Georgia Supreme Court

Georgia Supreme Court allows couple to pursue case of sperm donor ‘fraud’

BY: - September 28, 2020

A Georgia couple can continue its lawsuit against the Atlanta-based sperm bank that helped them conceive a son, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday, allowing them to pursue claims the donor lied about his mental and criminal history. The high court partially reversed a ruling by a Fulton County Superior Court judge and the Georgia […]

Prosecutor calls for high court to reject officers’ immunity from 2017 death

BY: - August 13, 2020

A prosecutor argued before the Georgia Supreme Court Thursday that three sheriff’s deputies should make self-defense claims at trial instead of having immunity for the 2017 death of a 58-year-old mentally ill man they came across walking along a Washington County highway. Middle Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Kelly Weathers said that a judge wrongly […]

Georgia Supreme Court to hear case of mentally ill man Tased to death

BY: - August 11, 2020

A case before the Georgia Supreme Court this month could have important implications for how police officers are held accountable when they kill while on the job. The question here is how Georgia’s stand your ground law applies to law enforcement. On a blisteringly hot day in July 2017, Helen Gilbert called 911 in Washington County, […]

Georgia courts clogged by pandemic brace for state budget squeeze

BY: - June 2, 2020

The wheels of justice could turn even more slowly in Georgia soon, as state budget cuts could mean fewer prosecutors and public defenders and lengthy furloughs for judges, even as a logjam of cases continues to pile up while in-person hearings are on hold due to coronavirus-containment restrictions. People are spending months in jail waiting […]

Ga. Supreme Court rejects bid to force election to replace outgoing justice

BY: - May 15, 2020

Gov. Brian Kemp’s future appointee to the Georgia Supreme Court can serve without running for election until 2022, following a 6-2 decision from the high court issued Thursday.  The ruling went against former U.S. Rep. John Barrow and former state Rep. Beth Beskin, who tried to force an election to replace Justice Keith Blackwell before […]

Ga. Supreme Court considers allowing some court cases to proceed online

BY: - May 6, 2020

Georgia could move some non-jury civil trials proceedings online or over broadcast for half a year to ease an expected backlog created by fears the new coronavirus could spread during hearings in crowded courtrooms. The Georgia Supreme Court is considering a rule proposed by the Georgia Council of Superior Court Judges to allow video conferencing […]

Court battles escalate to force election to replace Justice Blackwell

BY: - April 2, 2020

The battle over whether Gov. Brian Kemp or voters should determine who fills a Georgia Supreme Court justice seat is spilling over into federal court after a former chief justice’s widow and two others sued Georgia’s Secretary of State this week. The U.S. District Court lawsuit says Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger violated state law […]

Senate to consider bill to extend use of ankle monitors for sex offenders

BY: - March 16, 2020

State lawmakers scrambled last year to close a loophole after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state was unconstitutionally requiring some sex offenders to wear ankle monitors after they completed their sentence. Last week, Georgia House members sent House Bill 720 for the Senate to review just before the 2020 legislative session was suspended. It passed […]

House committee wants to restore lengthy GPS monitoring for sex offenders

BY: - March 5, 2020

Georgia legislation that would lead to a lifetime sentence for people convicted of at least two felony sexual offenses moved through a House committee on Thursday. State Rep. Steven Sainz filed House Bill 720 in response to a state Supreme Court ruling in 2019 that found it unconstitutional for law enforcement agencies to force sex […]

Georgia bill intended to limit jury awards nears Senate floor debate

BY: - March 4, 2020

A state Senate panel approved a bill Tuesday that would give businesses more protections from lawsuits and damage awards. Senate Bill 415 by state Sen. Steve Gooch, a Dahlonega Republican, packages together recommendations from a summer state Senate study committee on the legal costs of doing business.  The bill, one of two Gooch has filed […]

Justice Clarence Thomas helps dedicate state’s new judicial center

BY: - February 12, 2020

A U.S. Supreme Court justice was welcomed back to his home state Tuesday by Georgia dignitaries and others gathered at the most expensive government building ever erected in the state. Associate Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the keynote speech at the dedication of the Nathan Deal Judicial Center. The south Georgia native known as the quiet […]

Former governor gets sneak peek at new namesake judicial center

BY: - January 30, 2020

The new home for the state’s two highest courts provides more space to breathe than their old perch down the street and adds long-overdue security upgrades, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton said during a tour of the new place Wednesday. The state’s Supreme Court and Court of Appeals will now mete out justice […]