Supreme Court of Georgia Decisions 2012

Leonard v. Georgia  
Date: November 27, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0990

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Brandon Leonard appealed his convictions and sentences for malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, all in connection with the shooting deaths of Thomas Darr and Jim Cates. D...

STEVENS v. THE STATE
Date: November 27, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1795
LEE v. THE STATE
Date: November 27, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1796
ARCHER WESTERN CONTRACTORS, LTD et al. v. ESTATE OF MACK PITTS
Date: November 27, 2012
Docket Number: S12G0517
CITY OF ATLANTA et al. v. ESTATE OF MACK PITTS
Date: November 27, 2012
Docket Number: S12G0526
Holder Construction Company v. Estate of Pitts  
Date: November 27, 2012
Docket Numbers: S12G0527, S12G0517, S12G0526

Justia Opinion Summary: After Mack Pitts was killed in a construction accident at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, his estate and minor children sued the City of Atlanta and several contractors for breaches of contracts concern...

We, The Taxpayers v. Bd. of Tax Assessors Effingham Cty.  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0700

Justia Opinion Summary: We, the Taxpayers, an unincorporated association of individual taxpayer residents of Effingham County ("Taxpayers"), appealed the trial court's order dismissing Taxpayers's complaint against the Board of Tax Assessors of...

Sosniak v. Georgia  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0799

Justia Opinion Summary: Marcin Waldemar Sosniak appealed the trial court’s denial of his motion to dismiss his indictment due to an alleged constitutional speedy trial violation. Because the Supreme Court found that "Callaway v. Georgia" (567 S...

Hammond v. Georgia  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0871

Justia Opinion Summary: Eugene Hammond appealed the trial court's denial of his motion in arrest of judgment. In 2000, Hammond was convicted superior court on charges of the felony murder of his son, the aggravated assault of his wife, and of m...

Toomer v. Georgia  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0976

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Kasaem Toomer challenged his 2009 convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the death of Justin Cox. Appellant contended that the trial court erred in rejecting his "Batson" claim that t...

Sears v. Georgia  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1211

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Allen Sears was tried by a jury and convicted of the murder of Isaiah Lovett, aggravated assault, and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony. Following the denial of his motion for new trial, Sear...

Fitzpatrick v. Madison Co. Bd. of Tax Assessors  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1435

Justia Opinion Summary: Norma Fitzpatrick, Barry Fitzpatrick and George Elrod, (taxpayers), own parcels of land in Madison County. Following a valuation of those properties for tax purposes by the Madison County Board of Assessors, the taxpayer...

Lumpkin Co. v. Georgia Insurers Insolvency Pool  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1451

Justia Opinion Summary: Following the trial court's grant of summary judgment to the Georgia Insurers Insolvency Pool (GIIP), Lumpkin County appealed, contending that following the insolvency of the County's regular insurer, GIIP was required t...

AMERSON, CAVEATOR v. PAHL, PROPOUNDER
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1458
Hamilton v. Hamilton  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1526

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Hamilton (husband) and Janell Hamilton (wife) were divorced in 2008, after approximately 23 years of marriage. At the time of their divorce, they had one minor child. The final divorce decree ordered husband to pa...

Durham v. Georgia  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1637

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Albert Durham of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of George McCrary. On appeal, Durham contended that the State elicited improper hearsay testimony, the trial court fa...

Campos v. Georgia  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1639

Justia Opinion Summary: Pro se appellant Sandro Campos appealed the denial of his motion for an out-of-time appeal, following his entry of a plea of guilty to malice murder for the 2004 fatal shooting of Henry Jayaprakasham, and Campos's result...

ALI v. ROSS et al
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1705
Thornton v. Georgia  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1776

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Mark Thornton was convicted of felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, burglary, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and conspira...

Davis v. Georgia  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1793

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Nehemiah Davis appealed his convictions for malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, contending that his right to due process was violated when the State offered...

Georgia v. Harris  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1889

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed the superior court's grant of a new trial to Xavier Harris, who was found guilty of felony murder and related crimes in connection with the August 1, 2005 fatal shooting of Ron Strozier and the conspir...

Arnold v. Georgia  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1895

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Darchelle Renee Arnold was charged by indictment with two counts of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, three counts of armed robbery, and six counts of aggravated assault, in connection with the shoot...

Rymuza v. Rymuza  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12F1507

Justia Opinion Summary: In early 2012, the trial court entered a final judgment in the divorce action filed by appellee Jeffrey Rymuza (Husband) against appellant Andreana Rymuza (Wife). Husband filed for divorce in Houston County. The complain...

Ertter v. Dunbar  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12G0452

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue before the Supreme Court in this case was whether a superior court was able to exercise jurisdiction to award permanent custody of a child when a juvenile court previously found the child to be deprived and pla...

Everett v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co.  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12G0729

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2006, appellant Michael Everett was employed as an engineer for appellee Norfolk Southern Railway Company and was tasked with using his locomotive to push a six-car train into an auto plant in Georgia. One of th...

Ellington v. Georgia  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12P0870

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Appellant Clayton Jerrod Ellington of murdering his wife Berna Ellington and their twin two-year-old sons, Cameron and Christian. The jury found two statutory aggravating circumstances related to each of...

BOARD OF TAX ASSESSORS OF EFFINGHAM CO. v. WE, THE TAXPAYERS et al
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12X0701
IN THE MATTER OF RICARDO L. POLK
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Numbers: S12Y1745, S12Y1746, S12Y1747
IN THE MATTER OF JOSEPH SETH SHAW
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1942
A Fast Sign Company, Inc. v. American Home Services, Inc.  
Date: November 5, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1708

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002 and 2003, appellee American Home Services, Inc. (AHS), a siding, window, and gutter installation company, contracted with Sunbelt Communications, Inc. (Sunbelt), for Sunbelt to send a total of 318,000 unsolicited...

Poole v. Georgia  
Date: November 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0662

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Tammy Poole was convicted in April 2007 for the malice murder of her husband Robert Michael Poole, possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony and while a convicted felon, simple battery/family viole...

Keever v. Dellinger  
Date: November 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0865

Justia Opinion Summary: Through interrogatories, a jury determined that David Keever, individually and in his capacity as administrator of the Estate of Henry Keever, failed to prove that he had adversely possessed certain land whose record tit...

Georgia v. Johnson  
Date: November 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0868

Justia Opinion Summary: More than five years after he was arrested, John Johnson still had not been brought to trial, so he moved to dismiss his indictment, arguing that he had been denied his constitutional right to a speedy trial. The trial c...

Wright v. Georgia  
Date: November 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0878

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Tamarkus Lekeith Wright was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery and burglary in connection with the robbing and shooting of Joseph Ray. On appeal Wright contended that his...

McLean v. Georgia  
Date: November 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0930

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Reginald McLean appealed his conviction for felony murder in connection with the shooting death of Perry Phillips. McLean contended multiple issues at trial constituted error for which he petitioned the Supreme C...

Hargrove v. Georgia  
Date: November 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1081

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Bruce Wayne Hargrove was convicted of malice murder in connection with the 1999 shooting death of Antonio Jamel Jordan and was sentenced to life imprisonment. His motion for new trial was denied, and he appeale...

Brown v. Georgia  
Date: November 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1138

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas Antonio Brown was tried by a jury and convicted of the murder of Bon Joshwa Albright, as well as on four counts of aggravated assault and five counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Fo...

Registe v. Georgia  
Date: November 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1190

Justia Opinion Summary: Following the denial of his motion to suppress, Michael Jason Registe filed an application for an interlocutory appeal. The issue on appeal before the Supreme Court was [w]hether the trial court erred by denying Registe'...

Brown v. Georgia  
Date: November 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1552

Justia Opinion Summary: Following the denial of his motion for new trial, as amended, Christopher Brown appealed his convictions for malice murder and armed robbery in connection with the fatal shooting of Robert Lovelace. Brown challenged the...

Hendry v. Hendry  
Date: November 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12F1302

Justia Opinion Summary: John Allan Hendry and Sally Frances Hendry were married in 1998, and after three children were born during their marriage, they divorced. In its final judgment and decree of divorce, the trial court awarded primary physi...

Georgia v. Ogilvie  
Date: November 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12G0703

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted certiorari in this case to consider whether the Court of Appeals properly stated and applied the law governing accident and proximate cause in a "strict liability" offense. Appellee Shirley Ogil...

Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. v. McRae  
Date: November 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12G0714

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted certiorari in this appeal to consider whether OCGA section 34-9-207 required an employee who files a claim under the Georgia Workers' Compensation Act (OCGA 34-9-1 et seq.), to authorize her tre...

IN THE MATTER OF JAMES H. DICKEY
Date: November 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1958
Chatman v. Brown  
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0674

Justia Opinion Summary: In May 1999, a jury found Derrick Brown guilty of kidnapping with bodily injury, aggravated assault upon a person 65 years or older, robbery by force, and burglary in connection with the beating and robbing of Margaret L...

Nicely v. Georgia  
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0876

Justia Opinion Summary: Billy D. Nicely was tried by a jury and convicted of the murder of Tayore Wright, a one-year-old girl. On appeal, Nicely contended that his father was denied equal protection when the father was excluded from portions of...

Ehlers v. Upper West Side, LLC  
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0947

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Allen Ehlers signed a contract to sell certain property to Keith Sharp, the owner of Upper West Side, LLC. Allen had acquired the property in question pursuant to a 1995 deed of assent that identified the land a...

LEE, CAVEATOR v. SWAIN, PROPOUNDER et al
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0992
Lee v. Swain  
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0993

Justia Opinion Summary: Eloise Collins died in 2006. In July 2007, Lydia Swain, Collins’ goddaughter, filed a petition to probate two instruments alleged to be Collins’ will: an unwitnessed letter written in 1999 detailing how Collins wanted he...

BURGESS v. LIBERTY COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS et al
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1068
Woods v. Georgia  
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1143

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant John Dennis Woods appealed his convictions for malice murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and concealing the death of another, all in connection with the death...

Johnson v. Georgia  
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1149

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Haskell Johnson was jointly indicted with Derek Willingham and Franklin Frails for malice murder, felony murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime after the shooting death of Ritchard...

Odom v. Odom  
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1433

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Richard Odom (husband) and appellee Sherri Odom (wife) were divorced in 2007. The decree, which incorporated the parties’ settlement agreement, awarded wife primary custody of the parties’ three minor children...

Blevins v. Georgia  
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1469

Justia Opinion Summary: Paul Franklin Blevins was tried by a jury and convicted of the murder of Danny Jones, armed robbery, arson in the first degree, and several misdemeanor traffic offenses. Following the denial of his motion for new trial,...

FORTSON v. FREEMAN et al
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1482
Jarvis v. Jarvis  
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12F0889

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Michael Todd Jarvis (“Husband”) and appellee Tracy Dorminy Jarvis(“Wife”) were married in March 1997. Husband filed for divorce in 2009. After a five-day bench trial in March 2011, the trial court granted the p...

Higdon v. Georgia  
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12G0033

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Carl Higdon was charged with a total of eight criminal offenses in three accusations filed in the Catoosa County Superior Court and one indictment returned in the Walker County Superior Court, each of which was...

Rice v. Georgia  
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12P1309

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Lawrence Rice of murdering Connie Mincher and her 14-year-old son, Ethan, and of burglary. The jury found multiple statutory aggravating circumstances related to each of the murders and recommended a dea...

BROWN v. CHATMAN, WARDEN
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12X0675
IN THE MATTER OF PATRICK JEFFERY STUBBS
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1208
IN THE MATTER OF WARNER RUSSELL HODGES
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1959
Leitch v. Flemming  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1792

Justia Opinion Summary: The DeKalb County district attorney brought a declaratory judgment action against the county's magistrate judges seeking guidance regarding a dispute on the proper evidentiary standards for establishing probable cause at...

Brundige v. Georgia  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1821

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals in this case to determine whether the definition of "tangible evidence," as that term is used in OCGA 17-5-21 (a) (5), includes evidence gained by th...

WMW, Inc v. American Honda Motor Company, Inc.  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1828

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted certiorari to decide whether the appellate court correctly construed the standing requirement for a motor vehicle dealership to sue under OCGA 10-1-664 (the anti-encroachment provision of the Ge...

Burke County v. Askin  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Numbers: S12A0649, S12X0650

Justia Opinion Summary: In case number S12A0649, Burke County, its Board of Commissioners, and various members of the Board, individually and in their official capacities appealed the superior court's grant of a writ of mandamus involving the o...

DIXON v. THE STATE
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0692
Simmons v. Georgia  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0808

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Kelvin Simmons was convicted for the malice murder of Sheila Easley in February 2002. Following the trial court's denial of his motion for new trial, Defendant appealed. He contended the evidence was insufficie...

Inagawa v. Fayette County  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Numbers: S12A0849, S12X0850

Justia Opinion Summary: Jamie Inagawa, the Solicitor-General of Fayette County, filed a mandamus action against Fayette County and its Commissioners in their official capacities asserting that since July 1, 2007 his compensation had been incorr...

UPTON, WARDEN v. HARDEMAN
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0854
Horn v. Shepherd  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0890

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court held Randy Horn (Husband) in contempt for violating his divorce decree with Brandie Shepherd (Wife) and ordered him incarcerated until he purged himself of the contempt. Husband appealed, and the Supreme...

Wetherington v. Wetherington  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1001

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted Husband's application for discretionary appeal to consider whether the trial court erred in determining his child support obligation when he petitioned to modify it. Upon review, the Court concl...

Doyle v. Georgia  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1036

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Devon Sharif Doyle was convicted and sentenced for malice murder, several counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He appealed asserting, inter alia, trial cou...

Georgia v. Sosa  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1130

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Daniel Sosa filed a petition for the writ of habeas corpus, contending that his attorney was ineffective for failing to advise him that his guilty plea would subject him to removal or deportation. The State mov...

STODDARD v. MEYER
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1131
STEPHENS v. THE STATE
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1226
GFI MANAGEMENT SERVICES, INC. v. MEDINA
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1228
Powell v. Georgia  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1311

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Marquez Powell was tried by a Fulton County jury and convicted of the murder of Shah Walton, as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Following the denial of his motion for new tria...

Brown v. Georgia  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1387

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Justin Brown was convicted of felony murder, aggravated battery, kidnapping with bodily injury, aggravated assault, and burglary in connection with the shooting death of J.R. Morrow. Brown's motion for new tria...

YOUMANS v. THE STATE
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1562
Marsh v. Clarke County Sch. Dist.  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1568

Justia Opinion Summary: The superior court denied the writ of mandamus in this case where a taxpayer requested that a school district to return "excess proceeds" collected pursuant to an educational sales and use tax approved by referendum. In...

Walls v. Walls  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12F0846

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted discretionary appeal of the parties' final judgment and divorce decree. After review, the Court affirmed most of the trial court's judgment. The Court found that the divorce decree included a de...

Eldridge v. Eldridge  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12F1078

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jill E. Eldridge (Wife) filed for divorce from appellee Joshua R. C. Eldridge (Husband) after more than seven years of marriage. Following a bench trial, the trial court issued a final judgment and decree of di...

Barrett v. Georgia  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12P0710

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Winston Clay Barrett of malice murder and related crimes and recommended a death sentence for the murder after finding beyond a reasonable doubt the following statutory aggravating circumstances: the mur...

ASKIN et al. v. BURKE COUNTY et al
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12X0650
FAYETTE COUNTY et al. v. INAGAWA, SOLICITOR-GENERAL
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12X0850
IN THE MATTER OF JERRY WAYNE MONCUS
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0860
IN THE MATTER OF CHRISTOPHER TODD ADAMS
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1545
IN THE MATTER OF DANA POSEY GENTRY
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Numbers: S12Y1691, S12Y1693, S12Y1694
IN THE MATTER OF KATHRYN J. JACONETTI
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1779
IN THE MATTER OF AMJAD MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S13Y0007
Barnes v. Georgia  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0708

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1993, a jury found Appellant Joseph Barnes guilty of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, and armed robbery and recommended a death sentence. The trial court sentenced Barnes to death for the murder and also im...

Leger v. Georgia  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0833

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Donavon Shane Leger appealed his convictions for malice murder and aggravated battery in connection with the death of his estranged wife, Tracy Leger. He contended that in three instances the State violated the...

McBride v. Georgia  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0843

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Tinos Santana McBride was found guilty of malice murder and various other offenses in connection with the shooting death of Jessie Strickland. On appeal, McBride contended that the trial court err...

Daniel Corp. v. Reed  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0867

Justia Opinion Summary: SPI Club, Inc. operates two nightclubs in Atlanta, and in July 2010, the City issued an alcohol license for each club. Daniel Corporation contended that SPI Club failed to open either club for business within nine months...

Patterson-Fowlkes v. Chancey  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0888

Justia Opinion Summary: Caveator Lisa Patterson-Fowlkes appealed a superior court's denial of her motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict, or in the alternative, motion for a new trial, following the entry of a final judgment on a jury...

Leverette v. Georgia  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0906

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, appellant David Leverette entered guilty pleas to charges arising from the malice murder of his wife and was sentenced to life imprisonment plus several terms of years to be served concurrently with each other a...

Simmons v. Georgia  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0979

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Defendant Dwight Simmons appealed his conviction for malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, theft by taking, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, and possession of a kn...

Floyd v. Floyd  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1042

Justia Opinion Summary: Kurt A. Floyd, Sr. and Livia M. Floyd were divorced in 2008. The decree incorporated the settlement of the parties, in which Kurt and Livia agreed that Kurt would retain title to, and possession of, the marital residence...

Wilcher v. Georgia  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1146

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Travis Wilcher was convicted of murder, armed robbery, and related crimes in connection with the 2007 shooting death of Tollie Mitchell. Appellant appealed the denial of his motion for new trial, asserting insu...

Grell v. Georgia  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1177

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Devin Anthony Grell was convicted of the felony murder of Donny Edouard, with the aggravated assault of Edouard as the underlying felony. He was also convicted of burglary of the Edouard home, two counts of agg...

Johnson v. Georgia  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1225

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnny Johnson appealed his convictions for malice murder and possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer, both in connection with the death of Deandre Phillips. Finding no merit to the alleged errors Johnson...

Jacobs v. Young  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Numbers: S12A1340, S12X1342

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Andrea Brown Jacobs and several family members holding ownership interest in certain undeveloped real property filed a partition action in January 2006 after another family member, Mary Young, refused to sign a...

Lanham v. Georgia  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1348

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Stacey O. Lanham of the stabbing death of Gerald Mutcherson in connection with a drug deal. At trial, Lanham admitted killing Mutcherson, but claimed it was in self defense. On appeal, Lanham contended t...

Young v. Georgia  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1403

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Christopher Young was tried and convicted with his codefendant, Patrick Satterfield, for the 2008 felony murder and armed robbery of Richard Boynton, Sr., the burglary of the Boynton home, and possession of a f...

Platt v. Georgia  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1442

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Zyderrious Platt was convicted of malice murder, felony murder, feticide, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm for the October 2009 shooting death of his pregnant wife Jelani Platt. Appellant contend...

MULLINS v. THE STATE
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1488
Hastings v. Hastings  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12F0873

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Frederick C. Hastings (Husband) appealed a final divorce decree which awarded primary physical custody of his two children to Nichole Hastings (Wife). Husband is the biological father of both children, whereas...

Newman v. Newman  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12F1549

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant James Newman (husband) and appellee Judy Newman (wife) were married in May 2007. Just before their wedding, they executed a 20-page type-written prenuptial agreement to which they added a handwritten provision...

American General Financial Services v. Jape  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12G0463

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted certiorari in this appeal to determine whether 9 USC 16 (a) (1) (B) of the Federal Arbitration Act (the "FAA"), which grants federal litigants the right to directly appeal a trial court's order...

Clark v. Hunstein  
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12O1700

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Clark filed a petition against Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein, seeking a writ of mandamus to order Chief Justice Hunstein to rule on his application for a certificate of probable cause to appeal his habeas corpus...

IN THE MATTER OF CLARK JONES-LEWIS
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1389
IN THE MATTER OF WENDEL LAWRENCE BOWIE
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Numbers: S12Y1407, S12Y1640, S12Y1641
IN THE MATTER OF LISA M. CUMMINGS
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Numbers: S12Y1443, S12Y1461
IN THE MATTER OF CHIMA EARNEST OKENE
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Numbers: S12Y1453, S12Y1454
IN THE MATTER OF BARBARA SIMS ARTHUR
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1553
IN THE MATTER OF WAYNE ANDREW WILLIAMS
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1564
IN THE MATTER OF PAUL TROY WRIGHT
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1609
IN THE MATTER OF ARTHUR L. GIBSON, JR
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1646
IN THE MATTER OF GREGORY E. STUHLER
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1654
IN THE MATTER OF RICHARD R. BUCKLEY, JR
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1710
IN THE MATTER OF LAWRENCE EDWARD MADISON
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1783
IN THE MATTER OF ROMIN VINCENT ALAVI
Date: October 1, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1825
Stolte v. Fagan  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1871

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted certiorari to the Court of Appeals in this professional negligence action to address: (1) the standard for harmless error where a trial court refuses to strike an unqualified juror; and, (2) the...

Wilkins v. Georgia  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0658

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Mathew Wilkins was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery in connection with the death of Marlisa Wells. On appeal, he challenged the sufficiency of the evidenc...

Baker v. Schrimsher  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0665

Justia Opinion Summary: Erma David Baker (Husband) and Ivy Baker Schrimsher (Wife) were divorced in November 1998 by final judgment and decree. A settlement agreement incorporated into the final judgment and decree required Husband to refinance...

Fox v. Fox  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0672

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce case, the husband disputed the validity and enforceability of the parties' self-styled "Premarital Agreement." In 2000, appellant Joanne Fox ("Wife") and appellee Lyle M. Fox ("Husband") divorced after 25...

Cartwright v. Georgia  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0686

Justia Opinion Summary: Derrick Cartwright was convicted of felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The trial court denied Cartwright's motion for a new trial and he appealed, challenging...

Williams v. Georgia  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0742

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jamaal Williams was indicted along with Alex Marshall, Melvin Daniels, Bennie Durham, and Kyle Oree for numerous crimes related to the shooting death of Robert Daughtry, Jr. Marshall and Daniels pled guilty to...

Green v. Georgia  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0762

Justia Opinion Summary: Pro se Appellant Dexter Wendell Green appealed a trial court's order which granted the State's motion to dismiss appellant's motion for an out-of-time appeal. In 1990, appellant entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to...

Terry v. Georgia  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0788

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Fredrick Terry was found guilty of and sentenced for the felony murder of James Hansell and for the possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. On appeal, Appellant challenged the sufficiency of...

Zamora v. Georgia  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0847

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Horatio Zamora was convicted of malice murder and first-degree cruelty to children in connection with the death of 19-month-old Jonathan Castillo. Appellant contended that the evidence at his trial was insuffic...

Adkins v. Cobb County  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0848

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue before the Supreme Court in this case was whether application of OCGA 32-3-11(c) pertaining to appellants' motion to set aside or vacate a declaration of taking violated their due process rights, and whether th...

STATE OF GEORGIA et al. v. SINGH et al
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0852
Mangrum v. Georgia  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0875

Justia Opinion Summary: In December 2005, Appellant Jamerson Mangrum was found guilty of numerous crimes related to the death of 15-year-old Katie Hamlin in July 2002, including three counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated child mole...

Abston v. Georgia  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0877

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, appellant Steven Wayne Abston was convicted of malice murder and possession of a knife during the commission of certain crimes in connection with the stabbing death of his father, Jeffrey Abston....

HUMPHREY, WARDEN v. RILEY
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0910
Burns v. Georgia  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0944

Justia Opinion Summary: In February 2003, appellant Leviticus Burns entered a negotiated guilty plea to a murder charge stemming from his indictment for the October 2001 shooting death of Reginald Berry. Appellant's other charges were placed on...

Andersen v. Farrington  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0977

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband and wife were divorced in 2009. They had two children. The decree awarded joint custody to the parties, with primary physical custody to wife. Thereafter, husband filed a contempt action, and also sought a psycho...

Karlen v. Reliance Equities, LLC  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1056

Justia Opinion Summary: In January 2011, Reliance Equities, LLC acquired title to an Atlanta property pursuant to an August 2009 tax sale and a subsequent foreclosure of all rights of redemption. Nancy Karlen claimed to have had an interest in...

Dunn v. Georgia  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1139

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Torrance Dunn was convicted of malice murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and five counts of felony obstruction in connection with the shooting death of Ramon Smith. On appeal, he...

Lynch v. Georgia  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1140

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Reginald L. Lynch appealed his conviction for malice murder, felony murder, and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, contending that the evidence was insufficien...

Faniel v. Georgia  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1159

Justia Opinion Summary: Antonio Faniel appealed his convictions for felony murder while in the commission of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with the fatal shooting of Doreen Young....

Smith v. Ellis  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1174

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue before the Supreme Court was whether an employee who filed an injury claim against his employer under the State Workers' Compensation Act and receives compensation in exchange for a "no liability" settlement wi...

Green v. Georgia  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1182

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Brandon Green was convicted of murder in connection with the shooting death of Teressa Owens. On appeal, he contended he received ineffective assistance of counsel for failing to object to certain hearsay testi...

Gamble v. Georgia  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1223

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Donald Hugh Gamble, Jr., of the murder of Quamaine Rickman in Richmond County. Gamble contended on appeal that the evidence was insufficient and the trial court erred in its jury instructions. The Suprem...

Riley v. Humphrey  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12X0945

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted William David Riley of murdering his three children and of first degree arson, and the jury imposed death sentences for the murders. The Supreme Court unanimously affirmed Riley's convictions and sentenc...

Georgia v. Singh  
Date: September 10, 2012
Docket Number: S12X0973

Justia Opinion Summary: The State filed an in personam action pursuant to OCGA 16-14-6 (b) of the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act against Hargurtag Singh and his company Rajan Singh, LLC (collectively, "Singh"), seeki...

Georgia v. Martinez  
Date: July 13, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0916

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Jose Alonso Martinez was not a citizen of the United States, but he became a permanent legal resident in 2008. In 2010, he entered a guilty plea to aggravated battery and received a probated sentence of seven...

Brine v. Shipp  
Date: July 13, 2012
Docket Number: S12F0626

Justia Opinion Summary: This divorce action involved the termination of the parental rights of the husband, who was the child's legal father for 13 years. The husband was appealing the superior court's order severing his rights as legal father...

Curry v. Georgia  
Date: July 9, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0568

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Michael Curry appealed his convictions for the malice murders of Ann Curry, Erika Curry, and Ryan Curry. Responding to a phone call from the neighbors in 1985, police found the bodies of Defendant's eight-month...

Couch v. Red Roof Inns, Inc.  
Date: July 9, 2012
Docket Number: S12Q0625

Justia Opinion Summary: In this premises liability action, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia certified two questions to the state Supreme Court: (1) In a premises liability case in which the jury determines a...

Scott v. Shaw Industries, Inc.  
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1815

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals held that the superior court improperly affirmed a damages award to Petitioner Valencia Scott on her workers' compensation claim because the ALJ erred in ruling Petitioner's deniability resulted from...

Small v. Irving  
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0182

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Leonard Small filed suit seeking ejectment and mesne profits after learning that Appellee Alphonso Irving had built a home on a lot located at 4110 Raybun Street in Savannah, which Small had purchased at a tax...

Haralson County v. Taylor Junkyard of Bremen, Inc.  
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0200

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted discretionary appeal to Haralson County to review a superior court's grant of the writ of mandamus. In 2008, Taylor Junkyard of Bremen, Inc. sought to purchase a piece of property in a residenti...

Davison v. Hines  
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0405

Justia Opinion Summary: Following trial, a jury declared that a Will and Revocable Trust executed by Thomas Hines, Sr. in 2002 were invalid as they were the product of undue influence. Steve and Deborah Davidson, executors of the Hines estate,...

Griffin v. Terry  
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0634

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted Appellant Melvin Griffin's application for a certificate of probable cause to examine whether the habeas court erred in rejecting his claim of ineffective assistance of appellate counsel. Appell...

Pulley v. Georgia  
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0786

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant Reginald Pulley was found guilty of malice murder, theft by taking a motor vehicle, and felony theft by taking. The trial court entered judgments of conviction and sentenced Appellant to lif...

Moreno-Rivera v. Georgia  
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0904

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Julio Moreno-Rivera appealed his conviction for malice murder (among other crimes), contending that he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel. After a series of escalating arguments between Defendant...

Holloman v. Georgia  
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0958

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Malcolm Holloman appealed his conviction for felony murder while in the commission of aggravated assault and the denial of his motion for new trial in connection with the fatal stabbing of Robert Calloway. He c...

McFarlane v. Georgia  
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1074

Justia Opinion Summary: Following the denial of his motion for new trial as amended, Dana Gregory McFarlane appealed his convictions for malice murder, kidnapping with bodily injury, and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony i...

Milford v. Georgia  
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1283

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of felony murder and armed robbery in connection with the shooting death of Sean Robinson. Appellant's motion for new trial was denied, and he appealed that decision. On appeal, Appellant asserted...

Gates v. Glass  
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S12G0133

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted certiorari to the Court of Appeals in "Glass v. Gates" to answer whether the definition of "any motor vehicle" in OCGA 33-24-51(a) continued to be the broader definition of the term provided for...

Wilson v. Georgia  
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S12G0370

Justia Opinion Summary: A package containing 12.46 pounds of marijuana arrived at a post office in Hall County addressed to "Abby at 1830 Vineyard Way." The post office mistakenly notified Abby Massaro of 1930 Vineyard Way. Ms. Massaro collecte...

IN THE MATTER OF MARCUS L. VICKERS
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1252
IN THE MATTER OF REED EDMONDSON, JR
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1370
IN THE MATTER OF JOSEPH N. HARDEN
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1585
IN THE MATTER OF WILLIAM M. PETERSON
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1594
IN RE: FORMAL ADVISORY OPINION NO. 86-1
Date: June 25, 2012
Docket Number: S10U1780
Mathis v. Georgia  
Date: June 25, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0126

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Paul Mathis was convicted of malice murder and related offenses in connection with the 2006 shooting death of Jurell Williams. Appellant appealed the denial of his motion for new trial, asserting evidentiary er...

Lewis v. Georgia  
Date: June 25, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0400

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Willie Henry Lewis appealed his convictions for the malice murders of Xavier Dinkins and Kejaun Webb, as well as a variety of other crimes that occurred over a four-day crime spree. On appeal, Defendant argued...

Danenberg v. Georgia  
Date: June 25, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0524

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, a Jones County jury found Appellant Robert Danenberg guilty of malice murder arising out of the 1988 fatal shooting of Deborah Penland Lamb. He appealed, arguing that several rulings made by the trial court cons...

Mays v. Racine-Kinchen  
Date: June 25, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0590

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant A.R. Mays, executor of the estate of decedent Gilbert Henry Kinchen, filed a petition to probate the decedent's will, and Appellee Katherine Rancine-Kinchen, the decedent’s widow, filed a caveat thereto. Appell...

Williams v. Kelly  
Date: June 25, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0615

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a May 1995 jury trial, Defendant Eric Kelley was convicted of two counts of felony murder (with the underlying felony of aggravated assault) in connection with the shooting deaths of two people at a pawn shop....

Green v. Georgia  
Date: June 25, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0853

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant Sam Green was found guilty of the malice and felony murder of Candy Wright, a separate charge of aggravated assault against Ms. Wright, and the rape and aggravated assault of Leanna Ziel. Th...

Drane v. Georgia  
Date: June 25, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0857

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Leonard Maurice Drane of committing murder and aggravated battery against Renee Blackmon and sentenced him to death. Initially on direct appeal, the Supreme Court affirmed on a number of issues and held...

FOSTER et al. v. WEITZEL, ADMRS., et al
Date: June 25, 2012
Docket Number: S12A1065
White v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co.  
Date: June 25, 2012
Docket Number: S12Q0631

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit certified two questions to the Georgia Supreme Court: "(1) Did the Georgia Insurance Commissioner act within his legal authority when he promulgated Ga. Comp. R...

IN THE MATTER OF LISA M. CUMMINGS
Date: June 25, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0468
IN THE MATTER OF ADRIENNE REGINA MCFALL
Date: June 25, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1134
Leibel, et al. v. Johnson  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S11G0557

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury returned a verdict for Dr. Mary Johnson on her legal malpractice claim against Steven K. Leibel, Leibel filed a motion for JNOV and a motion for a new trial. The trial court denied the motion for JNOV but gr...

Kesterson, et al. v. Jarrett, et al.  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S11G0590

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, a young child with severe cerebral palsy, was excluded from most of the liability phase of the trial of her and her parents' lawsuit alleging that her condition was caused by appellees' medical malpractice. At...

Bunn v. State  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S11G0682

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, aggravated child molestation, and child molestation. At issue was whether the court of appeals improperly limited the court's holding in D...

The Landings Assoc., Inc. v. Williams, et al.  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Numbers: S11G1263, S11G1277

Justia Opinion Summary: In The Landings Association, Inc. v. Williams, et al., the court of appeals held that the trial court properly denied in part motions for summary judgment brought by The Landings Association, Inc. and The Landings Club,...

Hoover v. Maxum Indemnity Co.  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Numbers: S11G1681, S11G1683

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sustained a serious brain injury when he fell while climbing down from the roof of a residence while working for EWES. At the time of the accident, EWES held a commercial liability insurance policy issued by Ma...

State v. Hodges  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1820

Justia Opinion Summary: The court granted certiorari to the court of appeals to consider whether that court erred in holding that defendant should have been allowed to present evidence in support of his justification defense about a previous in...

Alatise v. State  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0024

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for the felony murder and aggravated assault of the victim, contending that the trial court made a number of evidentiary errors. The court held that the trial court did not err by failin...

Brinkley v. State  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0137

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty of kidnapping with bodily injury to a female victim, rape of the female victim, kidnapping a male victim, and armed robbery. Defendant filed a motion for a new trial on general grounds in Febru...

Humphrey v. Lewis  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0154

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of malice murder, burglary, and other related offenses in 1998 and was sentenced to death. The habeas court subsequently granted defendant habeas relief, vacating all of his convictions on several...

Crosson v. Conway  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0328

Justia Opinion Summary: After being indicted for certain theft crimes, defendant filed a pre-trial petition for writ of habeas corpus. At issue on appeal was whether the holding in Hicks v. Scott, preventing a pro se prisoner in a post-convicti...

Tompkins v. Hall  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0489

Justia Opinion Summary: Following the grant of a petition for habeas corpus relief brought by defendant, the warden appealed, contending that the trial court erred in its finding that cause and prejudice had been shown to raise the procedural b...

Northway v. Allen, et al.  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0492

Justia Opinion Summary: After appellant, the elected mayor of the City of Springfield, refused to resign after an ethics investigation, appellees petitioned the superior court for his removal pursuant to Section 45 of the city's charter. Appell...

DURHAM v. DURHAM et al
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0537
Hardigree v. Smith  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0559

Justia Opinion Summary: Wife appealed from the trial court's finding that husband's alimony obligation was for permanent periodic alimony. The court held that the trial court erred as a matter of law in concluding that husband's alimony obligat...

Durham v. Durham; Callaway v. Willard  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Numbers: S12A0537, S12A0607

Justia Opinion Summary: These cases arose from a declaratory judgment action filed by a trustee seeking to determine the effect of an in terrorem clause in an express trust. At issue was whether appeals that involved the proper interpretation o...

Chance v. State  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0684

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant and his co-indictee were separately tried for the malice and felony murder of the victim and for other offenses. Defendant subsequently appealed the denial of his amended motion for a new trial after he was con...

Breedlove v. State  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0885

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with a shooting death of the victim. Defendant appealed, asserting, inter alia, that the trial court er...

Jones-Shaw v. Shaw  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12F0797

Justia Opinion Summary: The court granted wife's application for discretionary appeal from the final judgment and decree of divorce. At issue was the equitable division of a closely-held non-profit corporation. The court concluded that the supe...

MCI Communications Services v. CMES, Inc.  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12Q0941

Justia Opinion Summary: MCI sued CMES on theories of negligence and trespass, and sought damages consisting of the costs to repair a severed cable, compensation for the loss of use of the cable during the time it took to repair it, and punitive...

IN THE MATTER OF JOHN FLOYD WOODHAM
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0425
IN THE MATTER OF TED H. REED
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1337
IN THE MATTER OF STEVEN HYMAN HURWITZ
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1412
IN THE MATTER OF JOHN LEE SCOTT
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1468
Appleton v. Alcorn, et al.  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1145

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee, as executrix of the estate of her father, and her sister, brought a breach of contract action in which they asserted that their father's second wife, appellant, contractually waived her right to retain the proc...

Greene Cty. Sch. Dist. v. Circle Y Construction, Inc.  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1170

Justia Opinion Summary: Circle Y filed a complaint alleging, among other things, breach of contract when the school district terminated a construction management services contract with Circle Y. The trial court denied the school district's moti...

Mayor & Alderman of the City of Savannah v. Batson-Cook Co., et al.  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1814

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of a contractual dispute between the city and its contractor and sub-contractor concerning the design and construction of an underground parking garage. At issue was whether the city's petition for a...

Walden v. State  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0014

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to felony murder in connection with the arson that caused his stepfather's death. Defendant subsequently filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea, which the trial court denied. The court found tha...

Flowers v. State  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0155

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his convictions for murder and for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The court held that the trial court did not err when it denied defendant's motion for a new trial where the...

West Hamryka, et al. v. City of Dawsonville, et al.  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Numbers: S12A0215, S12A0217, S12A0218

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants, owners of a tract of real property in Dawson County, filed a nine-count complaint against appellees challenging a rezoning decision in superior court. The superior court granted summary judgment to appellees...

Ellis v. Johnson, et al.  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0315

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed from the probate court's ruling that OCGA 15-9-120(2) was not a special law in violation of Article III, Section VI, Paragraph IV(a) of the 1983 Georgia Constitution. The court held that OCGA 15-9-120(...

Rucker v. State  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0495

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his convictions for two counts of malice murder in connection with the fatal shootings of two victims, one count of kidnapping with bodily injury as the result of the abduction and rape of a third vict...

Whitaker v. State  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0640

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty of felony murder and cruelty to children. The trial court entered judgment of conviction for the felony murder and sentenced defendant to life imprisonment. The cruelty to children charge merge...

Bailey v. State  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0671

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his convictions for malice murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with the fatal shooting of two victims. Defendant chall...

Sharpe v. State  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0677

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of malice murder in connection with the deaths of two victims. Defendant's amended motion for new trial was denied and defendant subsequently appealed. The court held that the evidence was suffici...

Glover v. State  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0682

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the denial of his motion for a new trial after he was found guilty of malice murder. Defendant contended that the trial court erroneously failed to conduct a hearing on his notice of intent to introduc...

Scott v. State  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0764

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with a shooting death. On appeal, defendant contended that the trial court erred by...

Mohwish v. Franklin., et al.  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0851

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed a pro se complaint for a preliminary injunction and other relief, seeking, among other things the return of the records that the Rossville Police had seized during a search, claiming that he needed the re...

Gilbert v. Pridgen, et al  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0869

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed from an order denying a filing of a petition for writ of mandamus. Appellant sought to file a petition for mandamus to compel judges of the court to dismiss his citation for speeding, to recuse one of...

Hill v. State  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0948

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the denial of his motion for a new trial after he was found guilty of, among other things, felony murder. The court held that defendant's objection that the State did not move for correction of the rec...

Pennington v. Pennington  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12F0539

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband and wife were divorced pursuant to a final judgment and decree entered after wife failed to appear for a scheduled final hearing to determine child custody. After the trial court denied wife's motions to set asid...

Royal Capital Dev., LLC v. Maryland Casualty Co.  
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12Q0209

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of appeals asked the court to answer a question that stemmed from a dispute over the proper interpretation under Georgia law of a contract insuring real property. The primary issue presented was w...

IN THE MATTER OF DOCK H. DAVIS
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0997
IN THE MATTER OF JEFFERSON LEE ADAMS
Date: May 29, 2012
Docket Numbers: S12Y1117, S12Y1118, S12Y1119
Jones v. State  
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1054

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of driving under the influence. At issue was whether the Court of Appeals erred in upholding the trial court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress and his request for a subpoena. Because the...

Jordan v. Moses  
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1772

Justia Opinion Summary: Attorneys Jordan and Moses formed a two-member partnership in 2003 for an indefinite term and in 2006, Jordan communicated to Moses that he was contemplating ending the relationship, and later that month, stated that he...

Padidham v. State  
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1808

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after being stopped for a traffic violation. The court granted a writ of certiorari to determine when the results of a state-administered Intoxilyzer 50...

Disharoon v. State; McIntyre v. State  
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Numbers: S11G1880, S11G1881

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Disharoon and his girlfriend, Defendant McIntyre, were convicted on several charges involving sex with a minor. At issue was whether the Court of Appeals erred in holding that no violation of the Confrontation...

MCINTYRE v. THE STATE
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1881
IN THE MATTER OF KENNETH ANDREW GLENN
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S11Y1797
IN THE MATTER OF ROBERT E. BACH
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Numbers: S11Y1961, S11Y1962, S11Y1963, S11Y1964, S11Y1965, S11Y1966, S11Y1967, S11Y1968
Dunlap v. State  
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0032

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction of felony murder. The court held that the trial court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress his custody statements to the authorities was not erroneous where his questions regarding...

Jackson v. State  
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0047

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction of malice murder in connection with the beating death of the victim. Because the evidence was sufficient to support the murder conviction and the trial court did not abuse its discretion...

Jett v. Jett  
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0075

Justia Opinion Summary: The court granted the application for discretionary appeal of husband from the trial court's order on a petition for contempt in a divorce case. The court held that there was no abuse of discretion in the trial court's f...

Westbrook v. State  
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0081

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed from his conviction of malice murder. The court held that the district court did not err in overruling defense counsel's objection to certain testimony based on improper bolstering where the testimony...

HUGHES v. THE STATE
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0136
Cook v. Board of Registrars of Randolph County  
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0140

Justia Opinion Summary: Henry Cook appealed the trial court's ruling that he was not a resident of Randolph County and therefore not an elector qualified to vote in that county. The court granted Cook's application for discretionary appeal and...

Scherer v. Testino  
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0222

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband filed a motion for contempt against his former wife, for closing a business checking account in violation of the parties' 2008 divorce decree. The trial court found wife in criminal and civil contempt for interfe...

MCRAE v. PADGETT, JUDGE et al
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0494
Sotter v. Stephens; White, et al. v. Stephens  
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Numbers: S12A0519, S12A0520

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a trust dispute where appellants subsequently filed a petition for writ of mandamus to compel Judge Stephens to allow them to appeal from an order dismissing their appeal. The court held that appella...

Rockholt v. State  
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0638

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Defendant appealed after the denial of a motion for a new trial. The court held that the evidence was sufficient...

Harris v. State  
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0698

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of and sentenced for felony murder predicated on the underlying felony of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection...

IN THE MATTER OF SCOTT M. HERRMANN
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0365
IN THE MATTER OF A. LEE HAYES
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0767
IN THE MATTER OF MICHAEL L. TERRELL
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0818
IN THE MATTER OF SCOTT CHANDLER HUGGINS
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1014
IN THE MATTER OF AMJAD MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1025
IN THE MATTER OF NERRYLLE MANNING-WALLACE
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1045
IN THE MATTER OF CHARLES MATTHEW HUTT
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y1087
IN THE MATTER OF BERYL B. FARRIS
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Numbers: S12Y1163, S12Y1164
Crisler et al. v. Haugabook et al.  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S11G0907

Justia Opinion Summary: The court granted a writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals and addressed the issue of whether a party must make a prayer for prejudgment interest under OCGA 7-4-15 and, if so, whether it could be made without leave o...

Brown v. State  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1082

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted for aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, child molestation, and felony sexual battery. At issue was whether a criminal suspect who was told by police officers that he would be able to r...

IN THE MATTER OF JERRY BOYKIN
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S11Y1742
Kendrick v. State  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0009

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, contending, among other things, that the trial court incorrectly charged the jury an...

Pina v. Pina  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0156

Justia Opinion Summary: Wife and husband were married in 1998 and wife filed a complaint for divorce in 2008. The parties resolved all issues by agreement except the disposition of certain real property which was purchased by wife prior to the...

Muhammad v. State  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0180

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and tampering with evidence. Defendant contended that the evidence was insufficient to support the verdict and the trial court erred...

Scott v. State  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0193

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his convictions for malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the fatal shooting of the victim. Defendant challenged his conviction on multiple grou...

Viskup v. Viskup  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0276

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, mother filed a petition for modification of custody and child support. After denying father's motion to dismiss for lack of venue, the trial court granted temporary physical custody of the child to mother in 200...

Ennis v. Ennis  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0277

Justia Opinion Summary: The court granted wife's application for interlocutory appeal to determine whether the trial court erred by denying her motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. Finding that the wife did not have sufficient "...

Manzano v. State  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0280

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of felony murder and acquitted of malice murder in connection with the shooting death of the victim. On appeal, defendant contended that the evidence at trial was insufficient to support the jury'...

McNaughton v. State  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0322

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of the malice murder and aggravated assault of his wife and sentenced to life in prison. Defendant appealed the denial of his motion for a new trial, asserting that the trial court erred by admitt...

Martin v. State  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0327

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. The court rejected defendant's claims that trial counsel rendered ineffective assistanc...

Graham v. Graham  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0367

Justia Opinion Summary: Wife and husband were married in 1997 and wife filed a petition for divorce in 2010. At issue was whether the marital residence was subject to equitable division. The trial court found that the marital residence was wife...

Ortiz v. State  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0433

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of two counts of murder and related crimes in connection with the shooting deaths of two victims. Defendant appealed the denial of his motion for a new trial, alleging reversible error in certain...

White v. State  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0440

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for felony murder with the underlying felony being aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony. Since it was not necessary in this case to instruct the...

Reed v. State  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0443

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted for the malice murder of the victim, an alternative count of felony murder during the commission of aggravated assault, and the aggravated assault and battery of the victim's sister. After a jury t...

THOMAS v. THE STATE
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0528
Williams v. State  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0594

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to all crimes charged related to the attempted armed robbery and murder of the victim in the victim's restaurant. The court held that the trial court did not violate defendant's due process rights b...

Jackson v. State  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0623

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for malice murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, contending that a co-defendant's statement was introduced into evidence in violation...

Jackson v. State  
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0784

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of felony murder and other related offenses in connection with the shooting death of the victim. On appeal, defendant claimed that the trial court erred in denying his Batson challenge to the Stat...

IN THE MATTER OF MARCEA O'BRIEN-CARRIMAN
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0731
IN THE MATTER OF XAVIER CORNELL DICKS
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0769
IN THE MATTER OF BRENDEN E. MILLER
Date: April 24, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0840
Great American Dream, Inc., d/b/a Pin Ups Nightclub v. DeKalb County, et al.  
Date: March 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1375

Justia Opinion Summary: Pin Ups, an adult entertainment business, brought this appeal from an order of the trial court denying its petition for an interlocutory injunction against the Board's "Hours of sale and operation" ordinances. As Pin Ups...

Haffner v. Davis, et al  
Date: March 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1451

Justia Opinion Summary: Micah L. Haffner filed this action to quiet title to a parcel of land in Haralson County that he claimed to have purchased from his mother's estate. The trial court granted summary judgment to James and Regina Davis and...

Moore v. State  
Date: March 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1503

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for malice murder in connection with the death of a 63-year-old victim. Although the court concluded that the evidence was sufficient to support defendant's conviction, the trial court e...

Davis v. State  
Date: March 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1776

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction of felony murder predicated on a drug transaction and attempted violation of the state's controlled substances act. The court held that the trial court was authorized to instruct the jur...

Wheeler v. State  
Date: March 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1838

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a 73-year-old, appealed his conviction of malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault in connection with the death of his elderly and wheelchair-bound ex-girlfriend. The court held that the evidence w...

THE STATE v. DEMPSEY
Date: March 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1875
Smith v. State  
Date: March 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1903

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty, among other things, of malice murder and attempting to elude a police officer in connection with a shooting death during a failed drug deal and a subsequent high-speed chase involving five pol...

Curran v. Scharpf  
Date: March 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11F1976

Justia Opinion Summary: Wife contended that the trial court erred in upholding in a final decree of divorce the jury's allegedly erroneous finding than an IRA in husband's name was husband's separate property that was not subject to equitable d...

McReynolds v. Krebs  
Date: March 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11G0638

Justia Opinion Summary: Lisa Krebs sued Carmen McReynolds and GM for serious injuries she received when McReynold's car struck the GM vehicle in which Krebs was a passenger. McReynolds subsequently appealed the trial court's rulings. The court...

Hawkins v. State  
Date: March 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11G0644

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from the arrest of defendant for various crimes, including an attempted violation of the state's controlled substances act following an exchange of telephone messages between defendant and law enforcement...

State v. Dempsey; Dempsey v. State  
Date: March 23, 2012
Docket Numbers: S11A1875, S11X1876

Justia Opinion Summary: Lewis Dempsey admitted to shooting Dillard Jewell Crane but claimed self-defense. In Case No. S11A1875, the State appealed the trial court's order granting Dempsey's motion to quash indictment number 10-CR-003-DB (second...

Morgan v. State  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1386

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted and sentenced for the 1993 felony murder of the victim. On appeal, defendant contended that the trial court improperly curtailed the jury's consideration of a voluntary manslaughter conviction as...

Adel v. State  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1397

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty of malice murder for killing his roommate and theft by taking his car. Defendant appealed. The court held that the evidence was sufficient to enable a rational trier of fact to find defendant g...

Cox v. Howerton  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1411

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal returned to the court following its grant in 2010 of defendant's pro se application for a certificate of probable cause and its remand of the case to the habeas court with direction "to analyze and make appro...

Walker v. State  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1449

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant challenged the trial court's denial of her motion for discharge and acquittal under the speedy trial statute for capital cases, OCGA 17-7-171. At issue was whether, following defendant's demand for a speedy tri...

Roberts, et al. v. Deal, et al.  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1515

Justia Opinion Summary: Local residents filed a complaint with the governor against appellants, who were elected members of the WCBE, alleging that they had violated OCGA 45-10-3. Appellants subsequently appealed the order of the superior court...

State v. Cafee  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1529

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of malice murder, kidnapping, and other charges arising out of the shooting death of the victim. After the trial court granted defendant's motion for a new trial, he filed a plea in bar contending...

Barker v. Barrow  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1609

Justia Opinion Summary: The court granted defendant a certificate of probable cause to appeal an order of the Superior Court denying his application for a writ of habeas corpus in order to consider whether the habeas court erred in concluding t...

Allen, et al. v. Sea Gardens Seafood, Inc.  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1912

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Sea Gardens petitioned under OCGA 23-3-60 to quiet title to waterfront property in McIntosh County. Appellants appealed from the trial court's entry of a consent judgment purporting to resolve their ongoing disp...

Clay v. State  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1956

Justia Opinion Summary: This is an interim appellate review of a case in which the State sought the death penalty. Defendant had been indicted for malice murder and false imprisonment. The court granted defendant's application for interim revie...

Shank v. State  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1973

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his 1996 convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the bludgeoning death of the victim. The court held that the trial court did not plainly err in considering the jury's request...

Seiz Joint Venture, LLC v. Seiz  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S11F1840

Justia Opinion Summary: In divorce proceedings, wife added husband's company, SJV, as a party to the proceedings. SJV filed an application to appeal, which the court granted pursuant to the now-expired Pilot Project, by which the court granted...

Gresham-Green v. Mainones  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S11F1955

Justia Opinion Summary: Wife and husband divorced and in the final order, the trial court awarded primary custody of the parties' children to husband and ordered wife to pay child support. The court granted wife's application to appeal pursuant...

Tampa Investment Group, Inc., et al. v. Branch Banking and Trust Co., Inc.; Legacy Communities Group, Inc., et al. v. Branch Banking and Trust Co., Inc.  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Numbers: S11G1728, S11G1729

Justia Opinion Summary: BB&T brought suit against Borrowers and Guarantors for more than $19 million then due under certain promissory notes at issue. The promissory notes were executed as a result of BB&T's issuance of 16 loans for residential...

IN THE MATTER OF WILLIAM M. PETERSON
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Numbers: S11Y0423, S11Y0424
East Georgia Land and Development Co., LLC v. Newton County, et al.  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0114

Justia Opinion Summary: EGL purchased 427 acres of land in Newton County, Georgia, for the purpose of constructing a landfill and the Board declined to issue a letter of zoning compliance based on its interpretation that a landfill was not a pe...

Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County v. Stiles Apartment, Inc.  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0304

Justia Opinion Summary: Stiles Apartment filed suit asserting ownership over a parking area and sought interlocutory and permanent injunctive relief to prohibit ACC from exercising any control over the parking area. ACC counterclaimed for decla...

SMITH v. THE STATE
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0380
Allen v. State  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0459

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted for the malice murder of the victim and other related crimes and was sentenced to life in prison. The trial court denied his motion for a new trial and he appealed. The court held that defense cou...

IN THE MATTER OF GARY MIXON WISENBAKER
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0932
Giles, et al. v. Swimmer, et al.  
Date: March 5, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1371

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved an underlying action for quiet title and came to the court from the trial court's grant of appellee BB&T's motion for summary judgment. The court could not sustain appellants' allegation that the trial...

Ridley v. State  
Date: March 5, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1416

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of malice murder, felony murder predicated on aggravated sodomy, felony murder predicated on aggravated assault, and aggravated sodomy, all with regard to the murder of the victim. Defendant appea...

Thomas v. State  
Date: March 5, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1686

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant challenged his convictions of numerous crimes, including malice murder, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, committed at two different convenience stores in Athens, Georgia, on the same night. The court held...

Goodson, et al. v. Ford, et al.  
Date: March 5, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1740

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal involved three adjacent properties in rural Lee County owned by the Goodsons, the Ellers, and the Fords. All three properties descended from a common owner who recorded, but later withdrew, a subdivision plat...

Doe v. State  
Date: March 5, 2012
Docket Number: S11G0335

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted for "Falsely Uttering a State Lottery Ticket" where defendant was accused of taking approximately 65 scratch-off tickets. Defendant stole the lottery tickets by leaning over a store counter and te...

Jones v. State  
Date: March 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0040

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of the aggravated assault of the victim and the kidnapping of her six-year-old and 18-month-old daughters. Defendant appealed. The court concluded that the evidence was sufficient to enable a rati...

IN THE MATTER OF CREIGHTON W. SOSSOMON
Date: March 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0573
IN THE MATTER OF JAMES SWAIN
Date: March 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0754
IN THE MATTER OF PAUL OWEN FARR
Date: March 5, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0810
Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp. et al. v. Shelton et al.  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1468

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal involved a title to a house and lot in a residential subdivision in Forsyth County. The trial court granted plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and defendants appealed. The court held that the trial court...

Edge v. Edge  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1532

Justia Opinion Summary: Wife appealed the trial court's order setting aside its final order based solely on the mistake of Husband's attorney pursuant to OCGA 9-11-60(d)(2). As an initial matter, the court held that this case did present a chil...

Armour v. State  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1614

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant challenged his convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of the victim. On appeal, defendant contended that trial counsel was deficient in failing to seek suppression...

Owens et al. v. City of Greenville, et al.  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1645

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnnie Owens, acting City Clerk, and Darryl Williams, the acting Chief of Police, sued the City and the Mayor, in both is official and individual capacities, for wrongful termination and concomitant damages. The trial c...

James v. Intown Ventures, LLC.  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1705

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed from the trial court's order granting partial summary judgment in favor of appellee on its claim for ejectment. Appellant contended that the trial court erred by granting summary judgment because the e...

Maxwell v. State  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1755

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of shooting and killing one victim, shooting and wounding the victim's girlfriend, and then driving away in the car that the victim was driving. On appeal, defendant alleged that his trial counsel...

Jones v. State  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1829

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant challenged his convictions for malice murder and other offenses stemming from the shooting death of the victim. The court held that the record supported the trial court's ruling that the State did not act in ba...

Newkirk v. State  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1850

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of felony murder, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with a shooting death. On appeal, defendant contended that his trial counsel provided in...

Davis v. State  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1883

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of felony murder and subsequently appealed the denial of his motion for a new trial. Defendant contended that his trial counsel rendered constitutionally ineffective assistance when (a) counsel fa...

Phan v. State  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1909

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted for murdering his wife and two-year-old son "execution style" by gunshots to the back of the head. Defendant's wife, after waking up from a seven-week coma, left for Vietnam, her family's native c...

Foster v. State  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1910

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of felony murder, with conspiracy to commit robbery as the underlying felony. On appeal, defendant contended, among other things, that the trial judge violated OCGA 17-8-57 when the trial judge ga...

Cheddersingh v. State  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1929

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for malice murder, as well as aggravated assault, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The court ag...

Arrington v. Collins  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1958

Justia Opinion Summary: The warden appealed from the grant of defendant's application for writ of habeas corpus. The habeas court granted the writ after finding that defendant's appellate counsel rendered ineffective assistance. The court held...

Alvelo v. State  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1979

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of malice murder of one victim, the aggravated assaults and false imprisonments of two other victims, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, and concealing a death. Defendant appe...

Ellis v. Ellis  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11F1506

Justia Opinion Summary: Wife appealed the Final Order in her divorce action against Husband on the grounds that the trial court improperly calculated Husband's self-employment income and refused to consider the minor child's cheerleading expens...

Brogdon v. Brogdon  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11F1975

Justia Opinion Summary: In an action for divorce and child support, the court granted this application for discretionary appeal under Supreme Court Rule 34(4). The court held that the final support order issued by the trial court included a spe...

Crowe v. Elder  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1069

Justia Opinion Summary: The court granted certiorari to the Court of Appeals to consider whether that court erred in determining that the doctrine of res judicata barred plaintiff's "complaint for breach of contract" in this litigation involvin...

GA Dept. of Community Health, et al. v. GA Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1201

Justia Opinion Summary: GSASC filed a complaint against appellants for declaratory judgment and injunctive relief. GSASC requested a declaration that a 2009 annual survey issued by DCH to single-specialty, physician-owned ASCs sought informatio...

Chapman v. State  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0012

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction and sentence for felony murder while in the commission of arson in connection with the death of the victim. On appeal, defendant claimed that he was denied effective assistance of counse...

Tate v. Howerton  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0087

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a non-negotiated plea to three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of arson, two counts of aggravated stalking, and one count each of burglary, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, crim...

Sanders v. State  
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0255

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of felony murder, armed robbery, and other related offenses in connection with the vehicular death of one victim and the armed robbery of three other victims. On appeal, defendant claimed, inter a...

402. IN THE MATTER OF JOAN PALMER DAVIS
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0401
IN THE MATTER OF SEARCY DONALD MCCLURE, III
Date: February 27, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0768
Collier v. State  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1306

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to trafficking in cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and tampering with evidence. The habeas court subsequently denied relief. With respect to all of defendant's claims besi...

Murphy v. State  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1358

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of malice murder, felony murder, and cruelty to children arising out of the death of a 15-month-old. Defendant appealed the denial of his motion for a new trial alleging that the trial court commi...

Williams v. State  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1431

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant and co-defendant were convicted of felony murder, aggravated assault, and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Defendant was separately convicted of theft by receiving a Toyo...

Robins, et al. v. Supermarket Equipment Sales, LLC; Smith v. Supermarket Equipment Sales  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Numbers: S11A1435, S11A1583

Justia Opinion Summary: SES is a company that makes and supplies outer components or "skins" for grocery store refrigeration units. SES was formed in 2009 when its immediate predecessor, SER, was foreclosed by its bank. SES subsequently sued ap...

Walker v. State  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1492

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his convictions for malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, and cruelty to children in the third degree, contending that the trial cour...

Robinson, et al. v. Gwinnett County, et al.  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1533

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2002, Holders purchased from Brenda Ruth Pruitt Griffin a 70-acre tract of land in Gwinnett County. As part of the consideration for the purchase, Griffin was to grant Holders a right of first refusal to acquire...

Duvall v. State  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1541

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for felony murder and firearm possession in connection with a shooting death of an unarmed victim. The court held that defendant's claims, that the trial court abused its discretion in f...

Washington, et al. v. Brown, et al  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1551

Justia Opinion Summary: Joseph Washington and his wife field a quiet title action to establish that they had legal title to some disputed land. Joan Brown, Washington's sister, counterclaimed with her own quiet title action, seeking to establis...

Hatley v. State  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1617

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, and two counts of sexual battery against a person under sixteen. On appeal, defendant asserted, inter alia, the "Child Hearsay Statute," OCGA 24...

Neal v. State  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1663

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of the malice murder of his fiancee and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Defendant appealed the denial of his motion for a new trial. The court concluded that the evidence was sufficient to ena...

Boyd, et al. v. JohnGalt Holdings, LLC, et al.  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1689

Justia Opinion Summary: The Boyds sued JohnGalt for trespass and ejectment over a disputed piece of property that JohnGalt purported to gain ownership of. JohnGalt counterclaimed for trespass and conversion, and to quiet title. Following the tr...

Dukes v. State  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1775

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault. On appeal, defendant contended that the district court erred by admitting certain evidence and by giving an improper jury instruction. The court h...

Mitchell v. State  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1899

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant and co-defendant were convicted of felony murder, aggravated assault, and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Defendant appealed his conviction. The court held that "merely...

Hill v. State  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1914

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted for malice murder, an alternative count of felony murder during the commission of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felony, and a separate count charging the underlying...

Ingram v. State  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1917

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted for felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony. Defendant was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder count and five years to...

Collins v. State  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1946

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his murder conviction, contending, inter alia, that the trial court abused its discretion in finding that the state adequately established the chain of custody for the victim's blood sample that was la...

Final Exit Network, Inc. et al. v. State  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1960

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants were indicted by a grand jury on charges of, inter alia, offering to assist and assisting in the commission of suicide in violation of OCGA 16-5-5(b). At issue was whether OCGA 16-5-5(b) was constitutional und...

Walker v. Hagins  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1970

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison. The habeas court subsequently found that defendant's appellate counsel had been deficient for failing to ensure the transcript of the...

Gibson v. State  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1972

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, pro se, appealed from the trial court's denial of his motion for out-of-time appeal. In 1984, defendant pled guilty to one count of murder in a negotiated plea deal in which the State agreed to withdraw its in...

Hammond v. Hammond  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11F1978

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce case, wife asserted, inter alia, that the trial court erred in calculating wife's interest in husband's pension and in ordering husband to pay wife alimony in the amount of $1,250 per month once husband's...

Gutierrez, et al. v. Holder, Jr.  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11G0344

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted in superior court for armed robbery and other offenses even though he was 16 years old at the time of the alleged crimes. Defendant moved to transfer the case to juvenile court. Although the superi...

Cardinale v. City of Atlanta, et al.  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1047

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, pro se, brought an action in the trial court against the City, the City Council, and the City's Municipal Clerk (appellees) alleging violations of Georgia's Open Meetings Act, OCGA 50-14-1 et seq. Appellant al...

State v. Prescott  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S11G1407

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of child molestation based on an incident that occurred in a restroom at Screven County High School. During trial, the State failed to introduce any direct evidence that the crime occurred in Scre...

IN THE MATTER OF VALERIE BROWN-WILLIAMS
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0310
Milinavicius v. State  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1281

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of charges related to the murder of two of defendant's employees. The court held that the trial court did not clearly err in admitting defendant's in-custody statements; defendant's complaint, tha...

Bagwell v. Bagwell  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1316

Justia Opinion Summary: The court granted Wife's application for interlocutory appeal to determine whether the superior court erred in denying her motion to dismiss her ex-Husband's petition to modify child support. The court held that it was e...

Johnson v. State  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1327

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was sentenced to life in prison for malice murder and the trial court entered an order of nolle prosequi on the remaining counts of the indictment. Defendant subsequently appealed from the trial court's denial...

Johnson v. State  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1479

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for malice murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a felony in connection with the fatal shooting of one victim and the wounding of anot...

Grossi Consulting, LLC, et al. v. Sterling Currency Group, LLC  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1550

Justia Opinion Summary: Sterling, a limited liability corporation engaged in the business of importing and selling Iraqi currency, hired Grossi, a company that specialized in web-based marketing strategies, in an effort to create an internet-ba...

Mutazz v. State  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1611

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of malice and felony murder, as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. A motion for new trial was denied and defendant appealed. The court held that the trial court did...

Young v. State  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1679

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his sentence and conviction involving murder, burglary, and related offenses. The court held that the trial court did not err by excusing potential jurors; convictions for eight of the alleged offenses...

Rogers v. State  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1709

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of the malice and felony murders of two victims. The felony murder verdicts were vacated by operation of law. The trial court entered judgments of conviction on the malice murder verdicts and impo...

Butler v. State  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1827

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant and co-defendant were found guilty of malice murder and armed robbery, as well as related crimes. The court held that the trial court did not err in denying defendant's motion to sever the parties and in denyin...

Williams v. State  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1835

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of, inter alia, malice murder of his pregnant girlfriend and her sister. Defendant's motion for a new trial was denied and he appealed. The court held that, viewed in context, defendant's statemen...

Davis v. State  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1865

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted for murder of smothering his wife to death and sentenced to life imprisonment. Defendant appealed after the denial of a motion for a new trial. The court held that the jury was authorized to find...

Butler v. State  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1904

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed from the denial of his motion for a new trial following his conviction for malice murder and other related crimes. The court held that defendant did not preserve his claim that the trial court erred by...

Smith v. State; Mack v. State  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Numbers: S11A1934, S11A1935

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants, Thomasina Beverly Mack and Demario Steven Smith, were convicted of the malice murder of Mack's 30 month old child, who died as a result of blunt-force head trauma and strangulation. The court held that the tr...

Mason v. Phillips  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1951

Justia Opinion Summary: William J. Mason appealed the probate court's order denying his petition to probate the will of Frances E. Hobbs. At issue was whether the petitioner proved that the will was properly executed or that the signature to th...

DeFoor v. DeFoor  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1977

Justia Opinion Summary: Larry DeFoor petitioned to establish title against all the world on a piece of property in Ellijay, Georgia. Appellants, certain descendants of Millie DeFoor, the record title holder, answered the petition and denied its...

IN THE MATTER OF DONALD JERRY STEIN
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S11Z1165
WILKINSON v. THE STATE
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0025
IN THE MATTER OF LAGRANT ANTHONY
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0221
IN THE MATTER OF MATTHEW MARVIN WATHEN
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0445
IN THE MATTER OF MILES LAMAR GAMMAGE
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0464
Young v. State  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1296

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of felony murder and other offenses in connection with the death of the victim. On appeal, defended asserted, inter alia, that the prosecution withheld exculpatory evidence in violation of Brady v...

THOMAS v. OFFICE OF THE FULTON COUNTY ATTORNEY et al
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1298
Prine v. Blanton, et al.  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1315

Justia Opinion Summary: Prine filed a caveat challenging the validity of her father's will on the grounds that he lacked testamentary capacity and was operating under undue influence. The probate court ordered the probate of the will in solemn...

Jeffers v. State  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1364

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of malice murder and other related offenses in connection with the stabbing of one victim and the aggravated assault of another. On appeal, defendant challenged certain evidentiary rulings of the...

ARPAD v. EASTOVER WATERWORKS, LLC et al
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1369
DRST Holdings, Ltd. v. Brown  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1401

Justia Opinion Summary: DRST Holdings filed a petition for money rule nisi and mandamus against Sheriff Brown demanding payment of excess funds where Sheriff Brown had determined that the redemption of certain property by DRST Holdings was unau...

Sanders v. State  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1406

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of murder in the drive-by shooting of the victim. Defendant contended that he did not receive a fair trial because the trial court restricted his cross-examination of an eyewitness and the prosecu...

Duncan v. Frazier  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1409

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the habeas court's denial of his motion to transfer his habeas action. Defendant sought transfer of his habeas petition to the superior court of the county to which he had been transferred after proper...

Wilkie v. State  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1463

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted for malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault after the victim was fatally shot with a crossbow. Defendant subsequently filed a motion for discharge and acquittal and plea in bar, allegi...

Brown v. State  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1469

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered negotiated pleas of guilty to charges of murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Defendant appealed from the trial court's denial of his out-of-time appeal. The court held that defendan...

Farris v. State  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1485

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted and sentenced for malice murder and armed robbery, assault of the victim with intent to rob, the aggravated assault of the victim by shooting him with a deadly weapon, and for being in possession...

Board of Commissioners of Miller County, et al. v. Callan, et al.  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1502

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs brought suit against the Board, alleging that sections 2 and 3 of Ordinance No. 10-01, amending two sections of the Local Act, Ga. L. 1983, p. 4594 (sections 10 and 14), were unconstitutional and sought declar...

CAMERON v. THE STATE
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1516
Parker v. Kelley  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1537

Justia Opinion Summary: Testatrix had four predeceased siblings, and Propounder and Caveator were two of five nieces and nephews who were Testatrix's heirs at law. Caveator appealed the probate court's order holding that Propounder carried her...

WORD v. STIDHAM et al
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1656
Fullwood v. State  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1725

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed an order denying his petition for writ of habeas corpus, challenging his 1988 guilty plea to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. At issue was whether the habeas court erred in holding that...

Ellis et al. v. Caldwell  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1748

Justia Opinion Summary: The County appealed from the grant of a writ of mandamus ordering it to reinstate appellee to his former position as a fire captain and awarding him back pay and costs of litigation. The court held that because appellee...

Vasquez v. State  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1862

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant challenged his guilty plea to two counts of malice murder. The court affirmed where the trial court found that defendant fully understood the terms of the negotiated agreement, including that he would be senten...

Carruth v. State  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1886

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of malice murder and other related offenses in connection with the stabbing death of one victim and the aggravated stalking of another. Defendant appealed. The court held that defendant failed to...

Branham v. Branham  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1896

Justia Opinion Summary: Wife appealed the trial court's orders subsequent to a divorce decree, contending that the trial court erred by retroactively reducing husband's alimony obligation and by failing to grant wife attorney fees. The court he...

Vaughn v. Davis  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1950

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose after a divorce decree between Husband and Wife. After a hearing, the trial court entered a final order granting primary physical custody of the children to Husband and visitation to Wife. Thereafter, Wif...

HAGAN v. THE STATE
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11A1971
Shaw v. Shaw  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11F1586

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband appealed a trial court's issuance of a final divorce judgment and decree that divided some unimproved real property in Florida and two Morgan Stanley funds equally between the parties and made no disposition of t...

Finklea v. Finklea  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11F1804

Justia Opinion Summary: Wife appealed a final judgment of divorce, contending that, in awarding primary physical custody of the parties' two children to husband, the trial court abused its discretion in failing to consider evidence of alleged f...

Johnson v. Johnson  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11F1856

Justia Opinion Summary: Father and Mother's judgment of divorce incorporated by reference a parenting plan and custody order that gave Mother primary physical custody of the parties' daughter, with Father awarded visitation that required superv...

Kunz, et al. v. Bailey, et al.  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11G0867

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants are the biological paternal grandparents of a child born to appellee and appellants' son. After Douglas Bailey married the child's mother, he adopted the child in 2006 when appellants' son terminated his paren...

IN RE: FORMAL ADVISORY OPINION NO. 10-2
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11U0730
IN THE MATTER OF JAMES B. JOHNSON, JR
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S11Y1433
Pridgett v. State  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S12A0097

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of malice murder of one victim and aggravated assault of three other victims. Defendant was also convicted of armed robbery of each of the four victims and possession of a firearm during the commi...

IN THE MATTER OF JOSEPH A. MACCIONE
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0103
IN THE MATTER OF KOTA CHALFANT SUTTLE
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0125
IN THE MATTER OF PAUL LAWRENCE ERICKSON
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0211
IN THE MATTER OF JOHN STEPHEN OLCZAK
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0220
IN THE MATTER OF JAMES MICHAEL GREEN
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0330
IN THE MATTER OF PARMESH N. DIXIT
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S12Y0379
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