Archive | 2016

THE GREATEST MAN I EVER KNEW

THE GREATEST MAN I EVER KNEW I have met and known many people over the years. The diversity of people and their personalities make our journey in life more colorful. Some folks stand out more than others. Some aspects of character [...]

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LAWYERS SERVE PART II

LAWYERS SERVE December seems to be an appropriate time to address a little-known aspect of generosity in our state. Lawyers serve their communities. I have heard my share of lawyer jokes over the years. I never get “offended.” [...]

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A BELT OF GREEN

A BELT OF GREEN The other day, I took an hour walk through the woods near our lake house in Wedowee, AL. Truthfully, I was scouting for deer. I was looking for trails, food sources, and most importantly, water. When I returned home, I refle [...]

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THE EMPTY CHAIR

THE EMPTY CHAIR In the inner sanctuary of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), there is an empty chair. The man or woman who will soon occupy this chair will wield the power to bring the Court back into balance after the untimely d [...]

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CONSIDER VOTING "NO" ON AMENDMENT 3

CONSIDER VOTING “NO” ON AMENDMENT 3 As we head to the polls on Tuesday, I am sure that many issues and candidates will be on our minds. One of the most important, yet relatively unknown, votes we will be casting is on Amendment 3. [...]

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THE DARKNESS AND A PRESIDENT

I hate to write a column with such doom and gloom. But, I was lead to tell a story about a man who has been much misunderstood and maligned by history. Tragedies are a normal, but unfortunate part of life. They happen to varying degrees and pe [...]

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THE CONSTITUTION AND A SECOND STRING QUARTERBACK

THE CONSTITUTION AND A SECOND STRING QUARTERBACK For three weeks, I fought off the urge to write this column. I have tried to ignore this issue. But, on Friday morning, after our men’s Bible study, a man grabbed me as he left the office an [...]

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TRUMP VS CLINTON - 2ND AMENDMENT

TRUMP VS. CLINTON – 2ND AMENDMENT As a disclaimer, I am an ardent supporter of the Constitution as it is written and all of the amendments including the 2nd Amendment. However, I am giving my best to provide the least biased current inf [...]

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NOW IS THE TIME FOR MENTAL HEALTH COURTS

NOW IS THE TIME FOR MENTAL HEALTH COURTS In the recent past, I was in a meeting with some folks in the community. At first, I noticed that there were only two men in the room; me and the man sitting next to me. I didn’t know this man a [...]

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PRESIDENTIAL PARDONS

PRESIDENTIAL PARDONS As Obama continues to roll out the pardons and commutation of sentences for people convicted of federal criminal laws, it is important to point out that these actions are, for better or worse, as American as apple pie. Th [...]

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HOW CAN YOU REPRESENT "THOSE" PEOPLE

HOW CAN YOU REPRESENT “THOSE” PEOPLE? A few years ago, I was in a restaurant with my family when a man came up to the table. I had known the man for year and we always got along well. That night, (although he may have been a litt [...]

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IMPACT OF LOCAL PUBLIC SERVICE

IMPACT OF LOCAL PUBLIC SERVICE Every four years, the nation becomes embroiled with excitement and positive outlook as the campaigning for the election of the United States President gets into full swing. This year, unlike years past, many Ame [...]

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APPRECTICESHIP - THE ART OF MASTERING A TRADE

Apprenticeship – The Art of Mastering A Trade Mastering a skill takes a lifetime. Formal education only scratches the surface of the learning journey. A great academic experience will cost money. A quality apprenticeship is priceless. [...]

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WHAT TO DO WHEN PULLED OVER

WHAT TO DO WHEN PULLED OVER I don’t know anyone over 21 who has not been pulled over by the police. Many folks know how to handle situations when they are pulled over by a police officers. Most are brief and routine stops involving speedin [...]

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INSPIRING MESSAGE FROM LT. GOV. CASEY CAGLE (R - GA)

WHATEVER YOU DO……DO YOUR BEST This week, Ben Pitts asked Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R-GA) to speak to the Carroll County Bar Association (CCBA). Before the lunch meeting, Cagle and I talked about possible topics. I had some boring ideas. [...]

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MY INTERVIEW WITH JUDGE DUSTIN W. HIGHTOWER

MY INTERVIEW WITH JUDGE DUSTIN W. HIGHTOWER This week, I had the opportunity to interview the newest superior court judge of the Coweta Judicial Circuit, Dustin W. “Dusty” Hightower. I have known Hightower for many years. He [...]

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INDEPENDENT TESTING IN DUI CASES

INDEPENDENT TESTING IN DUI CASES Right after a person is arrested for DUI, it is very common for the officer to read to the suspect Georgia’s Implied Consent Notice and ask for a sample of the person’s breath or blood. This is called [...]

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BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE IN GEORGIA

BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE IN GEORGIA I am on my way to Wedowee, AL to do some night fishing with my father and sons. We just place a large floating light off the dock, rig the minnow reels, and watch the bobbers drop. It’s a lot of f [...]

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TO CONQUER FEAR

TO CONQUER FEAR The Rev. Tommy Greer believes that Satan has a shed where he keeps his tools of evil. Addiction, depression, hate, and anger are just a few of Satan’s precious items. Although he has many, one of his favorites is fear.
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NARCAN SAVES LIVES

NARCAN SAVES LIVES How many people do you know who have died from an overdose of drugs? I can think of over 10 just in our community. Georgia loses more than 1,000 people each year to drug overdoses. The lives lost in Georgia include young, o [...]

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WHY SHOULD WE VOTE?

WHY WE SHOULD VOTE? Tuesday, May 24th, is the day that Georgian’s have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote for their candidates in a primary election. Republicans will choose their candidate. Democrats will choose theirs. The [...]

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A TENNESSEE BOY'S FIRST GUN

A TENNESSEE BOY’S FIRST GUN I worked for the Kerry campaign in college and voted for President Obama…twice. I have a picture of FDR in my office. My law partner has one of Ronald Reagan. I have a Tennessee Vols flag [...]

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BREAK THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS...TODAY

BREAK THE STIGMA….TODAY I once listened to a well-respected man in his community have the courage to ask an audience of well-educated people to break the stigma of mental illness. I was inspired, took some of the below material from an org [...]

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM CONTINUES

Since he took office, Gov. Deal has considered criminal justice reform to be a high priority. He and lawmakers have created a much needed overhaul in Georgia. The overhaul started in his first term with changes that allowed Georgia to place nonv [...]

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THE ODD COUPLE

THE ODD COUPLE A few days ago, I had a brief political discussion with one of my friends who happens to be a liberal Democrat. We don’t talk about politics much. We mainly work together on legal cases and enjoy each other’s company. [...]

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GEORGIA'S RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT

GEORGIA’S RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT One of the most controversial bills to be passed by the General Assembly this year was Georgia’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA.) Since Gov. Deal vetoed the bill and similar legisla [...]

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A HUGE CONGRESSIONAL RACE

A HUGE CONGRESSIONAL RACE Since this is a presidential election year, other races tend to get overlooked. However, there is one federal race this year that affects all Americans; the race for the 3rd Congressional District of Georgia. For ye [...]

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THE SLIPPERY SLOPE

THE SLIPPERY SLOPE Last week, I was volunteering with Officer Kelly Bennett at the 8th Grade Career Expo. We were there to talk about careers in criminal justice. I was overwhelmed by the number of students who filled our classroom. We actually [...]

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KINGMAKER

KINGMAKER With the presidential election at full throttle, I sometimes think of why and how these men and women gain power. Yes, most candidates for public office are determined, hardworking, and focused. But, the vast majority fall short of the [...]

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KARMA

KARMA When I think of Karma, I think of Jim Williams of Savannah falling dead in his office after Sonny Seiler convinced a Chatham Co. jury that Jim was not guilty of murdering Jim’s lover in the true story depicted in “Midnight In The [...]

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DEATH OF AN ITALIAN GIANT

DEATH OF AN ITALIAN GIANT Last week, our country suffered a terrible loss; the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He was one of the most intelligent defenders of the Constitution to ever sit on the Supreme Court. He is also [...]

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DECISION AMERICA TOUR 2016

DECISION AMERICA TOUR 2016 Yes, it is another tough primary season in America. By the time this column hits the press, one or more candidates will have dropped out of the race for the presidency. There are promises, accusations, and pushing [...]

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MY INTERVIEW WITH CHIEF JUDGE SIMPSON

MY INTERVIEW WITH CHIEF JUDGE SIMPSON A few years ago, I was standing in a courtroom with my friends and family behind me as I was sworn in as a lawyer in this great state. The judge who swore me in and signed my certificate was Judge John Simpso [...]

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THE 180 MIRACLE

THE 180 MIRACLE I have written about the societal problems associated with mental health disease. Most of my prior columns have focused on the relationship between mental health and crime. I have purposely avoided writing about individuals. [...]

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NEXT POTUS WILL RESHAPE SUPREME COURT

NEXT POTUS WILL RESHAPE SUPREME COURT We are in the midst of choosing the candidate from each party to run for President of the United States. Hillary Rodham Clinton will easily be nominated by Democrats. Right now, there are about four candidat [...]

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FACEBOOK EVIDENCE

FACEBOOK EVIDENCE A few years ago, I wrote a column warning people about their use of social media, like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. At the time, lawyers were not using these social media outlets much in their cases. Things have change [...]

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THE LIGHTHOUSE AND THE STORM

THE LIGHTHOUSE AND THE STORM I have a good friend in South Georgia who owns a medium sized business. I have known him since my college days, looked up to him, and always believed that he could handle anything. His business has been very succ [...]

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LOCAL HOMELESS SHELTERS

LOCAL HOMELESS SHELTERS This time of year, the issue of homelessness seems to come up from time to time. However, for the most part, homelessness is something that we do not see every day and may not want to think about. Yet, it exists in ea [...]

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MAKING A MURDERER

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