On Tuesday, October 6, GJP had oral arguments in the Georgia Supreme Court about the new record restriction law. The constitutionality of this law was challenged by the Clayton County Solicitor General’s Office. The Solicitor challenged restricting our client’s 20-year-old arrest – an arrest that did not lead to a conviction. GJP attorney, Brenda Smeeton, argued the case and GJP volunteer, Michele Young, drafted much of our brief. There were many other volunteer lawyers and collaborators who assisted us in our preparation for this case. Special thank you to David Ross, John Moye (Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton), Ron Raider (Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton), Shayne O’ Reilly (Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton), Jamie Cullen (Community Legal Services), Sharon Dietrich (Community Legal Services), Romi Laskin (Community Legal Services), Nancy DeVetter (Georgia Legal Services), Phyllis Holmen (Georgia Legal Services), and Lisa Krishner (Georgia Legal Services). The result of this case will affect millions of Georgians by either allowing or denying them the ability to remove arrests from their record.
GJP was instrumental in the passage of this law and was eager to defend the statute and the General Assembly’s intent to allow affected individuals to lead productive lives without the burden of a criminal history. We anticipate receiving the ruling from the Court some time during the next six months.