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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

October 30, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two of the seven candidates running for the Georgia Court of Appeals were in Albany Thursday trying to capture last minute votes.  

Christopher McFadden, an appellate lawyer from Decatur, stopped with the book he wrote on the appeals court. He says he has more knowledge of the workings of the court than any of his opponents.

Albany lawyer and state Senator Michael Meyer von Bremen says he plans to serve with the same sense of integrity that retiring Judge John H. Ruffin, Jr. brought to the bench.

"I want to maintain what he has done and try to exhibit that same level of commitment and hard work and intellect and ethical responsibility. Follow the rule of law and not legislate from the bench," Meyer von Bremen said.

"The court of appeals handles most of the initial appeals, about 86%. It is the court that has the responsibility for ensuring that what we have in this state is the rule of law, that we have what John Adams called Government of laws, not of men. It's the keystone of our justice system," said McFadden.

Since there are seven candidates in the race, there will likely be a runoff December 2nd.

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