Cobb County Defendant appealed his convictions for possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine, as well as theft by receiving stolen property in the Georgia Court of Appeals, based on his being compelled to represent himself at trial, as well as a lack of competent evidence that the property found in his vehicle was stolen. The Georgia Court of Appeals reversed his conviction for theft by receiving, but affirmed the remaining convictions.
Miller v. State
Apr 28, 2003
15-year-old Defendant in Cherokee County was charged with felony murder when he punched a 13-year-old classmate who then died from fluke event in his body. Defendant claimed that the jury pool was tainted by pretrial publicity, that Georgia's felony murder rule was antiquated and unconstitutional and that felony murder conviction was not supported by the evidence which reflected nothing more than defendant's intent to commit simple assault, a misdemeanor. Georgia Supreme Court affirmed conviction, United States Supreme Court denied certiorari.