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Anne Harris

Senior ADA Harris Elected in Runoff for Cobb Bench

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Cobb County Senior Assistant District Attorney Ann Harris said Wednesday she was thankful for her election to the superior court bench—and surprised by the strength of the margin.

Jane Barwick

Barwick Wins Fulton Judicial Post in Race Against Robertson

By Greg Land |

After months on the campaign trial, culminating in being elected the Fulton County Superior Court's next judge Tuesday night, Jane Barwick said Wednesday she isn't sure what to expect next.

Kenneth and Mary Melton, from left with their lawyers Lance Cooper and Jere Beasley, have brought the case over their daughter’s death back to their home county of Cobb.

Cobb Couple's Suit Against GM Takes 'Center Stage'

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Cobb County couple suing General Motors over an ignition switch defect they say caused their daughter's death have won an important victory.

DA: Ex-Clerk for Atlanta Municipal Court Expected to Plead Guilty to Theft

By Greg Land |

A former clerk for the Atlanta Municipal Court is expected to plead guilty Thursday to theft charges related to stealing more than $80,000 in court fines, according to a release from the office of Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.

Charles Pursley

High Court: Fulton on Hook to Buy Property for $5M

By Greg Land |

Fulton County must abide by a judge's order that it purchase for $5 million a parcel of property the county had sought to condemn then tried to back away from, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled.

Clark D. Cunningham

Ethics Professor Calls for More Transparency from Olens

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

In response to questions from the Daily Report about Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens' decision not to release a controversial ethics commission memo during prior wrongful termination litigation against the state, a noted law and ethics professor is calling on Olens to be more transparent.


Death Sentence Given in AP Photographer's Killing

A Kabul court announced Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to death.

Jane Barwick

Jane Barwick Elected to Fulton Superior Court

By Greg Land |

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Jane Barwick has been elected Fulton County's newest Superior Court judge, handily defeating Shelitha Robertson for an open seat on the court by 62.56 percent to 37.44 percent of the vote in Tuesday's runoff, according to vote totals reported on the Georgia secretary of state's website.

Porch Shooter's Lawyer Says He Feared for His Life

A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch was rocked out of sleep by a series of "boom, boom, boom" pounding sounds outside his home, causing him to grab a shotgun, open the front door and fire, a defense lawyer told jurors during opening statements Wednesday.

Jury Awards $471,798 to Fla. Man Burned at Church

Jurors have determined that the Agape Baptist Church must pay $471,798.50 to a man who was severely burned after setting fire to a pile of trash while working off community service hours.

Andrew Goldner (left) Michael Goldberg represented the plaintiff, arguing the man could have been saved if his seizure had been noticed.

$2M Awarded After Disabled Man Dies in Pool

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury took just over an hour to side with the mother of a mentally handicapped man who died after collapsing in a pool at an assisted living facility.

Daycare Won't Appeal Revocation of License

A northeast Georgia daycare center where a 16-month-old toddler was burned has informed the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning it would not appeal its license revocation.

Anne Harris

Cobb ADA Ann Harris Wins Election to Superior Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Prosecutor Ann Harris won election to the Cobb County Superior Court Tuesday, defeating her opponent, Juvenile Court Judge Juanita Stedman.

Andi Dorfman

Bachelorette Cross-Examined by Spurned Bachelors

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Former Fulton County assistant district attorney Andi Dorfman took the witness stand for cross-examination by those she had spurned on ABC's "The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All" Monday night.

Sam Olens said he wished his office had received a discovery request to which the memorandum was responsive. “That would have been easier for the office,” he said.

Memorandum Puts Heat on AG Sam Olens

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A memorandum drafted by the state ethics commission's top executive, which details alleged interference by the office of Gov. Nathan Deal into the commission's investigation of him, has stoked a legal fire that now is radiating heat onto the attorney general's office.


Meet the GC: Robbie Kamerschen, Aaron’s Inc. GC, Corporate Secretary

By Mary Welch |

Robert "Robbie" Kamerschen serves as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Aaron's Inc. In this role, he manages all legal, regulatory and governance issues.

Ga. Man Guilty of Faking Allergy Test Results

Federal prosecutors say the owner of a metro Atlanta allergy testing lab has pleaded guilty to filing fake allergy test results.

Judge Julie Carnes

Senate Confirms Julie Carnes to Eleventh Circuit by 94-0 Vote

By R. Robin McDonald |

The U.S. Senate in a 94-0 vote late Monday confirmed U.S. District Court Chief Judge Julie Carnes as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta.

Group Gives Some Atlanta Firms Gold Standard for Women in Big Law

By Meredith Hobbs |

Thirteen firms with Atlanta offices have qualified for Gold Standard Certification this year from the Women In Law Empowerment Forum for having a "meaningful percentage" of women in leadership roles.

Avi Stadler

On the Move: Esquire Deposition Captures Stadler As Its New GC

By Meredith Hobbs |

Avi Stadler has traded a position as a big-firm litigator to become the general counsel for Esquire Deposition Solutions, a national court-reporting company based in Atlanta.

Ga. Justices Stand on Agnes Scott Ruling, Deny Motion to Vacate

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court has rejected a request that it vacate one of its rulings because it was issued too late.

Howard T. Markey National Courts Building/U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC.

Federal Appeals Court Deals Blow to Health Law

A federal appeals court delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, potentially derailing billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

Georgia Football Player Facing Assault Charge

Police say a University of Georgia football player is facing a charge of aggravated assault, a felony.

Man Accused in Officer Death to be Tried in Athens

A judge has ruled that a man accused of fatally shooting a northeast Georgia police officer will stand trial in Athens, with jurors brought in from another county.

Ga. Attorney General Sam Olens

Olens Defends State's Gay Marriage Ban in Motion to Dismiss Suit

By R. Robin McDonald |

State Attorney General Sam Olens is asking a federal judge to dismiss a suit that challenges Georgia's constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage,

Mark Richt

UGA Football Coach Richt Is Rooting for Former Bulldog on 'The Bachelorette'

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

With her choices for a husband narrowed down to the final two -- one of whom played football at the University of Georgia -- former Fulton County assistant district attorney Andi Dorfman has become a sports story.

Going Rate 2014

How Does Your Hourly Rate Compare? Search Our Database

Find out what Georgia lawyers and firms located here charge. Plus, our annual Going Rate special issue coverage explores the art—and science—behind crafting the perfect hourly rate.

Ga. Attorney General Sam Olens

AG Olens Refuses Carter's Call for Ethics Probe

Georgia's Attorney General Sam Olens has again declined a request by state Sen. Jason Carter to appoint an investigator to review the handling of ethics complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

Georgia Seeks Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Dismissal

By Kathleen Foody |

Georgia's attorney general is asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a gay rights group challenging the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

Judge Orders James Brown Documents Made Public

By Jeffrey Collins |

A judge has ordered South Carolina's attorney general to turn over documents to a freelance journalist investigating the court fight over the estate of soul singer James Brown.

Judge Asked to Lift Fla. Keys Gay Marriage Stay

By Curt Anderson |

A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional was asked Monday to permit gay couples to marry in Monroe County despite a pending state appeal.

Joanna Shepherd

Professor Recounts Findings on Judicial Race Contributions

By Alyson M. Palmer |

When it comes to judicial decision-making, says Emory law professor Joanna Shepherd, money matters.

Glenn Hendrix

Atlanta: The Crossroads of Conflict Resolution, International Business

By Glenn Hendrix |

State mottoes tend to be trite, but Georgia's—"wisdom, justice and moderation"—befits a state having a sophisticated and predictable legal regime supporting one of the world's leading business centers.

Atlanta vs. Miami

By Meredith Hobbs and Julie Kay |

One boasts about its corporate culture—as the home to Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot and UPS.

Atlanta vs. Miami, Who Wins?

Both cities are competing for the same title: "Top international arbitration venue of the Southeast." Read all about it and leave a comment below the story, letting us know who you think should be the champ.

Lance Cooper

Federal Judge Returns Melton Case Against GM to Cobb County

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Marietta lawyer Lance Cooper won an important round in his battle with General Motors Friday as a federal judge remanded to Cobb County State Court the case that has formed the foundation of the recall of millions of cars over an ignition switch defect.

David Cohen, left, focused on the appeals court’s vacating a sanctions order in which his side would have had to pay the other.

Discovery Ordered to Continue in Waffle House Lawsuits

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Court of Appeals has turned up the volume on the soap opera drama between the chairman of the board of Waffle House Inc. and his former housekeeper—and her lawyers.

Quinn Smith

Miami Has Done the Work To Be A True Center for International Arbitration

By Quinn Smith |

In recent years, every major city from Atlanta to Zagreb has invested time and money in creating a climate friendly to international arbitration.

Edward Tarver

Former Sheriff's Deputy Sentenced to Prison

By R. Robin McDonald |

A former Pierce County deputy sheriff has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for providing security protection and acting as a lookout for drug traffickers, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia announced on Thursday.

Tyler Perry

Lawyer Sues Over Tyler Perry Deal on Ft. McPherson

By R. Robin McDonald |

An Atlanta entertainment firm founded by local attorney Daniel Meachum is suing to stop a deal that would allow Tyler Perry to build a studio on property that once housed the Fort McPherson Army installation.

Letter to the Editor: Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Ginny Looney

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of attorney Virginia L. "Ginny" Looney, the first ethics officer for the City of Atlanta, on her recent and very untimely passing.

Lawsuit: Tyler Perry Interfered with Studio Plan

A Georgia entertainment company is suing Tyler Perry, accusing the filmmaker of unfairly working with government officials to transform a former military base into a studio for Perry's company.

Henry County Judge Benjamin Studdard didn’t tell parties about the jurors’ note.

UPDATED: Jury's Note to Judge Dooms Malpractice Defense Verdict

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Georgia Court of Appeals has reversed a jury verdict that absolved a Henry County hospital and doctor of medical malpractice, finding that the trial judge shouldn't have responded to a note from a stymied jury without alerting the litigants or their lawyers.

Judge Stephen Lewis A. Dillard

Panel Revives 'Jane Doe' Suit Against Church

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A Fulton County judge was wrong to toss a young woman's complaint raising sexual abuse allegations against the Archdiocese of Atlanta on the ground that the plaintiff filed the case under a pseudonym, the Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled.

Michael A. Caplan

Citing "Substantial Compliance," Southern Center Drops Suit Demanding Lawyers for Indigent Appeals

The Southern Center for Human Rights has agreed to dismiss its suit demanding that Georgia provide lawyers for indigent defendants in appeals cases, citing "substantial compliance" with a consent decree the state entered into two years ago to ensure that such defendants are provided counsel.

Don Samuel

Allman Movie: Filmmakers Speak out on Train Crash

By Russ Bynum |

Two filmmakers charged in a train collision that killed a camera assistant while shooting a movie about singer Gregg Allman said Thursday her death "will haunt us forever." But they insisted they committed no crimes that put their crew in harm's way.

FedEx Charged with Assisting Illegal Pharmacies

By Paul Elias |

Federal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.

Cobb County Superior Judge C. Latain Kell.

Lawyer Indicted for Making False Statements to a Cobb County Judge

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

An indictment returned by a Cobb County grand jury paints a picture of a lawyer's nightmare: missing a deadline for filing a motion in a lawsuit.

Pamela Ballin got a life sentence Thursday for killing her husband.

DeKalb Judge, District Attorney, Continue to Squabble Over Case

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Mark Anthony Scott on Thursday sentenced a convicted murderer, whom he had temporarily released from custody last month, to a life sentence.

Javaris Crittenton

Ex-NBA Star in Jail on Murder Charges Finds Lawyer to Handle Civil Suit

By Greg Land |

Javaris Crittenton, the one-time Georgia Tech basketball star and first-round NBA draft pick, is confined to his Fulton County Jail cell 23 hours a day and has no money to fight a civil suit brought by the family of a woman he has been accused of killing, according to an affidavit he filed this week.

Judge Julie Carnes

Carnes Moves a Step Toward Confirmation to Eleventh Circuit

By R. Robin McDonald |

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to close debate on the nomination of U.S. District Chief Judge Julie Carnes for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Daughter Marin, 10, encouraged lawyer-author Lori Duff to publish her first book, “Mismatched Shoes and Upside Pizza,” a collection of humorous essays covering everyday life.

Lawyer Calls Humor Side-Gig 'Cheap Therapy'

By Mary Helen Martin |

Lawyer Lori Duff's savior is humor. Faced with a midlife crisis a few years ago, she turned to writing and laughs. "I've been writing most of my life, but not publicly until very recently," Duff says.

Senators Call on GM CEO to Fire Top Lawyer

By Marcy Gordon |

Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with defective ignition switches.

R.I. Lawyer Gets 30 Months Confinement for Embezzling

A lawyer who pleaded no contest to embezzling nearly $130,000 from an elderly client has been sentenced to 2 ½ years of home confinement.

NYC Jury Awards Shoplifter $500K for Broken Ankle

A Brooklyn jury has awarded more than $500,000 to a man who sued the city for a broken ankle he suffered during an arrest for shoplifting.

Judge Mark Anthony Scott

Decrying 'Personal Attacks,' DeKalb Judge Sentences Murder Convict to Life

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Mark Anthony Scott on Thursday sentenced a convicted murderer, whom he had temporarily released from custody last month, to a life sentence.

Cobb County Superior Judge C. Latain Kell.

Lawyer Indicted for Lying to a Cobb County Judge

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

An Atlanta lawyer has been indicted for making false statements and presenting forged documents to a Cobb County judge.

Judge Julie Carnes

Senate Expected to End Debate on Carnes' Bid for 11th Circuit

By R. Robin McDonald |

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moved late Wednesday to close debate on the nomination of U.S. District Chief Judge Julie Carnes for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

William Stone said his team is “all smiles” and “most satisfied with the outcome” after settling. On the appeal deadline, the parties made their own deal in the Cobb County case.

$40M Verdict Settled on Eve of Appeal Deadline

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A wrongful death case that led to a $40 million verdict in Cobb County settled for a confidential amount just before the Georgia Court of Appeals hit its deadline for a decision in the matter.

Task Force attorney Steven Hall said his opponents “got caught doing something morally reprehensible.”

Fate of Shelter Turns on Query: Eviction or Trial?

By Greg Land |

Task force wants trial on ‘conspiracy’; landlord wants eviction

Louis Levenson

Motion: Lawyers for Homeless Want Part-Time Magistrate Off Landlord's Team

By Greg Land |

Lawyers for the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless have asked the court to disqualify attorney and part-time Fulton County Magistrate Louis Levenson from representing the company seeking to evict the Task Force's homeless shelter at Peachtree and Pine streets.

Patrise Perkins-Hooker

Letter to the Editor: Legal Food Frenzy Demonstrates Fulfillment of Lawyers' Duty to Serve

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations and appreciation to Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar and all members of the legal community who took part in the tremendous success of the third annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy.

Texas Woman Who Sent Ricin-Laced Letters to Obama, Gets 18 Years in Prison

A Texas woman who had minor acting roles in film and television has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Ga. Man Indicted for Exporting Gun Components

Federal prosecutors say a Savannah man accused of illegally sending firearms components to Russia has been indicted by a grand jury.

Trial Set in Slaying of Northwest Ga. Store Clerk

A trial date has been set for a woman accused of killing a northwest Georgia store clerk.

Attorney: Prostitute Had No Reason to Kill Exec

By Martha Mendoza |

A defense attorney says a high-priced prostitute accused of giving a Google executive a fatal dose of heroin had no reason to kill the man.

Lawyer Gets Prison in Vegas Cash Laundering Case

A suspended Nevada attorney has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for helping launder money that federal prosecutors say came from a fraudulent online scheme that bilked more than 1,400 investors out of $16 million.

James Bodiford of Cobb County Superior Court, who presided over the murder case of lawyer Fred Tokars for the 1992 killing of his wife, says social media has changed the landscape.

Hot Car Case Presents Venue Challenge

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

As media attention grows, lawyers ponder whether changing the venue would matter in a social media world.

Constangy, Brooks & Smith Name Partner Lovic Brooks Jr. Dies at 87

By Meredith Hobbs |

Lovic Brooks Jr., a name partner at Atlanta labor and employment firm Constangy, Brooks & Smith, has died after a brief illness, the firm announced Tuesday. He was 87.

Frederick J. Hanna

Hanna Law Firm Faces Suit from Consumer Group Over Debt Tactics

By R. Robin McDonald |

Saying that a Marietta law firm "operates less like a law firm than a factory," the fledgling federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing to permanently bar the firm and three of its attorneys from engaging in a massive debt-collection business that the agency claims regularly runs afoul of federal consumer financial laws.

Leslie Wolf

On The Move: GSU Health Law Center Gets New Director After Decade of Growth

By Meredith Hobbs |

Charity Scott has stepped down as the director of Georgia State University law school's Center for Law, Health & Society, which she helped to start a decade ago. Law professor Leslie Wolf became the center's new director on July 1.

Left to right: Ann Harris and Juanita Stedman

CORRECTED: Candidates for Cobb Superior Court Challenge Each Other on Experience, Reversals

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Debate turned to verbal combat Tuesday night when two candidates in the July 22 runoff election for Cobb County Superior Court judge faced off at a forum in Kennesaw.

JQC Asks to Suspend Judge Accused of Attempted Sexual Battery

By R. Robin McDonald |

The state Judicial Qualifications Commission has filed an emergency motion asking the Supreme Court of Georgia to appoint a special master to consider suspending Hart County's probate judge until criminal charges against him involving an alleged assault on a woman who wanted help with a traffic ticket are resolved.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Staley Presides Over Mental Health Court

Editor's note: This article about Judge Mary Staley from June 4, 2013, highlights her work on mental health courts. It was written by Katheryn Hayes Tucker.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Our 2009 Profile of Judge Mary Staley

Editor's note: This profile of Judge Mary Staley, who will preside over any case against Justin Ross Harris, ran in the Daily Report on Sept. 1, 2009. It was written by Katheryn Hayes Tucker.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: In 2011, Staley Was Finalist for Georgia Court of Appeals

Editor's note: This is part of a story from 2011 reporting on finalists for a seat on the Georgia Court of Appeals. The section on Judge Mary Staley discussed her handling of an unusual death penalty matter.

Leanna Harris

Attorney for Mother of Toddler Who Died in Hot Car Pleas for Her Privacy

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Leanna Harris's attorney issued a statement for the first time Tuesday, asking for privacy to allow a mother to mourn the death of her child.

Mary E. Staley

Cobb Judge Staley Gets Hot Car Death Case

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley will preside over any criminal case against Justin Ross Harris if a grand jury returns an indictment concerning the death of Harris' toddler son in a hot car.

Feds: Texas Voting Maps Discriminated

The U.S. Justice Department told judges Monday that Texas lawmakers carefully crafted electoral maps marginalizing minority voters despite the state's exploding Hispanic population in a deliberate effort to racially discriminate and protect conservative incumbents.

Settlement Stock Art

Court Awards $1.3 Million Over Canceled Contract

The Ohio Court of Claims has awarded a government services firm $1.3 million after the state canceled its contract with 99 percent of the work done.

Andi Dorfman

'Bachelorette' Rejects Farmer; UGA Bulldog Josh Murray Still in the Game

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

What we know for sure from Monday night's episode of "The Bachelorette" is that former Fulton County assistant district attorney Andi Dorfman will not be seeking admission to the State Bar of Iowa.

Hon. Amy Totenberg

Federal Judge Kicks DeKalb Housing Suit Back to Superior Court

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Suggesting the Housing Authority of DeKalb County was forum shopping, a federal judge rejected its bid to shift an eviction lawsuit from the county's superior court to her court.

Holly LaBerge

Ethics Chief: Gov Aide Made Threat Over Complaints

By Christina A. Cassidy |

The head of the state ethics commission claims an attorney for Gov. Nathan Deal once threatened to thwart efforts to expand the agency's authority unless she made complaints against the governor "go away," according to a memo obtained Monday from the Attorney General's Office.

Things are Looking up for In-House Counsel Hiring

By Rebekah Mintzer |

It's hard to believe the first six months of 2014 (and then some) are already gone. A new legal hiring trends survey from legal staffing and consulting firm Robert Half Legal looks ahead to the next half of the year and finds that the future is bright for in-house legal professionals in the U.S. and Canada.

Filmmakers in Ga. Train Crash Go Briefly to Jail

By Russ Bynum |

Two filmmakers charged with manslaughter several months after a train crash killed a member of their movie crew flew to Georgia over the weekend to turn themselves in at a rural jail, where they posted $25,000 bond apiece before returning home to California, their defense attorney said Tuesday.

US Consumer Bureau Sues Debt-Collection Law Firm

By Jeff Horwitz |

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued a major debt collection law firm on Monday, alleging it is a "mill" that produces shoddy, mass-produced credit-card collection lawsuits.

Mike Moran, a partner with Law & Moran, argued the case before the state Court of Appeals in February, saying the team and its owners should not have blanket immunity.

Braves Whiff on 'Baseball Rule' with Appellate Panel

By Greg Land |

The Georgia Court of Appeals has rejected a plea by the Atlanta Braves that it determine whether the so-called "baseball rule" shields the team from being sued by the parent of a child hit by a foul ball at Turner Field.

Address Billing Issues in July to Avoid December Problems

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Attorneys rarely think about billings and collections at midyear. Instead, those are topics often left to the year-end collections push. By waiting, however, attorneys lose money, assume risks and otherwise miss important red flags for potential problems that can be avoided or resolved.

NC Lawmakers Seek Abortion Plate Review

Republicans at the North Carolina legislature want the nation's highest court to review a ruling barring the state from issuing anti-abortion license plates unless they provide a similar option to pro-choice motorists.

Hon. Peggy Walker

Douglas County Juvenile Judge to Helm National Group

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge Peggy Walker is set to become president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on Tuesday.

Justice Keith R. Blackwell

High Court Rules that Bank Execs Can Face Suits Over Failures

By R. Robin McDonald |

In a case closely watched by banking lawyers across the state, the Supreme Court of Georgia has opened the door for bank directors and executives in the state to be held personally liable for a failed bank's losses if they are found to have neglected their corporate duties.

Sarah Geraghty of the Southern Center for Human Rights says the  ruling left questions open.

Indigent Dads' Lawyers: Ruling Leaves Questions

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Friday's Georgia Supreme Court opinion that indigent parents aren't always entitled to free lawyers in child support cases could open the door to future legal challenges, said an attorney for a group of jailed fathers.

Mike Moran, Law & Moran

Braves Strike Out at Appeals Court in Case Over Child Hit by Foul Ball

By Greg Land |

The Georgia Court of Appeals has rejected a plea by the Atlanta Braves that it determine whether the "baseball rule" shields the team from being sued by the parent of a child hit by a foul ball at Turner Field.

FDIC Wins Ruling Over Bank Directors and Executives' Liability

In a case closely watched by banking lawyers across the state, the Supreme Court of Georgia has opened the door for bank directors and executives in the state to be held personally liable for a failed bank's losses if they are found to have neglected their corporate duties.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Citigroup to Pay $7B in Subprime Mortgages Probe

By Eric Tucker |

Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said "shattered lives" and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades.

Social Media a Factor in Jury Selection Process

Some Georgia lawyers say the social media presences of potential jurors may factor into the jury selection process.

$3.5M Deal in San Francisco Wrongful Conviction

San Francisco's city attorney is recommending the city approve a $3.5 million settlement with a man who spent 18 years in prison for a double slaying before a judge ruled he was wrongly convicted.

Justice Keith Blackwell

Court: Indigent Parents Aren't Usually Entitled to Free Lawyers in Child Support Cases

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Indigent parents are not usually entitled to free lawyers in child support cases, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Friday by a 6-1 vote.

David McDade

High Court: DA's Conflict Infected Entire Office

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A district attorney's conflict of interest that precluded him from participating in a prosecution infected his entire office, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled.

Richard L. Robbins

Homeless Task Force's Eviction Sought (Again)

By Greg Land |

Lawyers for the embattled Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless were back in court Friday, asking a judge to deny the most recent request by the company that bought the title to the property housing the nonprofit's emergency shelter at foreclosure to evict the Task Force.