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New SCOG Opinion Sets Out Rules for Voir Dire in Death Penalty Cases

Posted in News, Opinions and Analysis

A recent Georgia Supreme Court caseĀ on jury selection provides a framework for determining what a case’s subject matter is. There is a fine line between asking juror to prejudge the facts and figuring out if jurors cannot be fair. A few words about the problem in the case first. Full disclosure, I was amicus counsel… Continue Reading

When Judges Tell Juries About Appeals

Posted in Opinions and Analysis, Uncategorized

There’s an old bright line rule about whether judges should mention the appellate process to juries. The subtext is that you shouldn’t do it at all. The literal rule is that you shouldn’t do it in a way suggesting that the defendant is going to lose the trial. The Supreme Court recently reaffirmed on old… Continue Reading

A New Approach to Felony Murder and a New Template to Attack Precedent in Georgia

Posted in Opinions and Analysis, Supreme Court of Georgia

There are two big stories in the Georgia Supreme Court’s decision in Jackson v. State. The first is that the rule of causation for felony murder that had been in place for thirty years has been changed. The second is that the majority has provided a framework for any appellant to use in future cases… Continue Reading