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Georgia Supreme Court holds special session in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Georgia Supreme Court held a special session at the springer opera house to hear appeals on two cases.

This was possibly the first time the Supreme Court held a session in Columbus, according to Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson.  

Hundreds of high school students, law students, and area attorneys witnessed as two appeals cases were argued.

Some called the event a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"They get to see the court as was originally conducted," Thompson said. "For the first years of it's existence from about 1845 to 1865 the court actually went around the state hearing cases and making decisions on cases."

Thompson has served on the Supreme Court for over two decades. He said their visit was possibly the first time they had held a session in Columbus. 

"We enjoy very much coming out into the communities like Columbus. We decide very important cases out here sometimes," Thompson said.

Students witnessed two cases.
    
The first case, City Views at Rosa Burney Park GP, LLC ET AL.V. Miller, an Atlanta apartment complex and property management company are appealing Georgia Court of Appeals decision that says a jury should decide whether they are liable for an off-duty officer's shooting of an unarmed man back in 2009.

The second case, Walker Versus the State, a man is appealing his convictions and two life sentences that he received in Richmond County for the murders of his 16 year-old girlfriend and her 6-week-old baby.

"My teacher was telling me this is a once in a lifetime opportunity," Chattahoochee County High School Junior Wallace Burkett said.

Burkett said he has plans of one day practicing law. 

"It was very interesting how they approached it. I thought to myself during the event how I would do it myself," Burkett exclaimed.

He said he'll never forget the once in a lifetime event.

"It's very nice how history was before and now we're still making history," Burkett added.

Chief Thompson says a decision on the two cases by the end of the summer. By law the courts have to make a decision within six months of hearing arguments. 

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