Publication Date


Document Type

Survey Article


In many respects, this was a quiet year in the area of criminal law and procedure. Though the appellate courts reviewed nearly as many criminal cases as all other types of cases combined, there were few major developments that marked a departure from settled precedent. Perhaps the most significant developments involved two areas of substantive law: the Georgia Supreme Court staked out new territory in the area of bribery,1 holding that a "campaign contribution" may amount to a bribe if the donor expects a specific quid pro quo;2 and the court held that in future murder cases involving self-defense, the defendant may introduce evidence of the victim's prior assaultive behavior, even if it did not involve the defendant.