After trying to beat her at the polls and losing, Republicans now have what could most likely be called an enemy as the head of the third branch of Government.
For the first time in its 159-year history, the Georgia Supreme Court is now led by a woman.
Leah Ward Sears took the oath of office Tuesday as chief justice of the state’s highest court in a ceremony at the Capitol. Various state leaders attended, as well as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, who – like Sears – grew up in Chatham County.
After thanking friends and family for their support, Sears wasted little time before outlining her priorities as head of the state’s judicial branch.
“As chief justice, I intend to do what I can to help Georgia’s families prosper and succeed,” said Sears, noting her concern that nearly 25 percent of the children under 18 in Georgia are the subject of child-support awards. “When marriage is no longer considered a prerequisite for parenthood, ladies and gentlemen, our future is in doubt.”
Tort reformers may have thought they passed their law. Passing it and having the Supreme Court treat it with merit are two separate matters. This could be interesting.