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Croy v. Whitfield County  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: S16G1452

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned OCGA 36-11-1 and a split of opinions in two controlling case law precedents decided by the Georgia court of Appeals. In In re Estate of Leonard, 783 SEd2 470 (2016), Joe Leonard, Jr. allegedly sustain...

Heatherly v. Georgia  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: S16G1498

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted certiorari to the Court of Appeals in this matter to determine whether the Court of Appeals erred in affirming Robert Heatherly’s misdemeanor conviction. Heatherly and Donald Lewis Malon...

Sexual Offender Registration Review Board v. Berzett  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: S17A0082

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Kenneth Berzett pled guilty to child molestation, and in 2009, the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board classified him as a sexually dangerous predator. Berzett petitioned the superior court for judicial re...

Davis v. Georgia  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: S17A0176

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Hunter Mason Davis was tried before a jury and found guilty of felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in the shooting death of Angelo Lar...

Lathrop v. Deal  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: S17A0196

Justia Opinion Summary: The constitutional doctrine of sovereign immunity forbids Georgia courts to entertain a lawsuit against the State without its consent. This case began in 2012, not long after the adoption of House Bill 954, which concern...

Gomez v. Georgia  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Numbers: S17A0265, S17A0266

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants Margarita Gomez and Alejandro Huitron challenged their convictions for felony murder and other crimes related to injuries to and the resulting death of their three-year-old daughter, Esmerelda. The Georgia Sup...

Waye v. Georgia  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: S17A0310

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Joe Lee Waye appealed the denial of his amended motion for out of-time appeal of his conviction and sentence on his plea of guilty to malice murder. In 1996, Waye entered a negotiated plea under which he pled g...

REGISTER et al. v. GREEN BULL PARTNERS, LLC et al.
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: S17A0324
Green Bull Partners, LLC v. Register  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: S17A0327

Justia Opinion Summary: Lowell and Janice Register were shareholders of Register Communications, Inc. Green Bull Georgia Partners, LLC threatened to foreclose on property that had been pledged to secure the debts of Register Communications. The...

Bailey v. Georgia  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: S17A0364

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found appellant Stephen Bailey guilty but mentally ill on all thirteen counts of an indictment filed in connection with the stabbing deaths of Ursula Peterson and her adult daughter Dominique Martin, who were his...

Walker v. Georgia  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: S17A0385

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Gregory Walker, Jr. was convicted of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Roger Clark. He contended on appeal that the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions; th...

The Stuttering Foundation of America, Inc. v. Glynn County  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Numbers: S17A0405, S17A1163

Justia Opinion Summary: The Stuttering Foundation, Inc. (“Foundation”) leased office space in a commercial development in Glynn County owned by Lucas Properties Holdings III, LLC (“Lucas”). In 2015, Lucas filed an application for rezoning of th...

Menefee v. Georgia  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Numbers: S17A0542, S17A0543

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants Travon Menefee and Christian Williams appealed their convictions for malice murder and related crimes stemming from a “drug deal gone bad” which resulted in the death of Antonias Williams (no relation to appel...

Atkinson v. Georgia  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: S17A0611

Justia Opinion Summary: Jerrick Atkinson was tried by jury and found guilty of malice murder, aggravated assault, attempted armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and various other offenses in connection with the shooting...

Pope v. Georgia  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: S17A0615

Justia Opinion Summary: Prisoner Jomeka Pope appealed pro se an order denying his “motion to vacate a void and illegal sentence,” “motion to withdraw Alford (guilty) plea,” and “motion for appointment of counsel.” Pope contended that his senten...

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