Sonny and the Justice

Governor Perdue gets to appoint a Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. Care to offer up any ideas?

Here’s my thinking:

1. I hear the Governor is taking this appointment very, very seriously.

2. The Governor is mindful that a number of his Superior Court picks were promptly taken out at the next election and doesn’t want that for the Supreme Court.

3. He wants an actual intellectual judge, which he does not view to mean a prominent lawyer.

4. He really wants a conservative, i.e. “non-activist” judge, in his mind.

5. The next Justice of the Supreme Court will not come from metro Atlanta.

6. He is weighing a balance of character and background to pick the real heavy hitter for the Supreme Court, recognizing he’s also going to fill some spots on the Court of Appeals.

7. The Justice will not be over 50.


  1. dorian says:

    I don’t understand why this is a front page story, and his shutting down the judicial branch is not.

  2. JT says:

    His choice will be interesting, but not particularly compelling. Unlike the federal judiciary this is not a life appointment (the unwillingness of the Georgia electorate to unseat a sitting appellate judge to the contrary notwithstanding.) I suppose a Gerorgia Supreme Court justice would have to be pretty bad to lose his/her seat. We have had some doozies on our appellate benchs.

  3. Jason Shepherd and I both take the bar exam prior to Perdue leaving office. Shep might consider it beneath him, but I would take Sonny’s phone call to entertain what he has to say.

  4. fishtail says:

    Perdue will appoint either Max Wood or David Namias to the GA Supreme Court. I figure it will be a coin toss, as both are US Attorneys and are responsible for NOT investigating and prosecuting Perdue’s numerous felony crimes.

  5. MrCoffee says:

    It HAS been at least 10 minutes since Perry McGuire last ran for something. He’s about due to make a bid.

  6. Dash Riptide says:

    He should hire the maverick who pledges to hire one law clerk (instead of two) and no secretary, to show up the sitting Dem appointee justices who claim that they cannot find other ways to cut the Supreme Court’s budget. Trust me, the job can be done with a staff of one. Of course, it would have to be someone who can actually draft his or her own opinions instead of depending on hired guns exclusively to perform that task.

    Wait. That pretty much leaves out the politicians. On second thought, never mind.

  7. rightofcenter says:

    “Numerous felony crimes”? Gee, fishtail, perhaps he should appoint you since you obviously believe in blind justice, the rule of law, objectivity, and the concept of “innocent until proven guilty.”

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