Latest Supreme Court of Georgia News

Judge: Cancellation of high court election was legal

Mar. 16, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state legally canceled a scheduled May 19 election for a seat on the state's highest court, a judge ruled Monday, saying the governor can rightfully fill the post even though a judge who is resigning won't leave until November. Two would-be candidates had accused...

Georgia's high court rules DNA evidence warrants new trial

Mar. 13, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's highest court ruled Friday that an inmate serving a life sentence for a slaying 43 years ago deserves a new trial after recent DNA tests cast “significant doubt” on his guilt. Johnny Lee Gates, 63, was convicted of murder, rape and robbery in the November 1976...

Attorney: Georgia followed law in canceling court election

Mar. 13, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An attorney said in court Friday that Georgia's top election official followed the law when he canceled a May election to the state Supreme Court to allow the governor to appoint a replacement for a sitting justice who won't leave office until November. John Barrow, a former Democratic...

Conviction overturned for couple accused of murdering baby

Mar. 2, 2020 7:00 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court has granted a new trial to a couple serving life in prison for murder in the death of their newborn daughter. The justices unanimously agreed that they received ineffective legal counsel. Albert and Ashley Debelbot had their convictions overturned Friday, the...

FILE - This Feb. 22, 2017, file photo provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shows Ryan Duke. Duke, charged with killing teacher Tara Grinstead in 2005, has been granted a pretrial appeal by the Georgia Supreme Court. (Georgia Bureau of Investigation via AP, File)

Pretrial appeal further slows Georgia missing teacher case

Feb. 14, 2020 1:54 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's highest court has granted a pretrial appeal to a man charged with the 2005 slaying of a high school teacher whose disappearance remained a mystery for more than a decade. The Georgia Supreme Court issued an order Thursday saying it will hear Ryan Duke's appeal for state...