It is dangerous to predict what any jurist will do, but on Thursday, Henry County Superior Court Judge Arch McGarity will be presented with an opportunity to close the books on the 2010 GOP race for governor.
In the process, the judge could also create – or continue — an important precedent for political speech on the Internet.
You will recall that Ray McBerry was one of several Republican candidates for the job of governor. He was the states rights’ candidate on the ballot. You might also recall that it was reported in this space that, while a Henry County high school teacher, McBerry was caught having a relationship with a high school student.
McBerry was 34 and divorcing his second wife. The student was 16 and 17 during the affair.
Before McBerry jumped into politics, the student’s mother, Linda Pittman, successfully lobbied to have his teaching license suspended. During the 2010 campaign, she wrote the following on her Facebook page, accessible to a few hundred