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Governor Deal to expand state supreme court

Governor Nathan Deal expands the State Supreme Court from 7 to 9 justices. (Source:WALB) Governor Nathan Deal expands the State Supreme Court from 7 to 9 justices. (Source:WALB)
Tommy Coleman, Attorney (Source:WALB) Tommy Coleman, Attorney (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Governor Nathan Deal will get to appoint two new justices to the state's high court.

Last week, he signed a law expanding the State Supreme Court from 7 to 9 justices.
Supporters say it's good for the state's growing population.
Opponents believe it just allows Deal to pack the court with conservatives.
Attorney Tommy Coleman says the expansion could make the court process quicker.

"This was an effort I believe to expedite the business of the court so that people could see the resolution of cases in a more timely way,” said Tommy Coleman, Attorney.

In addition to the new justices, Governor Deal is also expected to replace two sitting justices who will likely retire before the end of his term.

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