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United States of America v. Paulino Morales-Alonso

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

This appeal requires us to decide whether Georgia aggravated assault as defined by O.C.G.A § 16-5-21(a)(2) is a crime of violence under the operative version of § 2L1.2 of the Sentencing Guidelines. Defendant Paulino Morales-Alonso was convicted in 2016 of illegally reentering the United States, in violation of 8 U.S.C. §§ 1326(a) and (b)(2), after having been deported following a conviction for a... More...   $0 (01-05-2018 - GA)

Justin Hammett v. Paulding County, Georgia, City of Dallas, Georgia, Nathalie D. Whitner and JOseph Mayfield

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

On October 17, 2012, police officers Joey Horsley, Nathalie Whitener, and
Joseph Mayfield, defendants-appellees in this case, executed a search warrant at a
private residence in Hiram, Georgia, intending to seize methamphetamines
suspected to be in the possession of Brenda Van Cleve. During the execution of
the warrant, a confrontation ensued. Each of the officers fired one shot, t... More...
   $0 (12-11-2017 - GA)


Police performing a welfare check found the bodies of Andre Geddis and
his fiancée Melody Keller inside their home; someone wielding a .40 caliber
gun had shot Geddis and Melody to death. Although there was no sign of
forced entry, police suspected robbery because the victims’ cars and electronic
equipment were missing and the house was in disarray. Police recovered
seve... More...
   $0 (11-28-2017 - GA)

Justin Hammett v. Paulding County, Georgia, et al.

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

On October 17, 2012, police officers Joey Horsley, Nathalie Whitener, and
Joseph Mayfield, defendants-appellees in this case, executed a search warrant at a
private residence in Hiram, Georgia, intending to seize methamphetamines
suspected to be in the possession of Brenda Van Cleve. During the execution of
the warrant, a confrontation ensued. Each of the officers fired one shot, t... More...
   $0 (11-21-2017 - GA)

Jim Barrett v. Walker County School District

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Control the clock and control the game. Winning coaches in many sports have employed this strategy.1 And Plaintiff-Appellee Jim Barrett asserts that the lesson wasn’t lost on Defendant-Appellant Walker County School District, either. To speak at a Walker County Board of Education meeting, the District requires a member of the public to first go through a process that can consist of several steps. ... More...   $0 (10-02-2017 - GA)

United States of America v. Devonnaire Coffey

Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, GA - Ringleader of crew that broke into gun stores and stole 340 guns sentenced to ten years in prison

Devonnaire Coffey has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison. Coffey, often assisted by others he recruited, broke into 14 gun stores in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and stole 340 guns. Coffey then sold the stolen firearms out of motel rooms to willing buy... More...
   $0 (09-04-2017 - GA)

State of Georgia v. Andre Christopher Watson

Courthouse - Douglas County - Georgia

Andre Christopher Watson entered a non-negotiated guilty plea to four counts of Aggravated Assault against a Law Enforcement Officer and one count of Aggravated Assault against a civilian victim for his role in two separate shootings. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney David Emadi who recommended the court impose a sentence of 40 years with the first 20 years to be served in pr... More...   $0 (05-05-2017 - GA)


Appellant James Etheridge McGuyton, Jr., faced multiple charges,
including murder, relating to the November 22, 2012, shooting death of Kenneth
Seek, Jr. As a result of the State’s filing of a recidivist notice, appellant was
facing a mandatory sentence of life without parole if convicted. On the eve of
trial, appellant entered negotiated guilty pleas, pursuant to Alford,1 to the... More...
   $0 (11-19-2016 - GA)


Hayes claims that the evidence is legally insufficient to sustain his convictions for felony murder in the commission of an aggravated assault upon Brown, the aggravated assaults of Scott Keller and Josh Washington, and violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, OCGA § 16-15-1 et seq.2 Viewed in the light most favorable to the verdict, the evidence possession of a firearm b... More...   $0 (11-19-2016 - GA)


Around noon on Oct. 18, 2010, Marvin Evans was at home at the Wellington Court Apartments near Decatur when he heard a commotion in the apartment below. From his second-floor balcony, he saw two men near a white Chevrolet sedan. When the men realized Evans had noticed them, they jumped into the car and began to leave. Evans knew the two men who lived in the apartment below him, so he tried calling... More...   $0 (06-01-2016 - GA)

Jesse James Warren v. The State of Georgia

Jesse James Warren has been indicted on four counts of murder and many
additional charges in connection with a mass shooting at a Penske Trucking
Company location in Cobb County on January 12, 2010, in which four victims
were killed and a fifth victim was paralyzed. The State has given notice of its
intent to seek the death penalty. On March 4, 2013, Warren filed a special pleaMore...
   $0 (10-19-2015 - GA)


On April 27, 2012, a Fulton County grand jury returned a 13-count
indictment against Colvard, charging him with murder and the related crimes of
aggravated assault, theft, concealment of a death, and drug and firearms
possession in connection with the January 24, 2012 fatal shooting of Robert
Davis. On March 7, 2013, Colvard filed a motion to suppress certain physical
evidence ... More...
   $0 (10-13-2015 - GA)

Tyrone F. Barnett v. Joseph S. Hopper, Warden

Petitioner Tyrone Barnett seeks habeas corpus relief from his May 1973 Georgia state conviction for armed robbery. After Georgia courts denied him the relief sought, so did the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Finding Barnett's claim for relief to be meritorious, we reverse.

Barnett and a codefendant were charged in 1973 with armed robbery. Their... More...
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The crimes were committed on August 2, 2007. Along with Milton Blackledge, David Hayes, and Muhammed Abdus-Salaam, Nwakanma and Francis were indicted on December 21, 2007, and each was charged with malice murder, three counts of felony murder, one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, four counts of aggravated assault, one count of violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Preventi... More...   $0 (10-04-2015 - GA)


According to the facts, Patti Thornton, who was married to Richard “Shell” Thornton, III, began having an affair with Walter Booth, who was also married. She and Booth worked together driving dump trucks for a father-son trucking business. Witnesses testified that at work, Booth made statements that Shell Thornton mistreated Patti and he, Booth, would kill anyone who “messed” with her. He once ask... More...   $0 (10-04-2015 - GA)


The essential facts contained in DFA’s complaint and its attached exhibits
are these. DFA operates many duty free stores in American airports with
international terminals. DFA is one of approximately ten major operators of duty
free stores in the United States. DFA currently holds leases in thirteen
international airports located in eleven cities: New York (JFK and LaGuardia... More...
   $0 (08-09-2015 - GA)

State of Georgia v. Jamie Hood

Atlanta, GA - The State of Georgia charged Jamie Hood with first-degree murder for killing Athens-Clark County police officer Elmer "Buddy" Charistian in March 2011, killing public employee Omar Wray three months earlier and numerous other felonies.

Court docket entries:

Charge # Violation code Offense Offense Date Disposed On Disposition Method Disposition Stage Arrest Date Fel... More...
   $0 (07-21-2015 - GA)

State of Georgia v. Beverly Hall, et al.

Atlanta, GA - The State of Georgia charged Tabeeka Jordan and 9 others were charged with racketeering, making false statements, theft and false swearing. The State asserted by Beverly Hall, the 2009 recipient of the Superintendent of the Year at the American Association of School Administrators, and 34 other educators committed various felonies by cheating in various ways to make the scores made... More...   $0 (04-02-2015 - GA)

Georgia State Conference of the NAACP v. Fayette County Board of Commissioners

At the time this suit commenced, no African-American candidate had ever been elected to either the Fayette County Board of Commissioners (BOC) or the Fayette County Board of Education (BOE) in Fayette County, Georgia. The Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP, and ten individual African-American registered voters residing in Fayette County (collectively, App... More...   $0 (01-07-2015 - GA)

Mary Goodman v. Clayton County Sheriff Kemuel Kimbrough

Bruce Goodman (Goodman), a 67-year-old man suffering from dementia and prone to disorientation and confusion, was severely beaten by his cellmate while detained at the Clayton County Jail (the Jail) in the early morning hours of September 9–10, 2008. By and through his wife and next friend, Goodman filed suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the two officers charged with his supervision at the Ja... More...   $0 (06-21-2013 - GA)

Jeffrey Lee Chafin v. Lynne Hales Chafin

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Inter- national Child Abduction generally requires courts in theUnited States to order children returned to their countries of habitual residence, if the courts find that the children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in the United States. The question is whether, after a child is returnedpursuant to such an order, any appeal of the order is m... More...   $0 (02-20-2013 - GA)

Georgiacarry.org, Inc. v. The State of Georgia

In 2010, the Georgia legislature, apparently concerned that the carrying of weapons and long g 1 uns2 would likely present an unreasonable risk of harm to people who assemble in eight specific locations, enacted a statute barring the unrestricted carrying of weapons or long guns in those locations. O.C.G.A. § 16- 11-127(b) (this provision is hereinafter referred to as the “Carry Law”).3 This ... More...   $0 (07-24-2012 - GA)

Lynda Harris v. Robert Snelgrove

Lynda Harris, formerly known as Lynda H. Snelgrove (“Harris”) was granted an appeal from the superior court’s denial of her motion for new trial, as amended, following its entry of a final judgment and decree of divorce and order of custody (“decree”). The decree dissolved her seven-year marriage to Robert Snelgrove (“Snelgrove”), divided the marital property, provided for child supp... More...   $0 (11-21-2011 - GA)

Stacey Kent v. Jeffrey Kent

Appellant challenges a divorce decree and the trial court’s post-decree order denying his motion for a copy of the trial transcript. We hold that the trial court erred in denying the transcript motion, and we should not resolve the challenges to the divorce decree without the transcript. Accordingly, we reverse the transcript order and remand the case.

1. On July 15, 2009, Stacey Kent (â€... More...
   $0 (10-03-2011 - GA)

Covenant Christian Ministries, Inc. v. City of Marietta, Georgia

Covenant Christian Ministries, Inc. (“Covenant”) and its pastor, Frederick T. Anderson, brought an action against the City of Marietta, Georgia, challenging the validity of its zoning ordinance. As pertinent to this appeal, Covenant and Anderson each allege multiple claims under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”), 42 U.S.C. § 2000cc. The district court gra... More...   $0 (09-07-2011 - GA)

Dave Cummings v. Washington Mutual

This case concerns the termination of an employee, Plaintiff/Appellant Dave Cummings, in the wake of an investigation into the disappearance of approximately $58,000 from a branch of Washington Mutual Bank.1 Plaintiff asserts that Defendant unlawfully asked him to submit to a polygraph test and unlawfully failed to notify Plaintiff of his right to continue his employer-provided health insurance fo... More...   $0 (08-22-2011 - ga)

Morgan v. Morgan

Jeff Morgan (Husband), a member of the United States Navy, and his former wife, Tina (Wife), were divorced in February 2007 by a final judgment and decree that incorporated a previously executed settlement agreement between the parties. In pertinent part, the settlement agreement provided that upon the retirement of [Husband] from such military service, [Wife] shall be entitled to receive from his... More...   $0 (01-10-2011 - GA)

Maples v. Maples

Husband and wife were married in 1983. Wife filed a petition for an uncontested divorce on April 26, 2000, and the trial court signed a final decree granting a divorce on June 1. However, the decree was not filed with the clerk until August 1, 2002. In the meantime, husband and wife, believing they had already been divorced pursuant to the final decree, were married again on June 25, 2000. The par... More...   $0 (07-11-2011 - GA)

Sandra Roberts v. Jason Spielman

Plaintiff Sandra Roberts brought this suit against Defendant Jason Spielman, a deputy with the Peach County, Georgia Sheriff’s office, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that Deputy Spielman violated her right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. Deputy Spielman moved for summary judgment based on qualifie... More...   $0 (06-14-2011 - GA)

Lamar Grizzle v. Honorable Brian Kemp

In this appeal, we must determine whether the District Court erred in applying the strict scrutiny standard in reviewing the Plaintiffs’ claims under the First and Fourteenth Amendments in issuing a preliminarily injunction against the Honorable Brian Kemp, the Secretary of State of Georgia (the “Secretary of State”), in his official capacity, and the County Executive Committee of the Bartow... More...   $0 (03-08-2011 - GA)

Jane Doe, No. 1 v. Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority

The Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, is operated by the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, d/b/a Grady Health System (“Grady” or the “Hospital”). As part of its Department of Mental Health Services (“DMHS”), the Hospital maintains a Drug Dependence Unit (“DDU”). The plaintiffs in this case, identified pseudonymously as Jane Doe Nos. 1, 2, and 3, claim that while being tr... More...   $0 (12-30-2010 - GA)

World Harvest Church, Inc. v. Guideone Mutual Insurance Company

Between 1995 and 1999, Charles Richard Homa and Michael E. Gause operated an automobile title lending business which actually constituted a huge Ponzi scheme. See SEC v. Homa, 514 F3d 661, 664 (I) (A) (7th Cir. 2008). During that time, Gause donated large sums of money to World Harvest Church (Church), including a $1,000,000 wire transfer from an offshore bank account. The Securities and Exchange ... More...   $0 (05-03-2010 - GA)

Chuck Smith v. Salon Baptiste

Salon Baptiste and Cheryl Baptiste (Appellees) filed a complaint for damages against Chuck Smith and WQXI 790 AM (Appellants), based on allegedly defamatory statements made by Smith and broadcast by WQXI. Pursuant to OCGA § 9-11-68 (a), Appellants offered to settle the case for $5,000. Appellees did not respond to the offer, which was deemed a rejection under OCGA § 9-11-68 (c). The trial court ... More...   $0 (03-15-2010 - GA)

Cardinal Robotics v. Leonard Moody, et al.

This is an appeal from orders issued in relation to an action to partition real property in Fannin County. The challenge made is to the refusal to disqualify counsel and its alleged effect on the propriety of the trial court’s entry of other rulings. For the reasons which follow, we affirm.

The present action for the partition of real property followed other litigation involving claims br... More...
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Geneva Brown v. Alabama Department of Transportation

This appeal arises from a Title VII claim brought by African-American civil engineer Geneva Brown against her employer, the Alabama Department of Transportation (“the Department”). Brown claimed that the 1 Department denied her nine separate promotions on account of her race, or for retaliatory reasons, between 2000 and 2005. Following a five-day trial, a jury sitting in the Northern District ... More...   $0 (02-23-2010 - GA)

Ruby Mann v. Taser International, Inc.

This action arises out of the death of Melinda Neal Fairbanks following her arrest by deputies of the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office. The administrators of Fairbanks’ estate brought a 42 U.S.C. §1983 claim along with various state law claims against the deputies in their official and individual capacities. The administrators also asserted a state law wrongful death claim against Taser Inte... More...   $0 (12-03-2009 - GA)

World Harvest Church, Inc. v. Guideone Mutual Insurance Company

This is an insurance case raising some questions of Georgia law.

Without issuing a written reservation of rights, an insurer assumed the defense of a lawsuit for almost eleven months but stopped defending near the end of the discovery period because it decided that there was no coverage. At that point the policy holder hired its own attorneys to defend the lawsuit. About one month after the... More...
   $0 (10-30-2009 - GA)

Daisey Abdur-Rahman, et al. v. John Walker, et al.

This appeal presents the question whether reports by compliance inspectors of a water and sewer department that “owe[ their] existence” to investigative duties assigned to the inspectors are protected by the First Amendment from managerial discipline. Garcetti v. Ceballos, 547 U.S. 410, 421, 126 S. Ct. 1951, 1960 (2006). Daisy Abdur-Rahman and Ryan Petty, inspectors formerly employed by the De... More...   $0 (05-11-2009 - GA)

Jeanette C. Nicholson, Ph.D. v. James C. Shafe, et al.

This appeal calls upon us to address the scope of the Rooker-Feldman1 doctrine, which provides that “lower federal courts are precluded from exercising appellate jurisdiction over final state-court judgments.” Lance v. Dennis, 546 U.S. 459, 463 (2006). The Supreme Court has only applied the Rooker-Feldman doctrine as a bar to jurisdiction on two occasions, the first instance being Rooker and t... More...   $0 (02-18-2009 - GA)

Common Cause/Georgia, et al. v. Ms. Evon Billups, et al.

This appeal concerns whether the legitimate interest of the government of safeguarding the exercise of a civil right is outweighed by a corresponding burden of that right. Although this appeal does not involve the right to travel, e.g., United States v. Guest, 383 U.S. 745, 758, 86 S. Ct. 1170, 1178 (1966), a burden of air travel in contemporary society provides an apt comparison. Before an adult ... More...   $0 (01-14-2009 - GA)

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