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...

AUTISM AWARENESS RISING

I have always thought that naming months after things, causes, or parts of life to draw attention to something was ineffective. What about the other 11 months out of the year? It was not until I saw the critical need to make our people aware of autism and its effect...

HUMILITY SERVES US WELL

1981-Peoples Republic of China – Hunan Province In a small city in the southern part of China, Liuyang, a baby girl was born in August 12. Her father, a pediatrician, and her mother, a schoolteacher, raised Bingzi Hu with love, a sense of self respect, and humility....

DUI RULING HAS HUGE IMPACT

Recently, in Elliot v. State, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued a unanimous decision preventing a DUI defendant’s refusal to take a breath test from being used as evidence at trial. Before the ruling, prosecutors could introduce evidence that the driver refused to...

ET TU, BRUTE?

“Beware, General. The armies have vanquished your enemies. But, those closest to you await the Ides of March.” The Roman Oracle Spurinna.  45 BC – Rome – Julius Caesar had just assumed power after crossing the River Rubicon and fighting his way from...

SCOTUS PROTECTS PROPERTY RIGHT

SCOTUS PROTECTS PROPERTY RIGHT. For decades, state and local governments have looked to something called a civil in rem forfeiture as a funding mechanism. Here, property used in connection with the commission of a crime can be seized and forfeited. Afterwards, the...

FACEBOOK EVIDENCE – PART II

FACEBOOK EVIDENCE – PART II. In 2016, I wrote a column warning people about their use of social media, like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. At the time, lawyers were using these social media outlets in their cases. The same can be said for today. However, the...