The Georgia Supreme Court has temporarily granted a stay of execution to a man convicted of murder, but who is mentally ill. The Court stayed the execution of Warren Hill to consider whether Georgia’s method of execution is legal. Hill would have been the first inmate to be put to death using a new method involving a single dose of pentobarbital instead of the three-drug cocktail used in the past. However, the Court refused to consider a claim that Hill cannot be executed because he is mentally ill. Hill has an IQ of 70.
The Honorable Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams began her term on the Fulton County Superior Court in January, 2009. The Fulton Superior Court is the largest trial court in the State of Georgia. Prior to her election, Judge Adams served the citizens of Fulton County as a Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Fulton County District Attorney for nearly six years where she prosecuted major felony cases, including homicides and crimes against women and children. She began her public service career in 2002 after more than three years of practice as an employment attorney with a national labor and employment boutique.
After nearly two months of public outcry over his release following the death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman has been formally charged and now released on bond in connection with the death of the 17 year-old. The case now goes from the court of public opinion to the court of criminal justice.
The Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (GACDL) recently presented a seminar showcasing some of the most prominent and skilled criminal defense trial attorneys. "Theatre on the Round" was a continuing legal education seminar for lawyers at the State Bar of Georgia building. It featured Bobby Lee Cook (left).
The Georgia Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, held that Georgia’s Child Hearsay Statute (O.C.G.A. § 24-3-16) does not comply with the requirements of the Confrontation Clause. Hatley v. State, S11A1617.
The Georgia Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision upheld a judge’s decision that an armed robbery occurred in a case where no money was taken or even moved from the cash register. Gutierrez v. State, S11G0344.
The Georgia Supreme Court reversed a defendant’s murder conviction in the death of a 15 month old child because the judge made a number of improper statements during trial praising a police officer. Murphy v. State, S11A358.