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Georgia Justice campaigns in Albany

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –   Justice David Nahmias spoke to Dougherty County Rotarians at Doublegate Country Club Tuesday.

He talked about his work in the U. S. Department of Justice as the head of counter terrorism.

He also served as U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia until being appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court by Governor Perdue last August.

He says the high court decides 2,000 cases a year, and each justice writes about 350 opinions.

Nahmias says they should reach decisions based on the law and not legislate from the bench. 

"My approach is judges are supposed to apply the law as the people have enacted it. I think the other thing is to have opinions that are clear and consistent and persuasive. If we can't explain what we're doing and we can't persuade people that our decisions make sense then there's a real problem for the legal system."

Justice Nahmias says if a judge doesn't like the law, he can change it by voting in the ballot box just like other citizens.


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