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...

GEORGIA STRIPS CITIZEN’S ARREST LAW

As expected, the current law governing citizen’s arrests was significantly altered by the General Assembly. HB 479 will repeal the portion of the law that allows a private person to arrest someone if that person witnessed, or was told about, a crime, or if someone...

Homicide, Murder and Manslaughter

HOMICIDE, MURDER, AND MANSLAUGHTER  “There is a big difference between manslaughter and first-degree murder.”— Laura Hall Unlawful killings in Georgia consist of a wide range of circumstances.  Any unlawful killing of another person is referred to as a...

What is Crimmigration Law?

When I think of immigration in America, the scene from The Godfather Part II comes to mind.  Young Vito Andolini has escaped assassins in Sicily, sails to America, and stands in line at an immigration station in New York Harbor.  The immigration officer...