The Other Man’s Shoes

“There is no client as scary as an innocent man.” Michael Connelly – The Lincoln Lawyer – I thought that since my prosecutor friends and colleagues are having a good time down in Jekyll Island, Ga for their annual conference, I could sneak this column in this...

The Man From Oak Park

A child was born on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois who would later have a significant impact on the world. This morning, I had the opportunity to interview a most gracious man who is now 81 years old. Gene was 18 when he met the man from Oak Park. The first...

Navigating A DUI Investigation

Do not drink and drive; even if only one beer was consumed. No one wants to hurt someone else or themselves. No one wants to get arrested, go to jail, risk losing their license, pay huge fines, have insurance go through the roof, and perhaps even lose a great job.If a...

GUILT BY ASSOCIATION

“You are justified in avoiding people who send you from their presence with less hope and strength to cope with life’s problems than when you met them.”  Ella Wheeler Wilcox Summer – 1982 – Carrollton, Ga. – 11:30 am – Two boys walk to a convenience store...

CONFRONTING FEAR

Ten years ago, I wrote a column on the aspect of fear and hope in our lives. I also mentioned that a minister delivered a message that got my attention.  The minister said that Satan has a shed where he keeps his tools of evil. Addiction, depression, hate, disloyalty,...

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DA

While police officers are the first line of defense in keeping Georgians safe in our homes, roads, and schools, District Attorneys (DA) are tasked with prosecuting the people accused of violating the criminal laws of this state. The DA and the criminal defense...

Mental Health Courts Rising

In prior columns, I have praised Governor Nathan Deal for his bold and courageous efforts in advocating for the need of mental health courts across our state. Despite him having to leave office because of term limits, leaders in the General Assembly have taken up his...

GA’s Youthful Offender Act

John was 17 years old in 1969.  He was somewhat rebellious, reckless, and always got caught.  One Friday afternoon in the late, hot afternoon in August of 1969, he was arrested for possessing marijuana.  At 17 years of age, John went to prison.  Instead of being...

The Former Dentist from Georgia

Most people have either seen the movie, Tombstone, read a book about the O.K. Corral, or have some knowledge of the main character in the story; Dr. John Henry “Doc” Holliday who was a gambler, gunfighter, former dentist, and close friend and associate of...

Georgia’s New Voting Law

You may have heard that not everyone was happy when our General Assembly in Georgia overhauled the existing election protocol with the passage of SB 202. The push for election reform came after Joe Biden was declared the winner over President Donald Trump by a narrow...