I read with great interest the article penned by two of my most distinguished colleagues, Lee Parks and Ed Buckley, about jury trials "vanishing" in employment cases. Having defended employers for 20 years in these cases, I have a much different opinion and would respectfully disagree with their thesis.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard forcefully rejected allegations that one of his prosecutors had violated professional ethics in his handling of a child molestation trial, even though his office signed off last week on a consent order mandating a new trial in the case.
A conservative legal group has resolved a case that set new precedent, making it easier for plaintiffs to seek attorney fees from uncooperative municipalities.
A three-year battle between owners of a Gwinnett County software company concluded last month with the payment of $800,000 in attorneys' fees to the side that made the best case to the arbitrator. But the whole episode cost all the parties together well in excess of $3.5 million in legal expenses, plus about $150,000 in arbitration costs, according to the attorneys.
Every once in a while, the lawyers in a long-running case can get a judge's goat. And that judge, in turn, may let counsel know what he really thinks.
"Paris on Peachtree," which opened at the High Museum in November, is the latest in a long, deep artistic connection between Atlanta and France.
We at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, along with the Atlanta legal community, are saddened by the loss of Sara S. Turnipseed, who passed away Nov. 29, 2013.
In 2006, the Montgomery Police Department used cellphone tower data to help convict a man who shot and killed a 30-year-old police officer in the head during a traffic stop.
A north Idaho attorney convicted in an unsuccessful murder-for-hire scheme has filed a malpractice lawsuit aimed at the lawyers who represented him in his federal trial.
A federal appeals court in New York says a Vermont police department was within its rights to attach a GPS device without a warrant to a drug suspect's car.
A metro Atlanta man has pleaded guilty to calling in a bomb threat to a county courthouse.
A lawyer for a woman convicted of lying during the investigation of her husband's killing outside a suburban Atlanta preschool urged a judge Thursday to release her on bond.
Gov. Nathan Deal's criminal justice reform council is set to debate and vote Dec. 18 on proposals to make it easier for former offenders to secure jobs and housing.
While the process of nominating and confirming judges for two Georgia-based vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit drags on, things may move more quickly when it comes to slots on the court reserved for Florida and Alabama.
The Seventh Amendment contains an unmistakable mandate, derived from our Founding Fathers' vision of freedom, that the "right of a trial by jury shall be preserved."
Opponents of a bill to scrap the state's medical malpractice tort system and replace it with a worker's compensation-like board have found their own Emory law professor to argue their side. In an earlier committee meeting, an Emory prof testified in favor of Senate Bill 141, called the Patient Injury Act.
Four Atlanta lawyers took the Daily Report with them in November on a weeklong bike ride from Jerusalem to the Red Sea at Eilat.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd has pleaded guilty to a state felony and has resigned.
A federal grand jury has been scheduled to meet next month to receive documents related to ethics complaints involving Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, according to people familiar with the case.
A suburban Atlanta woman convicted of lying under oath and lying to police investigating the killing of her husband is set to have a bond hearing.
Three years ago, a jury heard lurid testimony about a burned body and a brazen cover-up before convicting a former New Orleans police officer of fatally shooting a man without justification in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The ex-defense attorney for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is now facing legal troubles himself.
Contentious cases resolved by confidential settlements are nothing new. The Daily Report was skewered during the Atlanta Bar Association's Bard Show last month by a parody headline in the faux "Occasional Report" trumpeting "Two Undisclosed Parties Mediate a Settlement for an Undisclosed Amount."
The price tag is growing on the value of legal actions spawned by the death of 38,000 fish in the Ogeechee River two years ago.
As a child, I spent hours dressed in a pink leotard and tutu, turning circles in front of my mirror. I dreamed of my destiny as a prima ballerina. Or the Queen of England.
Every day on the pages of the Daily Report our readers see examples of the work of some of Georgia's best litigators.
U.S. regulators have approved a rule that seeks to defuse the kind of risk-taking on Wall Street that helped trigger the 2008 financial crisis.
Having already lost her 6-year-old son, Nicole Hockley insists she won't lose the fight to reduce gun violence — no matter how long it takes.
A federal jury has resumed deliberating in the retrial of a former New Orleans police officer charged with fatally shooting a man without justification in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.
Tennessee's Court of Criminal Appeals has reversed a 225-year sentence for a former youth pastor convicted of raping three boys as a juvenile.
New Jersey's second-largest city is adopting a novel approach to gun control by requiring weapons-makers bidding on municipal contracts to answer questions about their positions on gun safety issues.
Six months after the Cobb County district attorney dropped racketeering, theft and other charges against a former federal prosecutor, an Atlanta attorney and a Marietta businessman, the three former defendants—all with ties to gun manufacturer Glock Inc.—have notified the city of Smyrna that they intend to sue the city for malicious prosecution.
A woman's late-night, migraine-fueled email to a talk show host saying that she would go to a government building and show "government hacks" what the Second Amendment "is all about" may not have been intended as an actual threat, but a federal appeals court won't allow her to hide under the First Amendment, affirming her federal conviction for sending a threatening communication.
Gov. Nathan Deal has named three new judges in Columbus and one in Eastman, but his picks may not quell the concerns over the Chattahoochee Circuit's lack of racial diversity.
After losing a string of slip-and-fall cases over the past two years—some with sanctions for failure to preserve security camera video recordings—the Kroger Co. has won a defense verdict in a premises liability trial in Gwinnett County State Court.
Juror bias is an issue in every trial, civil and criminal alike. Invariably, some jurors arrive in court holding opinions about the parties or the issues in the case. Whether those opinions arise from deeply held prejudices, from life experiences or from exposure to pretrial publicity, they are critical to explore in voir dire.
Prosecutors are considering whether to move forward with domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman even though his girlfriend is asking them not to do so.
A judge has awarded nearly $80 million to the family of a New Mexico woman who died in 2002 when a tractor-trailer struck her car and buried it in sand, suffocating the woman as teachers and students at a nearby school tried to dig her out.
Certain gun owners can carry concealed weapons even in areas where a local government has posted signs banning them, the attorney general's office said Thursday in an opinion aimed at clarifying Mississippi's gun laws.
For the second time in three years, a federal jury must decide whether fear or malice drove a former New Orleans police officer to fatally shoot a man outside a strip mall less than a week after Hurricane Katrina's landfall.
DeKalb County's top prosecutor found himself in the eye of the storm in 2013. District Attorney Robert James Jr. created much of the whirlwind himself: boldly pursuing murder and conspiracy charges against Andrea Sneiderman, prosecuting high-ranking school district officials for rigging construction contracts and convening a special purpose grand jury to investigate public corruption, which ultimately led to the indictment of the county's most powerful politician, CEO Burrell Ellis.
Our Newsmakers since 2000 have run the gamut, and while they've often recognized stellar lawyering, they've also included events such as the courthouse shooting tragedy of 2005 and in 2002 Roy Barnes' shocking re-election loss. Here are the winners since the turn of the century.
In a sign of the times, Georgia State University College of Law has made clinical law professor Lisa Bliss its first director of experiential education.
If a state senator socks another in the jaw during an intense debate on the chamber floor, there's nothing prosecutors can do about it. That's the argument of lawyers for indicted Sen. Don Balfour.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk today denied suspended state Sen. Don Balfour?s attempt to quash the 18-count indictment against him.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the Obama administration are urging a federal appeals court to uphold California's mandatory collection of DNA samples from everyone arrested in the state as a constitutional and powerful law enforcement tool.
Much of what you need to know about Judge Steven Rhodes, friends and former colleagues say, can be gleaned from a handful of hours amid the hundreds he's logged overseeing the largest public bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.
Major technology companies, stung by revelations that the U.S. government collects people's personal data on their networks, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance.
A Senate vote to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms capable of evading metal detectors and X-ray machines is shaping up as a bittersweet moment for gun control supporters, days before the anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
The family of a man killed by a part breaking off a truck doing Eagle Ford Shale oilfield work has won a $281 million lawsuit judgment from a South Texas jury.