February 20, 2008 14:05 Age: 6 yrs

Georgia Supreme Court Holds Oral Arguments at Emory Law

The Supreme Court of Georgia will hold oral arguments in Emory Law’s Tull Auditorium Tuesday, February 26, 2008, from 10 a.m. to noon. The session is open, and the public is invited to attend.

The Court will hear arguments in Reaves v. The State and Hardin et al. v. NBC Universal et al.

Reaves v. The State is an interim death penalty appeal. The State is seeking the death penalty in this Henry County case against Charlott Lynett Reaves and her husband, Rodney Michael Reaves, for the alleged child abuse and murder of his 11-year-old daughter, Joella. Charlott Reaves is the child’s stepmother. The couple is being tried separately. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in her husband’s pre-trial appeal Feb. 11. Three school employees have also been charged in this case with failing to report signs of child abuse.

In Hardin et al. v. NBC Universal, Inc., et al., the plaintiffs are Georgia residents who participated in NBC's Deal or No Deal “at home” game by text messaging their entry for a $.99 charge. The plaintiffs have filed suit against NBC and other defendants arguing that Georgia law permits them to recoup their text messaging fees because the “at home” game was an illegal lottery. The case is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The District Court has certified two questions to the Georgia Supreme Court that will be argued Feb. 26. First, does Georgia Law (O.C.G.A. s. 13-8-3(b)) authorize the filing and maintenance of a civil suit to recover money paid out or lost on account of one's participation in an illegal lottery? Second, if the answer is in the affirmative, may the plaintiffs recover from the lottery's promoter or organizer?

Seating in Tull Auditorium will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Visitor parking is available in Emory’s Lowergate Parking Facility, located off Gambrell Drive.

This event is sponsored by the Emory Advocacy Society, a student organization at Emory Law that hosts luncheons and other events featuring trial litigators and judges from the Atlanta area. Members of the Society are invited to attend and learn about litigation through these interactions.

Questions involving the cases above should be directed to:
Jane Hansen
Public Information Officer
Supreme Court of Georgia

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