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860 ABA Journal Georgia articles.

2 law firms announce separate mergers effective Jan. 1

Verrill Dana and Smith Gambrell Russell have announced separate mergers with smaller firms that are effective Jan. 1.

Federal magistrate judge orders lawyers to ‘not impugn Chinese culture’ in future depositions

A federal magistrate judge in Georgia ordered lawyers for an injured longshoreman to “not impugn Chinese culture” in future depositions in his lawsuit against a Chinese shipping line.

Shopping center had no common-law right to boot vehicles, top state court says in car owner’s RICO suit

A car owner who had to pay $650 to get an immobilizing boot removed from his tire will get a second crack at class action status in his racketeering lawsuit as a result of a ruling Tuesday by the Georgia Supreme Court.

Self-defense argument fails as three men are convicted of murder in death of Ahmaud Arbery

Lawyers defending three white men accused of murder in the death of Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery failed in their citizen’s arrest and self-defense arguments when jurors returned guilty verdicts on…

Judge orders lawyer jailed so he can be deposed behind bars

A judge in Fulton County, Georgia, has found a lawyer in civil contempt and ordered him jailed to allow for a deposition behind bars.

A working mother’s 32-step guide to preparing for oral arguments

Appellate oral arguments are exciting, exhilarating and challenging. I’ve been presenting oral arguments since I was sworn into the bar; after 20 years in practice (first as a public defender and then as a law school clinic director), my arguments tally has almost reached the triple digits. It’s possible that my clinic, the Habeas Project at the Mercer University School of Law, holds the record in the Supreme Court of Georgia for the most cases heard in one day—three in a row on Cinco de Mayo in 2009.

District attorney pleads guilty to offering payments to his prosecutors, seeking to influence officer

A Georgia district attorney accused of offering to pay $1,000 to two staff prosecutors pleaded guilty during jury deliberations in his trial Monday.

Defense lawyer who objected to preachers in Ahmaud Arbery case seems to thrive on provocation

The judge overseeing the Georgia trial of three white men accused in the killing of unarmed Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery scolded one of the defense lawyers Monday for objecting to the presence of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton in the courtroom.

Leaked helicopter footage from police shows close-ups of sunbathers, infrared look inside buildings

Leaked footage from police helicopters shows surveillance of people in Dallas and Atlanta who apparently have no idea that they are on camera.

Laws said to encourage vigilante justice still in effect in most states

Laws that permit citizens arrests or entitle citizens to stand their ground have been blamed for vigilante shootings and tragic consequences. Yet many states still have them on the books.

Judge remains on Santa’s ‘nice’ list despite tweeted order banning Elf on the Shelf

A judge in Cobb County, Georgia, is getting national attention after he tweeted a mock order banning the Elf on the Shelf in his jurisdiction.

Weekly Briefs: ‘Copyright troll’ lawyer is suspended; law grad who married Japanese princess fails bar

‘Copyright troll’ lawyer is suspended in NY

A New York appeals court has suspended a lawyer once deemed a “copyright troll” because of the large number of

DOJ suit claims voting law in Texas harms those who need ballot assistance, seek mail-in ballots

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Texas on Thursday that challenges provisions of its new voting law.

Top state court rules against public defender who sued ACLU for calling him ‘crooked’

A public defender is a public official who must prove actual malice in his defamation lawsuit against the American Civil Liberties Union for a blog post calling him “crooked,” the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled.

District attorney is accused of offering bribes to prosecutors, suborning perjury

A district attorney in Georgia was indicted Tuesday based on accusations that he offered $1,000 bribes to two prosecutors and tried to influence a police officer’s testimony.

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