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...

RE-ENTRY IS CRITICAL

In recent years, re-entry coalitions have been created all across the country. In general, a re-entry coalition is an organization functioning on a local level that: assists parolees reintegrate into society; helps to reduce the recidivism rate (rate of repeat...

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...