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Your morning jolt: Georgia Supreme Court to permit detour around Legislature-ordered fee increase

The chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court on Wednesday quietly announced that the court will permit a detour and allow parties in lawsuits to avoid massive increases in legal fees imposed by the Legislature this spring to help balance the state budget.

Chief Justice Carol Hunstein said the fivefold increase threathened to cut off access to the courts.

The announcement was tucked into the Supreme Court’s Web site. Appeals of lower court decisions are generally prepared by county clerk of court offices. The Supreme Court rule change will permit parties on both sides of an appeal to certify and provide the case record to the high court.

From the press release:

“This is an interim solution to the problems created by the passage of House Bill 1055,” said Hunstein. “I have been in communication with members of the legislature and the executive branch, as well as with the association of county commissioners, and I don’t think anyone involved in this legislation …

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Your morning jolt: How Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter created each other

After winning a second nomination for president in 1980, President Jimmy Carter, left, shakes hands with Sen. Edward Kennedy on the podium at the Democratic National Convention in New York's Madison Square Garden. Associated Press.

After winning a second nomination for president in 1980, President Jimmy Carter, left, shakes hands with Sen. Edward Kennedy on the podium at the Democratic National Convention in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Associated Press.

Revised at 4:50 p.m. Monday:

Early Wednesday morning, Jimmy Carter issued his formal reaction to the death of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy.

To speak anything but good about the dead would have been out of character.

“Sen. Kennedy was a passionate voice for the citizens of Massachusetts and an unwavering advocate for the millions of less fortunate in our country,” Carter said.

But it’s worth remembering that, for several years, Ted Kennedy was singled out by many Southern Democrats as the villain who robbed Georgia’s first president of a second term in the White House.

Kennedy’s 1980 primary challenge to Carter was, in a very real way, the making of both men. Weakened by the intraparty feud, Carter was defeated by a Hollywood actor turned …

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