GEORGIA’S NEW HATE CRIMES LAW

On June 26th, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill that creates new protections for victims of bias-motivated crimes in Georgia.  House Bill 426 (HB 426) will become a law on July 1st. The bill had overwhelming bi-partisan support. The full Senate approved the hate...

RETURN TO THE CANYON

 “Some men yearn to revisit their past.  They either return to places of fear or to places that forged their character.”  Author Unknown Today, the United States is facing the most intense challenges in decades. However, the people of our Republic will not fail in...

THE GIFT OF FEAR

“Intuition is always right in at least two important ways; it is always in response to something.  It always has your best interest at heart”― Gavin De Becker – The Gift of Fear A couple of years ago, Officer Chad Taylor was the guest speaker for my criminal law...

AN UPDATE ON YOUR COURTS

As of today, June 7th, 2020, the COVID-19 virus (C19) has killed over two thousand people in Georgia and has disrupted our entire society.  The legal system is no exception. There are alleged victims, defendants, civil litigants, and thousands of others across Georgia...

A WITNESS TO PEACE

“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.”  Martin Luther King Jr. This is one of my favorite historical quotes because this truth came from a brave warrior who espoused...

THE MOST POWERFUL HUMAN ACT

Dallas, Texas – October 2, 2019 – Amber Guyger has just pleaded guilty to shooting and killing Botham Jean in his apartment and is awaiting sentencing.  Sentencing hearings are the most challenging, emotional, and painful court appearances in the practice...

THE BRITISH BULLDOG

 “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” Johnny Cash November 1914 –...

THE WARRIOR IN THE ARENA

” The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.” General Norman Schwarzkopf General Schwarzkopf, one of the most distinguished military commanders in history, was right on target.  God’s calling, our intuition,...

OUR SOLDIERS’ COURT IN THE COWETA CIRCUIT

November 12, 2015 – Newnan, Georgia – Coweta County Justice Center A ceremony is taking place early in the morning.  The purpose is to honor veterans in Georgia and across the United States and to celebrate the opening of the Veterans Treatment Court...

LANE IS THE CHOICE FOR JUDGE

After many years of honorable service, Judge Robert Sullivan is retiring as the State Court Judge of Carroll County. I have appeared before him on a regular basis for 17 years. He is one of the most fair, intelligent, and community driven judges in our state. He will...