July 1, 2008, 11:15 am
Filed under: Politics, Urban Design

In Georgia a judge can effectively banish a convicted criminal by restricting where he or she can live in the state.

From the LA Times:

Defense attorneys call the strategy “de facto” banishment. Prosecutors say the orders are a way to rid criminals from populated areas and protect victims from repeat offenses. In Terry’s case, they said, the restrictions are needed to protect his wife.

Writing for the majority, Justice Harris Hines said judges can legally skirt the ban on banishment when they restrict convicts like Terry from all but one county. . . .

Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears said the judge’s decision to allow Terry in Toombs County when he is released was “an act of grace and mercy.”



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