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Georgia governor signs bill expanding gun carry rights
April 23, 2014
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Wednesday signed into law a bill that allows licensed gun owners to carry firearms into many public places, including bars, schools, and certain government buildings. The "Safe Carry Protection Act," dubbed the "guns everywhere bill" by critics, allows school district....... [more]

Georgia same-sex marriage ban challenged
April 22, 2014
Gay rights group Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging Georgia's ban on same-sex marriage. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on behalf of a widow and three same-sex couples. The widow, who married her spouse in New York last year, is s....... [more]

Georgia House passes bill expanding gun carry rights
March 22, 2014
The Georgia House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday night that would expand carry rights to allow firearms in places such as bars and schools. The bill was passed just before the end of the legislative session in a 112-58 vote. It would allow permit-holders to bring firearms into previ....... [more]

Georgia senate approves medical marijuana bill
March 21, 2014
The Georgia State Senate on Thursday approved a bill legalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The bill carves our narrow acceptable uses and is careful to make clear it is not meant to be a step towards outright legalization. Specifically, the bill legalizes the use of cannabidoils (C....... [more]

Georgia state legislature endorses bill to legalize medical marijuana
March 4, 2014
Lawmakers in the Georgia House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill that would legalize the administration of medical marijuana by pill, liquid or injection to treat certain seizure disorders. The Georgia House approved the bill on Monday by an overwhelming majority of 171-4. Rep. Allen Peak....... [more]

Supreme Court rules contacts with forum state not decisive for personal jurisdiction
February 25, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in Walden v. Fiore that when the conduct of the defendant, a Georgia police officer, occurred entirely in Georgia, the mere fact that his conduct affected plaintiffs with connections to Nevada does not authorize jurisdiction over him in Nevada. The deci....... [more]

Georgia Supreme Court to rule on challenge to execution drug secrecy law
February 18, 2014
The Supreme Court of Georgia heard arguments on Monday regarding the constitutionality of a law allowing the state to withhold the identities of the manufacturers of Georgia's lethal injection drugs. Last May, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law HB 122, which included a provision mandating....... [more]

Georgia court sentences former prime minister for corruption
February 17, 2014
The Kutaisi City Court in Georgia on Monday sentenced former prime minister Vano Merabishvili to a five-year prison term for embezzling government funds and bribing voters. Prosecutors specifically alleged that Merabishvili used government money to employ his supporters in fictitious government role....... [more]

The Unfulfilled Promise of International Migrants Day
December 18, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Azadeh Shahshahani of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia addresses injustices faced by migrant workers even as a holiday is celebrated in support of them...Today marks International Migrants Day, a day to be commemorated and celebrated by all in support of immigrant....... [more]

Georgia high court upholds ban on solicitation of sodomy
October 21, 2013
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that the state's statute prohibiting the solicitation of sodomy is constitutional. The case concerned a former police officer named James Edwin Watson who was convicted of soliciting sex from a 17-year-old boy. Watson argued that the statute violated his pr....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses Georgia immigration law challenge
July 21, 2013
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on Friday dismissed a lawsuit seeking to scrap a key part of Georgia's sweeping anti-illegal immigration law. The lawsuit challenges a 2011 statute that gives police the option to investigate the immigration status of certain sus....... [more]