The family of Kathryn Johnston is defending Georgia Supreme Court candidate David Nahmias from criticism by one of his opponents:
The surviving relatives of Kathryn Johnston, the 92-year-old woman slain by Atlanta police, are “disgusted” with statements made by a lawyer running for a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court, the family’s lawyer said.
During a recently televised Atlanta Press Club debate, Atlanta lawyer Matt Wilson accused state Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias of being “soft on crime” while he was U.S. attorney here and cited the Johnston case as an example.
In an Oct. 18 letter to “my brothers and sisters in Christ,” Hezekiah Sistrunk, a lawyer for Johnston’s surviving relatives, wrote that Nahmias took a direct, personal and aggressive role in the case.
“On behalf of Ms. Johnston’s surviving relatives, I can say that we were disgusted that Mr. Wilson would make such a false accusation against Justice Nahmias,” he wrote. “As far as we know, Matt Wilson was practicing business law in Buckhead and never expressed any interest or concern about the Kathryn Johnston case until making his false claims about it in an apparent effort to mislead the voters.”
Nahmias is a former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, appointed by President George W. Bush in 2004.