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Georgia v. Davis  
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S17G1333

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, Barry Davis pled guilty to aggravated sodomy against his six-year-old daughter and was sentenced to ten years with two to serve in confinement. After the enactment of OCGA 42-1-12 in 1996, he was required to reg...

Workman et al. v. RL BB ACQ I-GA CVL, LLC et al.  
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S17G1485

Justia Opinion Summary: Following the Court of Appeals’ decision in RL BB ACQ I-GA CVL, LLC v. Workman, 798 SE2d 677 (2017), the Georgia Supreme Court granted certiorari to consider two questions: (1) whether attorney fees and costs are availab...

Thomas v. Georgia  
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S18A0003

Justia Opinion Summary: Maurice Thomas was tried by a jury and convicted of murder and other crimes in connection with the fatal shooting of Eugene Grier. Thomas appealed, contending that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel when h...

Johnson v. Georgia  
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S18A0017

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Stephen Johnson was indicted in 2013 for felony murder and drug conspiracy. He challenged the trial court’s order denying his motion to withdraw his guilty plea to felony murder. Appellant claims that his plea...

Jordan v. Georgia  
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S18A0114

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Jordan was convicted of felony murder and related offenses arising out of the shooting death of Stacy Johnson and the aggravated assaults of Rodney Miles and Shatik Bryant. On appeal, Jordan argued: (1) the evide...

Gordon v. Caldwell  
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S18A0132

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted a certificate of probable cause in a habeas corpus action to determine whether the habeas court erred in ruling that certain claims alleged in Andre Gordon’s petition for habeas corpus...

Puckett v. Georgia  
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S18A0203

Justia Opinion Summary: Kevin Puckett was found guilty by jury of malice murder, felony murder, and family violence aggravated assault in connection with the shooting death of his father, Luther. On appeal, Puckett contended that the trial cour...

Manning v. Georgia  
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S18A0369

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Marvin Manning was charged with malice murder, two counts of felony murder, and other offenses arising out of the shooting death of Jimmy Sims. The jury found Manning not guilty of malice murder but found him g...

Brock v. Hardman  
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S18A0393

Justia Opinion Summary: James Brock appealed the denial of his mandamus petition seeking records related to his murder convictions. The Georgia Supreme Court determined it had jurisdiction over the appeal arising from this civil action: "[w]e c...

Palmer v. Georgia  
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S18A0426

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Qutravius Palmer and his codefendant Zion Wainwright were convicted of murder and other crimes in connection with the December 2013 shooting death of Xavier Arnold. On appeal, Palmer argued the trial court erre...

Faust v. Georgia  
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S18A0453

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Antonio Faust was convicted for various crimes related to the 2013 kidnapping of Michael Pippins and the shooting death of David McMillan, III. Appellant’s sole enumeration of error is that the State failed to...

Szorcsik v. Georgia  
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S18A0461

Justia Opinion Summary: Christopher Szorcsik was convicted by jury of malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault in connection with the 2007 stabbing death of Richard Bentley. On appeal, Szorcsik contended: (1) the evidence presented...

Moore v. Georgia  
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S18A0509

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1977, Carzell Moore was convicted of the rape and murder of Teresa Allen, and sentenced to death. In a federal habeas corpus case, Moore was granted a new sentencing proceeding. In the course of the new state sentenci...

IN THE MATTER OF JERRY RICARDO CALDWELL
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S18Y0680
IN THE MATTER OF SHANNON DEWAYNE PATTERSON
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S18Y0794
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