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...

LEGAL COMMUNITY PROVIDES HOPE

“There is hope to be found.  You just have to look for it.  It is there to be seen.  And, in that hope, we will find strength; the strength to endure what lies ahead, strength in our community, and collective hope with each other.  That hope, the hope that you can...

AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

We are at war with a virus that is testing the fortitude and faith of our nation and the world.  During this time, it is easy to forget about other significant issues that affect our society.  Autism is one of those issues.  One of the primary functions of the...

KNOWLEDGE REDUCES FEAR

“Providing adequate representation, even for defendants who appear guilty, is the best way to protect those who are not.” ― Deborah L Rhode The Framers of the U.S. Constitution were extremely concerned about the rights of the individual. They were born into a world of...

AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”  President Harry S. Truman As I am writing this column, the number of global coronavirus cases surpassed 300,000 with more than 13,000...

CHIPPING AWAY AT ROE v WADE

On Jan 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, struck down the Texas law banning abortion, effectively legalizing the procedure nationwide. In a majority opinion written by Justice Harry Blackmun, the Court declared that a woman’s right to an...

SHARPEN WORK SKILLS THROUGH ADVENTURE

Every year, I take a “mini-vacation” in the middle of March.  I spend a few days at the hunting camp in Meriwether County pursuing the Eastern Wild Turkey.  Turkey hunting is one of my passions.  It is also challenging, strategy based, and requires the hunter to make...

BODY LANGUAGE AND CREDIBILITY IN COURT

Testifying in front of a jury is one of the most stressful situations a person can experience.  Witnesses, particularly a defendant or alleged victim, are under unforgiving scrutiny.  Below are the most common ways our bodies can undermine what we actually say....

DECLINE FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS

First, never drink and drive. If you choose to drink, stay home or make sure that you have a designated driver. We want for our community to be as safe as possible. Both sober and intoxicated drivers are pulled over by law enforcement every day.  While most...

TRIAL BY COMBAT

Recently, a Kansas man involved in a custody case made a suggestion that startled the lawyers and the judge.  He requested a trial by combat.  He got the idea from a 2016 case out of New York, in which a lawyer also requested a trial by combat. In that case, Richard...