A new trial has been ordered for a man convicted of aggravated child molestation after his defense attorneys told the judge they'd overheard the prosecutor confide to a juror after the trial that the victim had recanted his testimony on one of the two alleged incidents.
An organization representing the state's leading African-American legal associations is asking to meet with President Barack Obama to object to a slate of candidates now being considered by the White House for six federal judgeships in Georgia.
The State Bar of Georgia took its first step Thursday toward throwing its support behind legislation that would provide state funding for prosecutors and public defenders in juvenile courts.
Deshala Dixon has a passion for helping others. So shortly after she moved to Warner Robbins to become a senior assistant district attorney for the Macon Judicial Circuit, she signed up to start a local chapter of the newly formed national organization Black Girls RUN!
A Cobb County jury has awarded $641,250 to a tire store manager who said a broken-down dump truck on an Interstate highway caused him to run off a cliff.
The breakup of a longtime couple who never married has divided judges of the state Court of Appeals, setting up a possible Georgia Supreme Court case.
A federal appellate court in Atlanta has affirmed the conviction of a bank robber who refused to attend his own trial after embracing a fringe political movement known as "sovereign citizenry."
A 14-year-old boy accused of killing his high school math teacher pleaded not guilty to murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery charges on Wednesday.
A motorist who plugged his electric car into an outlet at a school near Atlanta is facing a theft charge, sparking debate about where and when it's acceptable to use power.
A judge said Thursday that he needs more information and time to decide the case of a group of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and want the Georgia university system to grant them in-state tuition.
The Supreme Court listened to 60 minutes of arguments Thursday over 74 words that could let voters decide whether to allow marijuana use for medical reasons.
Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexually assaulting a woman who accused him of raping her about a year ago, a prosecutor said Thursday.
A Gwinnett County jury declined to hold a trucking company driver liable for the death of a man killed when a box truck crossed the center line and rammed a car after being hit by another vehicle during a nasty three-vehicle wreck in 2005.
It's been nearly a year since Carla Wong McMillian got the call. Then a Fayette County State Court judge, McMillian had been shortlisted for an opening on the state Court of Appeals, and interviewed for the job with Gov. Nathan Deal. She had a full docket of cases to handle, however, so she pressed on with her work.
Thompson Hine continues its growth push in Atlanta with the recruitment of two longtime Atlanta lawyers. Peter Coffman joined from Dow Lohnes as a partner and Aaron Watson joined from Barnes & Thornburg as senior counsel.
Burr & Forman has hired Susan Longo as its new chief marketing officer, replacing Erin Meszaros, who has moved to Sutherland Asbill & Brennan as its chief business development and marketing officer.
From way up here in the country in northwest Georgia, I read with great interest the instructions of Spencer Lawton in his letter to the editor (Daily Report, Nov. 12, 2013). Here I am practicing law for 28 years and had no idea that prosecutors were held to a higher ethical standard than the rest of us.
Construction management company Heery International announced Tuesday that it has settled a six-year-old lawsuit with the DeKalb County Board of Education for $7.5 million.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have more lax financial disclosure rules for their high court justices than the disclosure requirements for federal judges, according to an analysis from a watchdog group.
Recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that were released Wednesday show town dispatchers urged panicked callers to take cover, mobilized help and asked about the welfare of the children as gunshots could be heard at times in the background.
Negligence was not the cause of the collapse of a third World Trade Center tower several hours after the twin towers were destroyed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a federal appeals court said Wednesday, absolving a developer and others of responsibility in the destruction of the 47-story building.
Federal prosecutors say two ex-Forsyth city councilmen have been sentenced to prison in a bribery scheme.
The founder of a U.S. Navy contractor from Georgia must serve three years in prison for his part in a kickback scheme that cost the Navy $18 million, a federal judge in Rhode Island ordered Wednesday.
As it wrapped up its end-of-term cases last month, the Georgia Court of Appeals added another piece to the puzzle that the new standard for medical malpractice cases against emergency room personnel has created for the courts.
Following a trial featuring testimony detailing unrelenting racist verbal abuse targeting a worker at an auto parts business, a Henry County jury ordered the business and its owner to pay more than $2.6 million, including $925,000 in punitive damages and $290,470 in attorney fees.
A 51-year-old carpenter who hurt his back in a low-speed rear-end collision has won a $1.4 million verdict in Henry County State Court. The defense had offered a $40,000 settlement.
As year-end approaches in a sluggish economy, law firms are beginning to focus more on how to manage and collect receivables. Historically, firms have shied away from suing clients for legal fees, leaving them uncollected. More recently, firms have become more likely to sue clients to collect their fees.
The media regularly carries stories of the struggles faced by those trying to save for a secure retirement. Employers are rapidly shifting away from defined benefit plans, in which employees were assured a certain level of retirement benefits based on years of service, in favor of defined contribution plans, such as 401(k) plans, in which an employee's retirement income will be derived from the accumulated contributions made to their account.
Chattahoochee District Judge John Allen, who retired at the end of October after more than 25 years on the bench, was honored in his hometown with a reception at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center attended by about 300 people, including dozens of judges and justices.
A federal appeals court has handed BP another victory in its bid to block what could be hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses following the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban expires. But with 3-D printers increasingly able to produce plastic weapons, many Democrats, gun control advocates and law enforcement officials say the restrictions must be tightened.
The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday filed another lawsuit against the U.S. government, saying the federal health care overhaul forcing it to provide health insurance for students and employees that covers birth control contravenes the teachings of the Roman Catholic institution.
Detroit is eligible to shed billions in debt in the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, a judge said Tuesday in a long-awaited decision that now shifts the case toward how the city will accomplish that task.
The Supreme Court indicated Tuesday it won't offer much help to frequent flyers who want to sue when airlines revoke their miles or their memberships.
Atlanta attorney Emmet Bondurant rejects the U.S. Senate filibuster as unconstitutional but says the Nov. 21 vote to change it violated Senate rules and could lead to "an even more partisan and lawless Senate."
A criminal defense lawyer says he'll appeal a 4-3 decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals that said police had probable cause to test his client for drugs in his blood after a fatal car accident, overturning a trial court judge.
In life, certainty comes in the form of death and taxes. In intellectual property law, it comes in the form of change. The quick pace of technology and the complexities of the digital world are forcing changes in all areas of intellectual property. "IP is somewhat of a moving target," says attorney Mike Powell of Powell IP Law. "I think there is more uncertainty and really more uncertainty in acquiring and enforcing patents and trademarks, in particular, than we've seen in many years," he says.
I appreciated Sheryl Jaffee Halpern's On Topic article concerning the EEOC's aggressive pursuit of some companies over the use of criminal conviction records in making hiring decisions ("EEOC: Using arrest or conviction records in hiring decisions requires caution," Nov. 20).
As a criminal defense lawyer, I often receive frantic calls. A family member was just hauled away by the cops, or the news just said the caller has been indicted, or the police are at the door with a search warrant. But one call gave me pause: "The sheriff is on his way to my house," sobbed the woman on the phone, "and he's going to arrest me unless I pay the debt collector. What should I do?"
The full Court of Appeals of Georgia reversed a trial court ruling that declared invalid a hospital lien for medical care provided to a person injured in an automobile accident, as well as the trial court's award of attorney fees and litigation expenses to the injured person.
Apple Inc. the world's most valuable technology company, was found by a federal jury not to infringe the patent of a 70-year-old electrical engineer who claims he came up with the idea for the smartphone.
On perhaps the busiest online shopping day of the year, the Supreme Court refused on Monday to wade into a dispute over New York state's taxes on purchases on websites like Amazon.com. The move likely will prompt more states to attempt to collect taxes on Internet sales — and ignite a furious battle in Congress between Internet sellers, brick-and-mortar stores and states hungry for extra tax revenue.
The way Frank DiPascali tells it, Bernard Madoff planted the seeds of deception for his $17 billion Ponzi scheme back in the 1970s, when his firm was in a small office at 110 Wall Street.
The co-founder of a science fiction convention has pleaded guilty to multiple count of child molestation.
The Supreme Court has turned away a Christian university's attempt to overturn a key part of the Obama administration's health care law.
A traveling medical technician was sentenced Monday to 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers and infecting dozens of patients in four states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes.