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6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Georgia's Highest Court Regulates Attorney Advertising

Credit Supreme Court of Georgia

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.

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Local
11:59 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Georiga State Supreme Court Overturns 'Sexting' Charge

Atlanta-based criminal defense attorney Steve Scarborough says the state’s high court (above) had no choice but to overturn the criminal charge.
Credit Georgia Supreme Court

  This week, the Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously reversed a Cherokee County court’s ruling.

The state’s high court threw out criminal charges against a man for sending an unsolicited nude photo through a cell phone.

WABE’s Rose Scott has more on the ruling.

In December of 2012, Charles Leo Warren, III sent a text message via cell phone to Shari Watson.

That text message contained a photo of Warren’s tattooed genitals.

According to authorities it was an unsolicited picture.

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Warren Lee Hill, Jr. Case
4:32 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Attorneys Ask Georgia Supreme Court to Strike Down Execution Drug Secrecy Law

Warren Lee Hill, Jr., is on death row for killing a fellow inmate, Joseph Handspike, while both were incarcerated at a state prison in Lee County in 1990.

  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.

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Politics
3:30 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Georgia’s Top Judge Troubled By Lack Of Legal Aid For The Poor

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugh Thompson
Credit Ga. House of Reps.

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.

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Local
4:42 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Court Sides with State, Kia in Open Records Battle

Credit Nick NeSmith/WABE

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.

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Local
4:58 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Georgia High Court Sides With Charter Schools in Pension Funding Fight

Credit Nick NeSmith/WABE

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.

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"The 5:44" with Denis O'Hayer
8:28 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

After the Voting Rights Act Ruling: Macon Readies for Elections

Charles Richardson, editorial page editor of the Macon Telegraph
Credit Macon Telegraph

  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.

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WABE News
10:31 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Ga. Supreme Court Upholds Former Sheriff Deputy's Murder Conviction

Derrick Yancey was found guilty of murdering his wife and a day laborer. The Ga Supreme Court has upheld the convictions.
Credit Courtesy: CNN

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.

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"The 5:44" with Denis O'Hayer
8:15 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

New State Supreme Court Opinion Could Mean Big, Expensive Changes to State Public Defender System

Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta), Ga. House Minority Leader
Credit Georgia General Assembly

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.

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WABE News
4:09 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Supreme Court of Georgia Accepts Federal Request for Guidance on DeKalb School Board Case

The Supreme Court of Georgia
Credit Supreme Court of Georgia

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.

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Developing
3:43 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Two Courts Issue Stays Of Execution For Hill

Warren Lee Hill, Jr.
Credit Georgia Department of Corrections

Updated 7:10pm

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.

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"The 5:44" with Denis O'Hayer
7:11 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Calls on Legislature to Pass Juvenile Justice Reform

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.
Credit Denis O'Hayer/WABE News

  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.

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"The 5:44" with Denis O'Hayer
7:48 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

State Supreme Court's New Rulings on Crime and Punishment: A Talk with WABE Legal Analyst Page Pate

WABE legal analyst Page Pate, an Atlanta criminal defense attorney

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.  

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Politics
9:50 am
Sun June 3, 2012

Deal to fill Georgia Supreme Court seat

Governor Nathan Deal
Georgia.gov

One of Governor Nathan Deal's next big appointments involves the Georgia Supreme Court. On Friday, Deal received the names of seven people recommended for a soon to be vacant seat on the state’s highest court.

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