Edvalson v. GeorgiaAnnotate this Case
Defendant Thomas Edvalson appealed the denial of his pretrial petition for a writ of habeas corpus. In 2013, Edvalson was indicted on four counts of sexual exploitation of children for knowingly possessing digital images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The superior court stated that it accepted that Edvalson was the author of certain internet posts, but that despite the disturbing nature of the circumstances and the court’s concern, it was going to deny the motion to revoke bond because there was no evidence that Edvalson used, or possessed in his home, any of the devices prohibited in the bond or that he violated the terms and conditions as set forth in the bond order. However, the superior court detailed additional conditions of the bond which would then be in force, and stated that the special conditions of the original bond order would also remain in effect. The gravamen of Edvalson's appeal was a challenge to the imposition of additional conditions of bond. After review, the Supreme Court found that the special conditions imposed in this case were appropriate and reasonable under the facts of this case, and therefore did not constitute an abuse of the superior court's discretion.