The judge shares what he’s learned about life throughout his legal and political career. With over four decades of experience as an attorney, two terms in the state legislature, and 16 years as a judge, he’s come to understand a thing or two about life in the South.
-I went to elementary school, junior high, high school here and Armstrong, which was downtown at the time. Then I went on to law school at Georgia in Athens. That’s a town I never wanted to leave.
-I’ve always enjoyed complicated litigation because it’s like solving a jigsaw puzzle or a Rubik’s Cube.
-To run for legislature is a real endurance test. I went door-to-door three to four miles a day. You’re doing everything you can to get elected. So at the end of two terms, children and family were number one. Internally, I knew it was the right thing to do.
-When I was in legislature, we passed the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Bill, and I got a lot of hate mail then, so we had to turn it over to authorities. So you have it in your mind that people do stupid things, but I still walk in my neighborhood with my dog at night and do certain things.
-As a judge, I’ve learned that people will be back to you and back to you if you don’t do something to stop the cycle.
-The most frequent place that they catch people who didn’t show up for court and have warrants against them is the county jail. They go visit somebody. To them, not showing up is like missing a doctor’s appointment. That’s their mentality.