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Still Alive

Posted by Maggie on August 4, 2008

I doubt any of you are still reading, but if you are, I do apologize for abandoning the blog. I don’t have much of an excuse. I took a week off, no one noticed, and I enjoyed the break so I just kind of kept at it. (No one continued to notice, as far as I can tell. It’s okay. I forgive you.)

But I am still out and about and wrote up a post for my friends at The Feminist Underground. It’s not my normal lawyerly stuff, but I think I may be moving more in that direction in the future. If you found my blog courtesy of TFU, thanks for coming by. You’re welcome to peruse my archives. Brian Nichols still hasn’t gone to trial.(Though jury selection has actually started. No joke!) The Public Defender system is still a big mess. I guess all that time away hasn’t really changed much.


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Posted by Maggie on February 20, 2008

I promise I’ll be posting on the big news of the day (the senate’s decision to give GPDSC virtually no money) as well as some other moderate news in due time.  I want to give a lot of time to the budget post since I have a lot of info to work in and I’m having a busy day thus far.  Hopefully I’ll be on it by this evening.

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All You Ever Needed to Know About Nichols

Posted by Maggie on October 19, 2007

The Nichols case has started to take over the blog, just like it’s taken over the Public Defender system of Georgia. I’ve added a Nichols tag which I’ll add to relevant entries. I wanted to lay out the basic facts charged as well as the legal issues that have come into play. Despite the flack I give the AJC, their timeline of events was a great way to review the major milestones over the last few years.

For those of you who may not follow every single post on my blog, the Nichols case has become a huge quandary for the entire State of Georgia and threatens to destroy our rather young Public Defender system. The facts of the case, as set out below, explain just why one case is so much to handle.

The summary continues after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jesus in the Courtroom in Louisiana

Posted by Maggie on September 11, 2007

A federal district judge has allowed a picture of Jesus to remain on the wall in a Louisiana courthouse. The Judge who bought the picture claimed he thought it was just of “a lawgiver” even though that lawgiver sported a halo.

However, the picture is only staying because it has been surrounded with pictures of other lawgivers, such as Mohammad, Charlemagne, and Napoleon (an interesting selection–you couldn’t fit, say, George Washington in there?). Now there’s not much you can do about it since the Supreme Court itself has Moses on the wall in a similar context of lawgivers.

I like the result here, and it seems like everyone–even the ACLU–is happy.

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Craigslist Prostitution Follow-Up

Posted by Maggie on September 5, 2007

The New York Times has an article today on craigslist and prostitution. Frankly, I’m surprised it’s taken this long for the police to get these kinds of stings going. There’s not a whole lot on their methods and it’s unclear how much entrapment took place, but I’d imagine it would be pretty easy to stage. The article is also quite fair to craigslist itself and even points out that instead of blaming the site, law enforcement can take advantage of it.

No mention of child prostitution. I had to post this since my previous post on craigslist and child prostitution in Atlanta is one of my most popular hits. Nothing in the AJC on the subject.

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Court Update

Posted by Maggie on August 28, 2007

Convictions Affirmed: 2

Not much is new in Georgia.

In the 11th Circuit yesterday, a U.S.C. 1983 case affirms summary judgment for defendants in a case where the jail didn’t properly process bond records.  Plaintiffs were held in jail improperly for weeks or months.  Dismissed on grounds of qualified immunity.  West v. Tillman.

I haven’t had a lot of time to look over the recent 11th circuit opinion on the Fulton County Jail strip search policy.  Hopefully I’ll get to it eventually.

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