The Atlanta Journal Constitution, p. A13 (October 30, 2007).


The Georgia Supreme Court’s Oct. 26 decision not only corrected a grave miscarriage of justice and liberated an American citizen imprisoned in violation of his constitutional rights, but also advanced the rights of all Georgians. The decision gives teeth to the important constitutional ban on imposing cruel sentences. Wonderfully, it indirectly delivers stern rebukes to an overzealous district attorney and a clueless attorney general. Finally, it demonstrates that Georgia courts are taking very seriously their obligation to be the ultimate guardians of our liberties, no matter what the station of the citizen whose rights are denied.