Name, age and address: Emory Palmer, 42, Newnan.
Education: B.S. Georgetown University, 1995; J. D. University of Georgia, 1999.
Family: Married to the former Jennifer Higgins; two sons 8 and 10 years old.
I have practiced law for the last 13 years. During that time I have handled virtually every type of case that is seen in the Superior Court, or any court. I am currently a partner in the nationally recognized law firm Carr & Palmer, LLP and specialize in professional liability and complex commercial cases. I have represented individuals and corporations (including a number of Fortune 500 companies) in cases throughout Georgia and have tried jury trials in virtually every part of the state.
Why are you Running?
I am running for Superior Court Judge because I have a deep commitment to the law and to making sure that the people of the Coweta Circuit have a court that applies the law firmly and fairly regardless of who you are. I want everyone in the circuit to have complete confidence that their Superior Court Judge is completely above board, fair, honest and operating the court to protect the public and treat everyone fairly.
What are the biggest issues on the Superior Court right now?
In Georgia we have had a number of judges recently leave the bench under an ethical cloud. We need to ensure that the public has confidence that the Superior Courts are operating with complete integrity. We need judges that are truly independent and acting in the public interest without any personal, political or other agenda besides applying the law firmly and fairly and with complete integrity.
What can you do to address these issues?
In my campaign I have made two promises to the people of the circuit. First, my guiding principle as a judge will be to apply the law firmly and fairly. Firmly, because those who break the law must pay a price. Fairly, because the law should apply to everyone from the lowest member of the community up to the most prominent member in exactly the same way. Second, I will always do everything I can to treat people in my court the way I would expect to be treated if I were in their shoes. That doesn’t mean that everyone will get their way or be happy with the result from my court. But everyone ought to leave the courtroom with respect for the system and feeling like they were treated fairly. That is my promise to the people of the circuit.