Ryan Locke argues in the Supreme Court of Georgia

Ryan Locke recently argued in the Supreme Court of Georgia that a prosecutor made an illegal comment during closing argument. His client, Jonathan Kilgore, who was represented by the public defender at trial, was convicted of felony murder and other crimes in 2012 for his alleged role in a drug house robbery gone bad. During closing argument, the prosecutor argued that Mr. Kilgore was a co-conspirator in the robbery because "otherwise they would be able to say something else." The state and federal constitutions prohibit this type of comment, which holds Mr. Kilgore's silence against him and shifts the burden to him to prove his innocence. The Supreme Court of Georgia heard oral argument on this issue on October 3, 2016 and we expect the court to issue an opinion in the coming months.