Case

The defendant was convicted of felony murder and two counts of first degree cruelty to children relating to the death…

November 10, 2016 Molestation Case Reversed Due to Improper Closure of Courtroom

The defendant was charged with molesting his stepdaughter. The State filed a pretrial motion to close the courtroom during the…

November 4, 2016 Wife’s Unlawful Seizure of Computer Not Grounds for Suppression

The defendant was convicted of two counts of sexual exploitation of children for possessing printed and electronic images of child…

October 27, 2016 Court: Judges May Encourage Jurors to Submit Witness Questions

The defendant was charged and convicted of malice murder and a firearm offense. At the beginning of trial, the judge…

October 18, 2016 GA Supreme Court Affirms Habeas Relief in Child Cruelty Case

The Court held that, as a result, she did not knowingly or voluntarily enter the plea. The defendant entered a…

October 3, 2016 GA Supreme Court Reverses Habeas Relief in Molestation Case

Following a jury trial, the defendant was convicted of aggravated sexual battery and child molestation and was sentenced to serve…

September 29, 2016 Court Reverses Grant of Plea in Bar in Exploitation Case

The police executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home and seized a computer and an iPhone. The iPhone was…

September 26, 2016 Court of Appeals Grants Withdrawal of Child Molestation Plea

The defendant pleaded guilty to the offense of child molestation and was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison. He…

September 19, 2016 Court of Appeals Affirms Granting of New Trial in Molestation Case

The defendant was convicted of rape, child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, and incest. At trial, defense counsel’s primary strategy was…

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