LAW SEALS CRIMINAL HISTORY

One of the most important and frequent questions people ask me is why they cannot get a job even though they avoided a conviction under Georgia’s First Offender Act. When a defendant enters a plea to a criminal offense, the conviction is reported to the Georgia Crime...

THE TWO IMPEACHMENTS

I suppose the first time I heard the term “articles of impeachment”, I was a 1st year law student at Mercer University. Little did I know; the nation was about to be educated on the matter and witness the impeachment of a president. Article I of the United States...

ROE IN THE CROSSHAIRS

Since the year I was born, Roe v. Wade has been the most controversial legal case in the United States. In general, the case holds that unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion is unconstitutional. While Roe has been challenged many times, it has not been...

WHAT IS A MISTRIAL?

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won. Sir Winston Churchill. I have mentioned in the past that preparing for trial is similar to preparing for a football game. The players are ready. The game plan is strategically formed. Everyone is counting down to kickoff....

LAWYERING CAN BE DANGEROUS WORK

I shall not rest until every German sees that it is a shameful thing to be a lawyer. Adolf Hitler. Since the day the concept of “lawyer” came into being, many in the public have viewed lawyers in a negative light. Hundreds of thousands of lawyer jokes have been told...

NO ONE LIMITS HALEY

Telling a child that he or she is limited in what they can do in life is committing a crime of the highest order. West Georgia resident. People never expected Haley Moss to be able to handle a minimum wage job. Though, people can oftentimes be wrong. When Haley was...

CREATIVE SENTENCING

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by prior belief. Gerry Spence. One undeniable truth is that the dynamics in every criminal case are different. That is one of the reasons I love my job so much. In the last decade, Georgia has led the way in...

RED TIDE RISING

February – 1848 – London, England Atheist and socialist Karl Marx and his friend, Frederick Engels, publish their radical and violent political book, The Communist Manifesto. The new ideas in this book would transform the world and facilitate the deaths of millions....

REPUTATION AND CHARACTER

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost. When health is lost, something is lost. When character is lost, all is lost. Reverend Billy Graham. We all have character traits; both good and bad. While our character is deeply ingrained within us, we can choose to ask God to...

NO GUARANTEE OF PAINLESS EXECUTION

The day after I watched The Green Mile, my view on capital punishment became conflicted. One scene that got my attention was when John Coffey began “walkin’ the mile” (walking toward the execution chamber). Another part of the movie that got my attention was when...