THE SPIRIT OF THE HARVEST MOON

As I finish this column, I am sitting high in a white oak tree on the border of Alabama and Georgia overlooking a fallow field surrounded by a forest. I am bow hunting. I am also experiencing the peace that comes from being in God’s natural creation. This weekend, I...

MY INTERVIEW WITH JUDGE MARKETTE BAKER

Eight years ago, I did not know Troup County Solicitor General Markette Baker. One day, after agreeing to represent a client in Troup State Court, where she was the chief prosecutor, we met through email. My client was accused of an act of family violence. There were...

THE GAMEFACE MASK

When we go throughout our day, we see hundreds of people who appear happy, confident, and loving life. Many, if not every one of us, wear what I have often called a “gameface” to create this illusion. Our gameface is a mask that we wear before we leave the house in...

THE HARM OF DETENTION BEFORE TRIAL

Unfortunately, keeping a person who has been accused of a felony offense in jail until their trial is more common than you may think. Anyone can be accused of a crime. To be arrested for an alleged crime, a police officer must obtain an arrest warrant based on the...

TRUTH ABOUT GUN FREE ZONES

“We cannot expect that everyone, to use the phrase of the decade ago, will “talk sense to the American people” but we can hope that fewer will listen to nonsense.” President John Fitzgerald Kennedy Two more mass public shootings erupted recently in El Paso, TX and...

DEAL’S LEGACY BEING HONORED

When former Governor Nathan Deal left office because of term limits, many people across the state believed that his legacy, criminal justice reform, left with him. They were wrong. This year, lawmakers introduced several reform measures that have already been signed...

CONCERT ON THE FARM

In September, the excitement of college football, the blessings of music, and the coming of the Fall are in the air. It is a time of celebration and gathering with others by grills, stadiums, and farms across Georgia. The West Georgia Autism Foundation has been...

JUSTICE GORSUCH DEFINES CONSERVATISM

Like all human institutions, the Supreme Court must earn reverence through the test of the truth. — Former Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. For the second time in less than a week, conservative Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) Justice Neil...

WHAT DO THEY THINK?

If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much. Patriot and former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld As I was loading up my small car for vacation last week, my 13 year old son, Jake, asked me why we were not taking the truck. (As some of you know, I have...

THREE MYTHS ABOUT DUIS

There are many aspects of DUI law that are misunderstood. There are also myths that have developed over the years. Of these myths, three seem to be the most widespread in our community: Myth 1: I Am Safe If I Blew Under 0.08 – In most DUI prosecutions when only...