Georgia's highest court has sided with the national Episcopal Church in a property dispute with the oldest church in Georgia. The Georgia Supreme Court voted 6-to-1 to uphold a lower court's October 2009 ruling confirming the national Episcopal Church's claim to historic Christ Church in Savannah. The dispute arose after members of the local congregation decided in 2007 to leave the Episcopal Church, which they said was straying from Biblical teachings.
Georgia's Supreme Court is set to review an appeal by four members of a suicide group charged with helping a cancer-stricken man kill himself. They argue that Georgia's statute on assisted suicide is unconstitutional because they say it violates their rights to free speech, equal protection and due process.
Georgia Supreme Court Justices say, they'll hear a case testing how much protection property owners have from claims stemming from attacks of wild animals. The case comes from the heirs of a woman eaten by an alligator in 2007 at The Landings. It's a private residential community on the marshes near Savannah.
Georgia Supreme Court Justices are putting off a decision in one of their most high-profile cases. Court-watchers say the delay in the charter school commission case is highly unusual but doesn't hint as to how the court will decide. The case will settle the hot question of who has final authority to approve charter schools in Georgia.
Former state court judge Brooks Blitch III and former federal judge Jack Camp were among several judges who stained the image of the Georgia judiciary in recent years. The Georgia Supreme Court now has revoked Blitch's license to practice law and accepted Camp's voluntary surrender of his license.
Georgia's highest court has ruled that a criminal defendent has a right to an interpreter at trial if he or she doesn't speak good English. The 5-to-4 decision came in the case of a Mandarin speaker convicted of cruelty to children. Annie Ling will get a new trial because she doesn't speak English well and her lawyer didn't secure an interpreter.
The incumbent is facing his first election since being appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue. His main challenger has mounted an aggressive campaign aimed squarely at the incumbent's integrity. His other challenger is nowhere to be found.