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New Ga. sunshine law enacted

Olens ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced a bill signed on Tuesday by Governor Nathan Deal that comprehensively rewrites Georgia's Open Meetings and Open Records Acts.

Election roundup: Contested supreme court seats

Lanzinger COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio voters elected to keep Supreme Court Justice Judith Lanzinger, a Republican, on the state's high court for another six years.

Olens bests Democrat Hodges in Ga. AG race

Olens ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - Republican Sam Olens has defeated his Democratic opponent, Ken Hodges, in the race for Georgia attorney general.

Olens wins GOP nomination in Georgia AG primary

Olens ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) -- Sam Olens, the former Cobb County Commission chairman, has won the Republican nomination for Georgia attorney general, beating state Sen. Preston Smith.

Barr says it's wrong to impeach AG Baker

Baker ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - A former Georgia Congressman recently wrote that an effort by state lawmakers to impeach Attorney General Thurbert Baker is misguided.

Ga. Republicans want to impeach AG

Baker ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - Frustrated with Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker's unwillingness to challenge federal health care reform, Republican state lawmakers are hoping to impeach the Democrat.

Ohio justices asked to consider liability in team bus crash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (legal Newsline)-The families of four college baseball players who were killed in a charter bus accident out-of-state are asking the Ohio Supreme Court to decide whether the bus driver and the charter bus company should be covered under the school's insurance policy.

Former chief justice backs Hodges for Ga. AG

Hodges ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - Ken Hodges has received the support of former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears in his campaign to become the state's next attorney general.

Ga. AG: Local rules can't stand in state agency's way

Baker ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker recently wrote that the state Department of Transportation shouldn't be required to follow the same environmental laws as everyone else.

Possible U.S. SC contender has plenty of alternatives

Sears ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears has plenty on her plate even if she is not picked by President Barack Obama to become the U.S. Supreme Court's next justice.

Olens entering Ga. AG race

Olens ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - With Thurbert Baker leaving office to run for governor, Cobb County Commission Chairman Sam Olens is attempting to replace him in the Attorney General's Office.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear attorneys' fee dispute

U.S. Supreme Court building WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The U.S. Supreme Court says it will hear a case involving a dispute over $10.5 million awarded to plaintiffs' attorneys who litigated a class action over foster care deficiencies.

Lawyer-funded incumbent says 'you cannot buy a seat' on the bench

Justice Carol Hunstein seated at left ATLANTA--A lot of mud was slung and a lot of money was spent to unseat Georgia's presiding chief justice. But in the end Justice Carol Hunstein remains firmly ensconced in the Georgia Supreme Court.