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Perdue bypasses top lawman, taps special atty. gen. for health lawsuit

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that he is appointing Frank C. Jones as the pro bono special attorney general to direct Georgia’s participation in challenging the federal healthcare legislation recently passed by Congress.

Georgia is joining the lawsuit filed by 18 other states in federal court in Florida at no cost to the state.

“The importance of this legal challenge demands the very best representation possible and that is exactly what the state is receiving from Frank C. Jones,” said Perdue. “Frank is one of the best and most respected lawyers in the state. We are grateful he recognizes the importance of this challenge and is taking up the cause on behalf of Georgians.”

“I am honored by Gov. Perdue selecting me to lead Georgia’s team and I look forward to adding our state’s perspective to the others that have joined this challenge,” Jones said.

Jones is currently Of Counsel at Jones, Cork & Miller in Macon, a firm at which he practiced from 1950 to 1977. From 1977 to 2001, Jones was a partner at King & Spalding in Atlanta. His professional involvement includes past service as president of the American College of Trial Lawyers, president of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society, 22-year member of the House of Delegates for the American Bar Association, president of the State Bar of Georgia and pember of the American Law Institute. Jones also currently serves as trustee emeritus of Emory University and Trustee of Wesleyan College in Macon.

Governor Perdue also appointed the following Georgia attorneys as deputy special attorneys general: Mike Russ, retired partner at King & Spalding; Jason Alloy and Josh Belinfante of RobbinsLaw LLC; Pitts Carr of Carr & Palmer; John Parker and Keith Blackwell of Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP; and Mercer University law professor David Oedel.

These lawyers will also serve the state on a pro bono basis. Other Georgia attorneys have offered to assist with the challenge, and may participate as the case requires.

“We welcome Georgia to this lawsuit as we continue fighting to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens and the sovereignty of our states,” said Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, who has organized the team of states challenging the bill. “On behalf of the residents in Florida and the states joining our efforts, we are committed to aggressively pursuing this lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary to prevent this unprecedented expansion of federal powers, impact upon state sovereignty and encroachment on our freedom.”

Other states involved in the lawsuit include Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Louisiana, Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, Idaho, South Dakota, Indiana, North Dakota, Mississippi, Nevada, and Arizona. Virginia is pursuing its own litigation.

[The information in this story comes from a news release from the governor’s press office.]



mudcat's picture

And why doesn't he do his job? I have no idea why we are paying an attorney general who is sitting on his hands and the responsible, productive citizens/lawyers have to do his job for free.

Could we get a photo of this attorney general so we know who to vote against next time?

Maybe that is why the Georgia Attorney General won't waste his time on such a ridiculous request, you pretend to not even know what he looks like!

I know the Attorney General would take on the case the moment that some legal authority charged the Congress and the President of the United States with a crime.
Also, I believe it is necessary that the offense has already happened before anyone can be charged with a crime---that is a way off.

Now you know and I know that this is TEA stuff! It looks good to naive people and is good for votes.

mudcat's picture

mentioned the GA atty general.

The man is wonderful. I wish he would run for something.

He did run for the U.S. Senate in Georgia in 2004. He lost in the primary. Attacked for not being conservative enough, he said he was opposed to abortions even in case of rape or incest. A real nice guy.

He is a bombastic, right wing radio entertainer.

No one should take him seriously.


PTC Observer's picture

You sound racist to me.

Oops, that's a liberal tactic.


I took this direct from the page of Mr. Thurbert Baker who holds the current attorney general position.
Georgia Attorney General's Office - Duties

* Represent the State of Georgia in capital felony appeals before the Supreme Court of Georgia and civil cases before any court.
* Prosecute the public corruption cases regarding criminal charges that were filed against any person or business involved in illegal activity with the State of Georgia.
* Conduct any investigation regarding questionable activity concerning any state agency, department, person, or business that has engaged in business with the State of Georgia.
* Initiate any civil or criminal action in accordance with the Georgia Governor's wishes.
* Prepare all contracts and agreements for matters that involve the State of Georgia.
* Serve as a legal advisor for state agencies, departments, authorities, and the Governor. (404) 656-3300.

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