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Justices hear arguments in private probation cases

...Justice David E. Nahmias suggested Ellington should focus on people who are too poor to pay the fines and fees imposed.Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson, a former trial judge, said a judge is supposed to conduct a hearing to ensure a person is able...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-09-22/justices-hear-argument
State Court Judges' Council chooses to ignore ethical opinion to stay out of pending litigation

...arguments in the Sentinel Offender Services appellate cases.Instead, the council's private attorney ? former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears ? forwarded a copy of the Judicial Qualifications Commission's opinion to Georgia Supreme Court Justice...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-09-09/state-court-judges-cou
Council of State Court Judges violated code of conduct, commission says

...advance anyone's private interest.Georgia's Council of State Court Judges hired former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears to file the amicus briefs in July. According to the briefs filed on behalf of the 122 council members...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-09-03/council-state-court-ju
Prosecutor has several options on ethics case against House Speaker Bobby Harrell

...said he can't comment because of the state Supreme Court's order for secrecy in the case. At the June hearing, Chief Justice Jean Toal criticized prosecutors for talking publicly about their inquiry, particularly Wilson, who announced in...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-08-25/prosecutor-has-several-option
SC House Speaker Bobby Harrell says state grand jury investigation has ended

...because the Supreme Court's decision called for secrecy in future court arguments on the case. At the June hearing, Chief Justice Jean Toal criticized prosecutors for talking publicly about their inquiry, particularly Wilson, who announced in...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-08-16/sc-house-speaker-bobby-harrel
Chief Justice, Americus couple honored by King holiday commission

...became Georgia's first black chief justice, and two close friends of former...state officials and legislators, Chief Justice Robert Benham was given the organization's...full term in 1990. He became chief justice in 1996. "The people of Georgia...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/01/17/met_220745.shtml
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Council of State Court Judges wades into legal battle over private probation companies

...filed in Richmond and Co lum bia counties against Sen tinel are before the Geor gia Supreme Court on appeal. A former chief justice of the court, Leah Ward Sears, was hired by the Council of State Court Judges to file friend-of-the-court briefs...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-08-03/council-state-court-ju
Court is paternalistic

...override the issue of gender justice.One might think that Chief Justice John Roberts, because the case affects only women...a man, Justice Samuel Alito. I strongly fault the chief justice to allow this abomination. He should have required...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2014-07-06/court-paternalistic
Can't make employers cover contraception, Supreme Court says

...care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010 and the Supreme Court upheld two years later. Two years ago, Chief Justice John Roberts cast the pivotal vote that saved the health care law in the midst of Obama's campaign for re-election...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-06-30/cant-make-employers-cover-co
Our right to be secure

...convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans the privacies of life," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court.The ruling arose from two cases in San Diego and Boston in which suspects were charged...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2014-06-27/our-right-be-secure