The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the authorization of up to $397 million in bonds to build a new baseball stadium for the Braves in Cobb County.
Three Cobb County residents opposed the authorization and appealed a Cobb County Superior Court ruling approving the bond issuance to the high court.
The unanimous opinion published Monday says an intergovernmental contract used to authorize the bonds is valid, that the issuance of the bonds does not violate Georgia's Constitution or revenue bond laws and that the process used to validate the bonds was not improper.
Hemy Zvi Neuman is escorted into court to be arraigned on murder charges Jan. 5, 2011, in DeKalb, Georgia. Neuman was arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of a businessman who was killed in the parking lot of a Dunwoody preschool minutes after he dropped off his 2-year-old son on Nov. 18, 2010.
J. Tyler Raphael Sheets, center, sits with his adoptive mother, Monica Sheets, right, and Bobbi Jo Lorah, RN, his private-duty nurse who provides care for chronically ill children at home or at school.
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The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether or not in-home care providers are entitled to earning a minimum wage under state law.
In 2013, a group of in-home care providers filed a lawsuit in DeKalb County against the company Southern Home Care Services, a home health care company that employs workers to provide in-home care services to the elderly and those with disabilities.
The workers claimed they weren’t getting paid Georgia’s minimum wage of $5.15 an hour after they factored in the time they traveled during the work day between job sites.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a 1987 Georgia death penalty case in which Floyd County prosecutors are accused of racially discriminating against prospective black jurors.
The nation’s highest court will decide the issue in the case of Timothy Foster, an African-American man sentenced to death by an all-white jury in the 1986 murder of 79-year-old Queen Madge White in Rome, Georgia.
Sarah Turberville is a senior counsel with the non-partisan Constitution Project, which studies death penalty cases like the Foster case.
The Georgia Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a plan to use millions in taxpayer revenue to help build Atlanta Falcons stadium.
The opinion, which the Court published Monday, says the City of Atlanta’s financing structure for the $1.4 billion stadium does not violate the state Constitution. The ruling upheld a decision by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville back in May.
If the Pink Pony wants to remain a totally nude strip club that sells alcohol it will have to relocate. That’s based on a Georgia Supreme Court ruling Monday in favor of the city of Brookhaven. In the ruling, the court upheld a lower court decision dismissing the lawsuit. The strip club sued Brookhaven after the newly created city passed a law last year prohibiting completely naked dancing combined with alcohol.
Pink Pony lawyers Alan Begner, left; Corey Begner and Aubrey Villines listen to oral arguments to the Supreme Court of Georgia Monday in Atlanta over the constitutionality of a Brookhaven ordinance banning the combined sale of alcohol and nude dancing.
Could a recent ruling on the constitutionality of voter ID requirements affect Georgia’s law?
That’s the question after a federal judge in Wisconsin earlier this week struck down a law requiring voters to show a state photo ID at polls, a policy in place in about half the U.S. states, including Georgia.
In his ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Adelman said Wisconsin’s voter ID law violates the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act, adding the law disproportionately affects minority and low-income individuals.
The Supreme Court of Georgia is making changes to the way lawyers are allowed to advertise.
We have all heard the fast-talking ads: “If you’ve been hurt in a car wreck, call me. One call, that’s all.”
But if that fast-talking is too fast to understand, it will no longer be allowed under the new rules of professional conduct ordered by the Supreme Court of Georgia. Also against the new rules: tiny print so small you are unable read it and actors playing lawyers (or clients) without telling you they are actors.
Lawyers for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill, Junior, went before the Supreme Court of Georgia today trying to get the state’s secrecy law about its execution drug ruled unconstitutional.
The law lets state officials withhold all information about the source of the execution drug it plans to use. Hill’s lawyers say they need information to decide whether to mount a claim that the drug might cause needless suffering. The Attorney General’s office argues that the secrecy laws protect the pharmacies.
The chief justice of Georgia’s Supreme Court says it remains too difficult for low-income people to access the courts.
“Georgia’s judicial system is sound and strong for those who can afford a lawyer,” said Chief Justice Hugh Thompson. “Too many Georgians can't afford legal representation and too many go without civil legal services.”
He delivered the message Wednesday before a joint session of the Legislature during the annual State of the Judiciary address.
Thompson said courts are seeing more and more people representing themselves.
The Georgia Supreme Court sided with Gov. Nathan Deal and Kia Motors in an open records battle over hiring documents for a Kia manufacturing plant in West Point. In the lawsuit, several unemployed, union auto workers accused Kia and state officials of creating a screening and hiring process that excluded union workers.
Start-up charter schools in the Atlanta Public School district won’t be required to help the school system pay off more than $500 million dollars in pension debt. That’s after Monday’s unanimous ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Section 4 laid out a formula for deciding the states, including Georgia, that are covered by the pre-clearance rules. That means Georgia had to get pre-approval from the Justice Department for changes to its political subdivisions or election rules.
The Georgia Supreme Court Monday unanimously upheld the murder conviction of former DeKalb Co. Deputy Sheriff Derrick Yancey.
Yancey was convicted in 2010 of shooting to death his wife and a day laborer. Yancey claimed the hired hand shot his wife while stealing money from her, and that he shot the day laborer in self-defense.
But blood spatter evidence, among other clues, pointed to Yancey as the culprit.
He fled the area, and was later found in Belize. Upon his return to Atlanta for trial, a jury found him guilty.
On Monday, April 15, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion that could have major effects on the state's system of providing defense attorneys for impoverished criminal suspects.
The high court ruled that co-defendants charged together in a criminal case could not be sent to the same public defender's office--if one of the lawyers in that office said he or she found a conflict of interest in having the office defend more than one person in the same case.
On Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia accepted federal judge Richard Story’s request to address the question of whether the governor exceeded his authority and violated the state constitution when he removed six members of the DeKalb Board of Education.
Within a half hour of the scheduled 7pm execution of Georgia death row inmate Warren Lee Hill, Jr., two courts issued stays of execution.
In an email to WABE, Brian Kammer, one of Hill’s attorneys, says one stay came from the Georgia Court of Appeals. Kammer says the other came from the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein listens as House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) introduces her for her annual State of the Judiciary speech to a joint session of the Legislature on February 7, 2013.
The Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court urged Georgia lawmakers to move ahead with a major overhaul of the system for treating and punishing young offenders.
In her annual State of the Judiciary address at the State Capitol on Thursday, February 7th, Chief Justice Carol Hunstein said Georgia’s current get-tough approach to young offenders is expensive and ineffective. And she said most kids in trouble have not committed violent crimes.
On Monday, Feb. 4, the Georgia Supreme Court issued two major opinions on crime and punishment. Both decisions were unanimous.
One upheld the state's process of changing the drugs it uses in executions. The other decision dismissed the charges against a man accused of the kidnapping, sexual abuse, and murder of a young girl. The Supreme Court found the suspect's right to a speedy trial had been violated.