Archive | 2017

THE TWO IRISHMEN

THE TWO IRISHMEN Sometimes, I am speechless where I hear the tone and “low road” approach to issues affecting our country today. For example, I recently commented on a thread about the inappropriate, illegal, and embarrassing act [...]

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THE CRITICAL DUTIES OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY

THE CRITICAL DUTIES OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY Governor Nathan Deal will soon appoint the new District Attorney (DA) of the Coweta Judicial Circuit from a list of honorable attorneys wanting to serve our community. The Circuit, which consists of [...]

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THE TWO ROADS

THE TWO ROADS As we travel through life, we often meet the splitting of our road. One road goes uphill while the other is a steep decline. The choice we make at the split can affect the rest of our life. Earlier this year, I spoke with one [...]

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PROPERLY HANDLING ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT

PROPERLY HANDLING ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT The growing list of well-known men who have been accused of sexual misconduct is becoming staggering. John Conyers, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Charlie Rose, Roy Moore, Jeffre [...]

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PROGRESSIVE PROSECUTION

PROGRESSIVE PROSECUTION Over the weekend, I ran across the word “progressive prosecution” on Twitter. I noticed that a number of our younger, recently elected District Attorneys (DA) were embracing the idea. The group of DAs were Rep [...]

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SKANDALAKIS - LEAVING A LEGACY OF HONOR

SKANDALAKIS – LEAVING A LEGACY OF HONOR At the end of this year, Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney (DA) Peter “Pete” John Skandalakis will be leaving the office he has held for 25 years to become the executive director of [...]

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SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS OUTDOORS

SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS OUTDOORS We were created to naturally yearn for the outdoors. In ancient times, people spent a lot more time outdoors than in their homes. Shelter was a necessity for survival, a place for family, and a place to eat meals. < [...]

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THE FIVE HOLIDAY CRIMES

THE FIVE HOLIDAY CRIMES Most police officers will tell you that crime rates tend to increase in the months of November and December. Why? It is the holiday season. People’s habits change during this time of year. Leaving town, more adul [...]

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ORIGINALISM VS. "LIVING DOCUMENT"

ORIGINALISM VS. “LIVING DOCUMENT” In 1775, The Revolutionary War between the Colonies and Britain began. In 1788, the Constitution became the undisputed law of the land after New Hampshire became the ninth and last state required to a [...]

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PLEASE, NO SMOKING GENERAL EISENHOWER

PLEASE, NO SMOKING GENERAL EISENHOWER During World War II, the United States was a “united nation.” Men and women of all races, classes, and political views were firmly behind FDR; our greatest war president in history. In 1943, [...]

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WEST GEORGIA AUTISM FOUNDATION VIDEO

Pls watch this 3 minute documentary and share with as many friends as possible. https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https://vimeo.com/238423952&h=ATOH76NmcjsZG7m0ua7SzBM1WKNogk1LKXlPNH3VR7Elu9z55_JpnwRr_Qi4qiCNnIai0EiASURn2yjopwGIAOSCuA [...]

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MY GRANDFATHER'S SON

MY GRANDFATHER’S SON I would think that most people can pick out the one person they admire or inspires them the most in their profession, job, or other life’s work. My choice has always been easy; Supreme Court of the United States A [...]

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FIRST AMENDMENT CONSEQUENCES - PART TWO

1ST AMENDMENT CONSEQUENCES – PART TWO Some of you may remember my column from a few months ago about comedian Kathy Griffin, who created a gory scene by holding up a bloody head resembling that of President Donald Trump. I mentio [...]

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UPDATE - WEST GEORGIA AUTISM FOUNDATION

UPDATE - WEST GEORGIA AUTISM FOUNDATION In July, I wrote a column about the founding of the West Georgia Autism Foundation (WGAF). Since then, there have been significant developments that need to be made public. Before I continue, some of y [...]

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THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION

THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION Social media has uncovered the views of millions of people ranging from politics to baking recipes to the guilt or innocence of criminal defendants. I have been surprised by how many people have opinions about guil [...]

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Three Proven Rules of Email

THREE PROVEN RULES OF EMAIL Email is perhaps the most efficient way to communicate in business, personal life, and within organizations. The main benefits are: 1. A written record of communication is saved. If we don’t remember what we [...]

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WHY BRYANT IS STILL REVERED TODAY

WHY BRYANT IS STILL REVERED TODAY I am a Dawg through and through. My father started at free safety for Georgia in the late 1960’s, I cried when Georgia lost to Pitt (Dan Marino) and Penn State (Todd Blackledge) in the early 1980’s, a [...]

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NEW LAW ALLOWS EARLY REMOVAL FROM PROBATION

NEW LAW ALLOWS EARLY REMOVAL FROM PROBATION Senate Bill 174 quietly became law this summer. However, its effect on all Georgians will be felt soon. The part of the bill that will have the biggest impact is now known as OCGA 17-10-1(a)(1)(B); t [...]

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THE ORIGIN OF THE FOURTH AMENDMENT

THE ORIGIN OF THE FOURTH AMENDMENT Today, it is easy to forget where many of our freedoms come from. It is also dangerous to turn a blind eye to history. Civilizations, military commanders, and leaders of nations have ignored history and human beh [...]

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SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN DUI LAW

SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN DUI LAW Drinking and driving is dangerous, hurts and kills people, and is 100 percent avoidable. So, just don’t do it. However, there are drivers arrested across the state everyday who are accused of Drivi [...]

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TEAMS SMILE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

TEAMS SMILE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY TEAM me In 1981, the Georgia Bulldogs won the National Championship. (I know you Auburn and Bama fans get tired of me writing about Georgia. I will lighten up in the next few weeks.) [...]

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THE COWARDICE OF BULLIES

THE COWARDICE OF BULLIES July 1982 – Deep South Georgia. A young boy is riding shotgun with his grandfather in a white Chevrolet pickup. The pickup is distinct because of the brown race stripe on the left side of the truck. This stripe [...]

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CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED There was a time when chivalry and honor were understood by all; even those who lacked one or both. Those were the days when men would die to protect the honor of their family. Men would come to the aid of a lady in distress u [...]

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THE SLEEPING BEAR

THE SLEEPING BEAR In 1979, an epic story about brothers, war, and life in the Montana wilderness was written that no one would hear about until 1994. Some American Indians in the Montanas believe that an encounter with a bear in the wild chan [...]

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THE WEST GEORGIA AUTISM FOUNDATION

THE WEST GEORGIA AUTISM FOUNDATION This is a true story. For the past few months, there has been a “tugging” from the inside to initiate something that I never thought of or believed would gather much interest. But the tugging [...]

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GRATITUDE FOR CAMPUS CARRY

GRATITIDE FOR CAMPUS CARRY The University of West Georgia gave me an opportunity a few years ago to become an adjunct professor in their Criminology Department. Teaching criminal law to future police officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, prob [...]

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MAKING BRENDAN DASSEY

MAKING BRENDAN DASSEY Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have seen the Netflix documentary “Making A Murderer.” This is the true story of the two criminal trials of Steve Avery in Manitowoc Co., Wisconsin. Brendan Dasse [...]

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OUR TWO GREATEST PRESIDENTS

OUR TWO GREATEST PRESIDENTS By placing my own political views aside, I have found the two men who I believe were the best presidents in U.S. history. Interestingly, the two men were different in so many ways. One was born in New York, came f [...]

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THE GIFT OF INTUITION

THE GIFT OF INTUITION This Spring, Officer Chad Taylor was the guest speaker for my criminal law class at the University of West Georgia. I had no idea how animated his presentation would be. He engaged the students with demonstrations of dangero [...]

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1ST AMENDMENT IS NOT FREEDOM FROM CONSEQUENCES

1ST AMENDMENT IS NOT FREEDOM FROM CONSEQUENCES Some of you are aware of the stunt pulled by comedian Kathy Griffin, who desperately needed to gain exposure for her declining comedy career, recently during a photo shoot. Well, she certainly go [...]

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GUN CASE IN THE JAYHAWK STATE

GUN CASE IN THE JAYHAWK STATE Mac Pilgrim runs across some of the most interesting information. This week, he texted me a column from a newspaper in Kansas. The issue in the column is not well known today; but I expect it will receive widesprea [...]

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WHY TRUMP WILL NOT BE IMPEACHED

WHY TRUMP WILL NOT BE IMPEACHED As the allegations of misconduct by President Trump are constantly in the news, the word “impeachment” gets tossed around, implying that he is on the verge of being removed from office. While some c [...]

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POLICE BODY CAMERAS SOON TO BECOME THE NORM

Nevada likely to become second state to require police body cameras By Tom James "Police officers in the state of Nevada may soon be required to wear body cameras under a measure that was sent on Thursday to Governor Brian Sandoval for his [...]

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FIVE HISTORICAL PILLARS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

FIVE HISTORICAL PILLARS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE Since the time of ancient civilizations, criminal laws have been distinctive for the grave consequences a member of a society or culture would face if he or she violated a law. With the exception of most [...]

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FROM GANGSTER TO LEGAL WARRIOR

FROM GANGSTER TO LEGAL WARRIOR David Lee Windecher is a friend, fellow criminal defense attorney, and brother in Christ. But, the man you see today is almost unrecognizable to the teen who was headed down the dark path of crime and perpetual inca [...]

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MY VISIT WITH JUDGE CYNTHIA ADAMS

MY VISIT WITH JUDGE CYNTHIA C. ADAMS As I have mentioned many times, my favorite columns are the “interview columns” when I get to visit with a newly elected or appointed public servant and introduce them to the broad community. Last [...]

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THE TRUE SUPERHEROES

THE TRUE SUPERHEROES I grew up believing that football players, successful businessmen, and President Ronald Reagan defined the American hero. While I still love college football, appreciate the economic impact of strong business, and put the  [...]

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GEORGIA'S BROADENED MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL - 2017

GEORGIA’S BROADENED MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL An expansion of Georgia’s medical marijuana law passed on Thursday, March 30th 2017 from the state Senate, sending the bill to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature. He is expected to sign th [...]

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CROSS THE RUBICON

CROSS THE RUBICON 49 B.C. – Roman Province of Gaul Gaius Julias Caesar, the military governor of Gaul (an area covering most of modern day France) is encamped with his massive 13th Legion on the southern border of Gaul which touches north [...]

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HEALING FAMILIES AT THE KENTUCKY DERBY

HEALING FAMILIES AT THE KENTUCKY DERBY On May 6, 2017, the Carroll County Bar Association will be hosting the 1st Annual Kentucky Derby Fundraising Gala beginning at 4:30 PM at The Barn at Sierra Springs, 1075 Old Four Notch Road, Whitesburg, GA [...]

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LAWYERS SERVE TODAY

LAWYERS SERVE TODAY I have heard my share of lawyer jokes over the years. They are some of my favorite jokes. We get our share of public criticism too. While some of this may be deserved, the clear majority of criticism is misplaced. The leg [...]

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A VISIT WITH LYNN WESTMORELAND

A VISIT WITH LYNN WESTMORELAND On Wednesday, Congressman Lynn Westmoreland spoke to the Carroll County Bar Association (CCBA). After deciding not to seek a 7th term representing the 3rd Congressional District of Georgia, which includes a large pa [...]

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THE MISUNDERSTOOD CRIME OF STALKING

In Georgia, criminal laws are often misunderstood or just ignored. The laws addressing the act of stalking should not be in that category. Many good men and women go to jail because of stalking and the most serious version of this type of offense, ag [...]

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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 slightly shift the Court to the right or left. But, [...]

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THE MOST POWERFUL HUMAN ADVERSARY

THE MOST POWERFUL HUMAN ADVERSARY I have practiced long enough to watch children grow into adults and forge their own paths. It is pleasing to see so many thriving young people in our community. But, because of the nature of my practice, I also [...]

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IMPLIED CONSENT IN DUI CASES

IMPLIED CONSENT IN DUI CASES There is a fair amount of confusion regarding what is called implied consent (IC) in DUI investigations. First, as I always point out, there is a very simple rule that if followed can avoid 100% of DUI arrests. If you [...]

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MY INTERVIEW WITH OUR CONGRESSMAN DREW FERGUSON

MY INTERVIEW WITH OUR CONGRESSMAN DREW FERGUSON This week, I had the opportunity to interview our freshman Congressman from the 3rd Congressional District of Georgia, Drew Ferguson IV. The 3rd Congressional District is arguably the most conse [...]

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NO MORE RESOLUTIONS

NO MORE RESOLUTIONS It is sad, frustrating, and annual that most people, including me, cannot keep their New Year’s Resolution(s). People have, for example, been determined to quit eating sugar, get more exercise, quit smoking, or make othe [...]

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