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765 ABA Journal Georgia articles.

Federal judge includes ‘be kind’ advice in orders following COVID-19 pandemic
U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg of Atlanta has some words of advice in an order outlining new procedures and extended deadlines in her courtroom following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Afternoon Briefs: LGBTQ students sue for sex ed equality; judge’s law license is suspended 5 times

South Carolina LGBTQ students fight for equality in sexual education

Eli Bundy, a 15-year-old sophomore at Charleston County School of the Arts in South Carolina, is the leader of the…

Why did a Georgia city prohibit tattoos on Sundays?
These days, people from all walks of life get tattoos. But in Columbus, Georgia, it was illegal to give them on Sundays, until recently. No one knows for sure what led to the law, but some suspect that it was what’s known as a “blue law,” a term for state and municipal regulations that prohibits commerce on Sundays, when lawmakers thought people should be in church.
Prosecutor reveals in interview how he helped clear Richard Jewell’s name in Olympic bombing investigation

Lawyer Randy Maniloff talks to Kent Alexander, a former U.S. attorney, who says the Richard Jewell case offers an opportunity for law enforcement and the media to step back and consider: “How fast do we need the news, when does the suspect’s name need to be outed, and what kind of effect does a rush to judgment have on an individual?”

Lawyer is suspended after he is accused of misleading and bullying judge
The Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended a Georgia lawyer after a hearing board found that he misled an administrative law judge and bullied her during his representation of a methadone clinic.
Afternoon Briefs: Law firm agrees to solicitation settlement; judge is accused of funds theft

Law firm to pay nearly $1M to drivers it solicited from crash reports

Utah-based law firm Craig Swapp & Associates will pay nearly $1 million to thousands of Washington drivers…

Tech company accused of bar-exam grading glitch has no liability in test-takers’ suit, 11th Circuit says
Law grads who were wrongly told that they failed the Georgia bar exam can’t recover damages against the software company they accused of producing the incorrect scores, a federal appeals court has ruled.
2 sets of BigLaw firms confirm merger talks
If merger talks are successful between two sets of BigLaw firms, there will be two new entrants on the American Lawyer’s list of the nation’s 50 top law firms.
Ex-lawyer who murdered his wife loses standing bid to dismiss estate’s wrongful death suit
A former lawyer convicted of murdering his wife can’t argue that his status as surviving spouse protects him from a wrongful death suit by the estate, a Georgia appeals court has ruled.
Lawyer disbarred after she’s accused of having romantic involvement with client and hiring detective to spy on him
A Georgia lawyer who cited the Fifth Amendment in an ethics case accusing her of inappropriate conduct with a client has been disbarred after the allegations were deemed to have been admitted.
Superior court judge who suspected DA hacked her computer is charged with computer trespassing
A superior court judge in Gwinnett County, Georgia, has been indicted on three counts of computer trespass for allegedly allowing outsiders to access the county computer system, reportedly to investigate whether the district attorney had hacked her computer.
Courts in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas announce closings for Hurricane Dorian

Several courts in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina already have announced closings as Hurricane Dorian approached off the coast.

You can find state court closings here in Florida,…

Ransomware attack hits this state’s court system; no specific ransom demanded
The effects of a ransomware attack on Georgia’s Administrative Office of the Courts were isolated to servers that provide case management and other applications, according to a spokesman for the office.
SCOTUS agrees to decide whether annotated state laws can be copyrighted

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether annotations of the Georgia state code can be copyrighted.

The court agreed to decide Georgia’s appeal in its suit for…

Judge accused of trying to cover up chronic tardiness and absenteeism

An Atlanta judge who was chronically late and persistently absent compounded her problems when she tried to cover it up, according to allegations in an ethics complaint filed last Wednesday.

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