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...

Consequences

God gave us the great freedom of choice.  But, He did not give us the freedom from the consequences of our choice.  Author Unknown The criminal justice system is primarily based on laws that punish betrayal and dishonesty.  Sometimes, poor choices present the...

Safehouse and the Opioid Crisis

There is nothing more difficult than to call a mother of a client and tell her that her son is dead because of a heroin overdose.  Last year, I had to make two of these phone calls.  I will never forget the responses from the mothers.  In west Georgia, the opioid...

President Trump’s Problems in Georgia

“Calmness is the Cradle of Power.” – Josiah Gilbert Holland I voted for President Trump twice.  Over the past four years, he has protected our nation, successfully appointed three excellent Supreme Court of the United States justices, and managed the economy very...

Thank you, Chief Justice Melton

The man who has led the courts through COVID-19 will be retiring from the Supreme Court of Georgia on July 1, 2021.  Chief Justice Harold Melton said that he doesn’t yet know what he will do next, but that he is exploring opportunities “for the next season...

Blame vs. Personal Responsibility

 “When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that three of his fingers are pointing at himself.”  Author Unknown As humans with character defects, we naturally want to blame other people for mistakes, circumstances, and problems.  This is a...