The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday reversed a stay of execution for convicted murderer Warren Lee Hill. His lawyers challenged a state law that allows Georgia to keep its source of execution drugs secret, but in a 5-2 ruling the court said the state has a legitimate interest in protecting drug makers' confidentiality. Prison officials in multiple states say pharmaceutical companies are only willing to provide lethal injection drugs if they can remain anonymous.
The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday reversed a lower court's decision that would have forced Georgia Secretary Brian Kemp to enforce a new boundary, effectively transferring hundreds of acres to Monroe County.
The Georgia Supreme Court is considering a case that could have big implications for private college police forces across the state. In the case, a young woman is suing campus police at Agnes Scott, a private women’s college in Decatur, for false arrest, among other things. The Georgia Court of Appeals determined that the privately hired officers are immune because they were functioning as agents of the state, like sheriff's deputies or state troopers.
The Georgia Supreme Court has given a jolt to dozens of communities. The justices ruled unconstitutional a process they've been using to divide up local sales taxes. Local officials are turning to the state for guidance.
Georgia’s new top judge says the state is already seeing the benefits of several years of criminal justice reform. Hugh Thompson took over as the Georgia Supreme Court’s chief justice in August. He said in an interview with GPB the adult prison population is stabilizing. He also said he’s keenly interested in following the juvenile justice reforms the General Assembly enacted earlier this year.
A new chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court is set to be sworn in. Georgia Supreme Court Presiding Justice Hugh Thompson is set to take his new role during a ceremony Thursday. Thompson, of Milledgeville, will be sworn in by former Gov. Zell Miller.
A case involving state secrets, the open records law and union jobs went before Georgia’s Supreme Court Monday. It pits the state and Kia Motors against workers who say they were passed over for jobs at the carmaker’s West Point plant.
The Georgia Supreme Court hears arguments Monday from former auto workers who say Kia didn’t hire them to work at its West Point plant because the workers are union members. The workers are suing Kia and the state for access to records from the state’s QuickStart program, which screened and hired workers for the plant.