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Recent opinions released by Georgia's Appellate courts
Richardson-Bethea v. The State, s17a1104
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/28/2017, 9/25/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
The trial court properly denied defendant's motion for new trial following her convictions for malice murder and abuse of a disabled adult arising out of the death of a woman with an intellectual disability who lived in defendant's home because, assuming without deciding that trial counsel's performance was deficient, defendant could not show a reasonable likelihood that, but for trial counsel's deficiency, the outcome of her trial would have been more favorable.
Jackson v. The State, s17a1128
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/28/2017, 9/25/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
The evidence supported defendant's convictions for murder and two related firearms charges and he failed to prove his ineffective assistance of counsel claim. 
Crump v. The State, s17a1146
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/28/2017, 9/25/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
The evidence supported defendant's convictions for murder and various other offenses and he failed to prove his ineffective assistance of counsel claim. 
Bennett v. The State, S17A1150
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/28/2017, 9/22/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
The evidence supported defendant's convictions for malice murder, multiple counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children in the first degree and aggravated battery arising from the death of his girlfriend's 9-month-old daughter.
Jackson v. The State, s17a1171
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/28/2017, 9/22/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
In defendant's trial for murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony arising after he fatally stabbed his sister, the trial court did not err in declining defendant's request to instruct the jury regarding a lesser included offense of voluntary manslaughter or an insanity defense, as the evidence did not support such charges.
Leslie v. The State, s17a1313
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/28/2017, 9/22/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
The evidence supported defendant's convictions for murder and related offenses and the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying defendant's motion for discharge and acquittal on speedy trial grounds.
Lemcon USA Corporation v. Icon Technology Consulting, Inc., s17g0141
Supreme Court of Georgia, Civil Case (8/28/2017, 9/21/2017)
CIVIL PRACTICE:
The inherent power of a Georgia court to set aside a judgment within the same term of court in which it was entered does not extend to a foreign judgment domesticated under O.C.G.A. § 9-12-130 et seq., Georgia's Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgment Law, and the Court of Appeals properly dismissed appellant's appeal from an order denying its motion to set aside a foreign judgment against it.
New v. The State, s17g1202
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/28/2017, 9/21/2017)
APPEALS:
The Court of Appeals erred in rejecting defendant's application for discretionary appeal on the basis that that he should have followed the interlocutory appeal process and the Supreme Court remanded the case to the Court of Appeals for further consideration. 
In The Matter Of Gary Lanier Coulter, s17y1431
Supreme Court of Georgia, Civil Case (8/28/2017, 9/21/2017)
LEGAL PROFESSION:
The Supreme Court rejected an attorney's petition for voluntary discipline in which he sought a public reprimand with conditions, but stated he was willing to accept a suspension of up to two years, after he violated various Rules of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct.
In The Matter Of John Dennis Duncan, s17y1532
Supreme Court of Georgia, Civil Case (8/28/2017, 9/20/2017)
LEGAL PROFESSION:
The Supreme Court accepted an attorney's petition for voluntary discipline arising out of two disciplinary matters and imposed a 6-month suspension with conditions on reinstatement.
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