Recent case addresses legal-mal plaintiff’s burden to prove causation

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens Daily Report November 13, 2012 During 2012, Georgia appellate courts have addressed some important issues for Georgia attorneys. Notwithstanding the flurry of appellate activity, the three basic elements of a legal malpractice claim remain the same: (1) a duty (i.e., an attorney-client relationship—either express or implied, or […]

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Supreme Court to Decide if Police Can Take DNA from Suspects Arrested for Serious Crimes

ABA Journal Posted Nov 12, 2012 7:12 AM CST By Debra Cassens Weiss   The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether police can collect DNA samples without a warrant from suspects arrested for serious crimes. The case pits privacy rights against public safety, report the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, the Los Angeles Times and the Associated […]

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Georgia Governor Deal picks new judges in Cobb, Gwinnett and McIntosh

Daily Report 4:56 pm, November 7th, 2012 By Kathleen Baydala Joyner Governor Nathan Deal appointed three new judges today in Cobb, Gwinnett and McIntosh counties. Cobb State Court Judge Robert Leonard II, who was first appointed to the bench in December 2010, will replace retired Cobb Superior Court Judge George Kreeger. Leonard earned his law degree from […]

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JetBlue pilot who disrupted flight free to go home

By Betsy Blaney The Associated Press November 9, 2012 AMARILLO, Texas (AP) – A JetBlue Airways captain who ran through the cabin of a cross-country flight yelling about religion and terrorists was prohibited Friday from flying or keeping his pilot’s license, and now faces what could be the difficult task of finding work after being released […]

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Ohio teen sentenced to life over Craigslist plot

By Thomas J. Sheeran The Associated Press November 9, 2012                 AKRON, Ohio (AP) – A teenager was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance for parole for his role in a deadly plot to lure men desperate for work with phony Craigslist job offers. Judge Lynne Callahan sentenced 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty in […]

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$300,000 settlement offer from FAMU for lawsuit

By Gary Fineout and Mike Schneider The Associated Press November 8, 2012 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – An attorney for the family of a Florida A&M University drum major who died following a hazing incident said Thursday that a $300,000 settlement offer from the school is “insulting.” The amount offered is the maximum amount the university […]

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Life sentence in Ariz attack that wounded Giffords

By Brain Skoloff and Jacques Billeaud The Associated Press TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, partially blind, her right arm paralyzed and limp, came face to face Thursday with the man who tried to kill her last year, standing beside her husband as he spoke of her struggles to recover from being shot […]

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