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AG Olens Appoints Statewide Human Trafficking Prosecutor

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:25

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has tapped a veteran Fulton County prosecutor to lead a statewide effort to crack down on human trafficking.


Appeals Court Halts Becker's Order Releasing DeKalb School Convicts

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:13

The state Court of Appeals has halted the release of two defendants in the DeKalb County school corruption case whose convictions were reversed Monday by a trial court judge.


Have the Money Talk With Associates

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:10

Employees and shareholders want to know how their companies are performing financially. Associates also care—or should care—about the financial health of their own law firm.


Ex-Ala. Attorney Sentenced for Stealing from Client

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 09:50

A former Selma attorney has been sentenced for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a client.


Lawyers Puzzle Over Ping-Pong Rulings From Appeals Court and Becker

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:30

Ping-pong rulings between the Court of Appeals and a DeKalb County judge over cases in the DeKalb school construction scandal are fascinating, said a veteran criminal defense attorney watching the action.


Arbitration Nets Family $3.9M From Broker That Employed Suspended Lawyer

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:30

Three generations of a Georgia family that had invested their life savings with an Atlanta investment broker and former sports agent have won a $3.9 million arbitration award from the Marietta brokerage firm that held the license under which he operated.


Medical Center Considers Appeal of $8M Verdict Over Baby's Brain Damage

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 04:25

Northeast Georgia Medical Center is considering whether to appeal the $8.45 million verdict returned by a Hall County jury last week in a trial over a baby who suffered severe brain damage after birth.


Ex-Ethics Commission Lawyer Files New Suit Against Agency

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:30

Comments by Holly LaBerge, above, are at issue in a new suit brought by an attorney for Georgia's campaign ethics agency who was fired and later settled her whistleblower retaliation claims against the state for $477,000.


Janet Napolitano Calls for Immigration Reform, Ebola Screening and 'Yes Means Yes' Laws in UGA Speech

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:30

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano told University of Georgia law students Monday about the need for immigration reform, Ebola screening protocols and improved rape laws.


Challenges to Franchise Model Put ShelfGenie GC to the Test

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:00

Jeremy Liebman is general counsel for ShelfGenie Franchise Systems, a company specializing in custom-designed accessibility solutions such as glide-out shelving.


Judge Frustrated at Slow Pace of Cheating Trial

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:30

The judge overseeing Atlanta's school cheating trial is expressing frustration with the slow pace of testimony.


Bar President Offers Congratulations to Judges on Election to Family Violence Commission

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:00

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney and DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson on their recent election as officers of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.


DeKalb DA Suggests Judge Reversed Convictions to Retaliate Against Appeals Court

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 05:50

The DeKalb County district attorney's office suggested that the judge who suddenly reversed two major convictions in a school contracting scandal did so as a way to get back at a Court of Appeals panel that criticized her handling of a related case.


Judge Dismisses Voter Registration Suit

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 05:40

A Fulton County judge has turned aside a lawsuit asserting that Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and three Georgia counties are failing to properly register tens of thousands of voters for the November election, ruling that the agencies have provided evidence that they are already complying with the law.


Jury Doesn't Buy Alibi but Acquits on Murder Charges

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 04:40

A recent acquittal in a Fulton County murder trial shows that victories in the criminal defense arena are relative.


More Drug Cases Involving Ferguson Officer Dropped

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 04:00

A review by county prosecutors of drug arrests involving the Ferguson police officer who killed an unarmed, black 18-year-old in a separate incident has led to the dismissal of a half-dozen felony cases.


Judge's Reversal of DeKalb School Corruption Convictions Sparks Flurry of Motions from DA

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:15

DeKalb County prosecutors have filed a flurry of motions within the 24 hours since Superior Court Judge Cynthia J. Becker issued an order reversing the convictions of two defendants in a school district corruption case.


Sheriff: 2 Shot Outside NC Courthouse on Lockdown

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 01:25

A sheriff says two men have been shot outside a North Carolina courthouse and have non-life-threatening wounds.


Investment Adviser Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 01:00

A former Georgia investment adviser was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday for committing fraud that fueled a bank's collapse, cost investors millions of dollars and turned the accused banker into a fugitive who was ultimately — and mistakenly — declared dead.


Transgender Lawyer in Texas Embraces Change

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:20

When lawyer Katie Sprinkle works at the Frank Crowley Courts Building, she occasionally runs into an acquaintance who, trying to place her, asks whether she has a brother who once worked in the public defender's office.