Category: Law

Failing to show for jury duty has consequences

This week’s Courier Herald column: In January of 2015, Bud and June Runion left their Marietta home for a short day trip to McRae Georgia in Telfair County.  Their 200-mile day trip was to look at a vintage Ford Mustang convertible advertised on Craigslist.  Instead of purchasing a car, prosecutors say that the grandparents were

A Belated Free Speech Victory in Georgia

Better late than never. A U.S. District Judge has ruled that a previous Savannah ordinance requiring tour guides to pass a test and be licensed was unconstitutional. The ruling came down Monday from Judge William T. Moore Jr. despite the fact that the ordinance was reversed by the council in 2015 after the lawsuit was

Gov. Kemp Implements Overhaul of Sexual Harassment Policies

Georgia’s executive branch has taken meaningful early steps to curb sexual harassment in the workplace, affecting approximately 80,000 government workers and the citizens who interact with them. On Gov. Brian Kemp’s first day in office, he signed an Executive Order that will change the state’s sexual harassment policies. On Wednesday, Gov. Kemp announced he would

Why the State Can’t Just Takeover the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

In December, the Senate Study Committee released its findings regarding a potential takeover of the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The Senators supported a state takeover, citing management structural issues with a city managed airport, a federal bribery scandal engulfing Atlanta and a Federal Aviation Authority probe into Atlanta’s misuse of airport funds. Now, those Senators are gearing

Emory Law Professor’s Use of the “n-word” Shows Something Deeper

Recently, a professor at Emory Law School was accused of using the n-word during class while discussing a case.  The school did not fire the professor, but they did order-in some Starbucks-type unconscious bias training.  Pressure by students on this issue forced the school to deal with a deeper issue that using the n-word makes

Supreme Court Decisions Have Georgia Impact

This week’s Courier Herald column: The surprise retirement announcement from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has served to remind us once again that there is a third and equal branch of government to the ones that get most of the coverage in political columns such as this. His announcement came as the court ended its