Georgia Supreme Court Candidates Debate on Crime and Punishment

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


An election challenger to Georgia's newest Supreme Court justice accuses him of being "soft on crime" in his handling as a federal prosecutor of gun charges against the Atlanta-based rapper T.I.

Atlanta attorney Matt Wilson used a televised debate Sunday to attack Justice David Nahmias, who was appointed to the court last year.

Before that, Nahmias served 15 years as a federal prosecutor.

Nahmias was U.S. attorney in 2007 when rapper T.I. was arrested
on federal gun charges. He pleaded guilty and served seven months
in prison and three months in a halfway house.

Wilson questioned why Nahmias didn't push for a harsher sentence. Nahmias called the accusation "ridiculous."

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, faces a possible probation violation after a recent arrest in California.

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