Blackwell chosen as Gov. Deal's first pick to Ga. Supreme Court

Court of Appeals judge tackled complex cases, conservative causes before Gov. Deal picked him

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Governor Nathan Deal on Monday named Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell as his pick for the state Supreme Court.

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  • JH

    In this time when judicial decision makers are too often pigeon-holed in one philosophical camp or another, Blackwell's appointment is to be praised. He comes to the position with political credentials many will presume make him predictable. They should take care not to be so presumptuous. Rarely does a governor have the opportunity to begin the career of a man with the potential to become a legal giant. His intellect and legal experience are impressive, yes. But combined with humility, strong family and Ball Ground beginnings these qualities bring to the Supreme Court a man who can understand the law, apply it and bring honor to the judiciary. He will not likely be a justice that pundits can confidently put on a particular side of the issue unless, after thoughtful reasoning he believes it's the right side.

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