The U.S. Supreme Court blindsided many by refusing to even consider re–instating a ban on same–sex marriages in five states. GPB's Michael Caputo discussed how the decision impacts gay couples with Tanya Washington associate professor of law at Georgia State University. Get the full interview.
Georgia officials have chosen the attorneys who will represent the state in the ongoing “water war” between Georgia and Florida. Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens announced Monday that they appointed Seth Waxman of WilmerHale and Chris Landau and Craig Primis of Kirkland & Ellis LLP to head up the legal effort.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the case of a Georgia death row inmate whose lawyers say he is mentally disabled and shouldn't be executed. Warren Hill's lawyers asked the Supreme Court in May for a review after three doctors who initially said Hill was not mentally disabled changed their opinions.
Civil rights leader Joseph Lowery is scheduled to speak in Atlanta during the launch a nationwide campaign to preserve and expand voting rights. Lowery and others are scheduled to speak Wednesday afternoon at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church on the importance of equal voting rights and access.
The Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act is drawing emotional responses from minority lawmakers. Recounting their roles in getting the 1965 law passed, Congressmen John Lewis of Georgia and John Conyers of Michigan say the court's decision ignores history and the continuing efforts to deny voting rights to minorities.
Georgia is one of nine states that – until Tuesday -- has had to get federal approval for election law changes. But Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. That includes the formula used to determine what states submit their changes.
Georgia's voter registration law requiring proof of citizenship is similar to one in Arizona that has been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court says federal law precludes states from asking for proof since the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 does not require such documentation.
U.S. Supreme Court rulings in two same sex marriage cases might set the stage for a separate challenge to Georgia's state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, and one expert thinks the legal dominoes from last week’s oral arguments could fall quickly.