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Decision calls for nurse’s license to be revoked based on video footage of attack on patient

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 2211807 , Decision Date: 2022-01-14 
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In affirming the Nursing Board’s revocation of an LPN’s license, Judge Walker rejected the nurse’s argument that her abusive conduct with a child patient was part of a “training program” to curb negative behavior. The Judge concluded that the video footage revealed the incident to [..] Read More..

Evidence of nurse kicking, hitting adult patient leads to order for license revocation

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 2211808 , Decision Date: 2022-01-13 
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The Nursing Board sought to revoke an LPN’s license based on evidence that the nurse had kicked, hit, and pushed an adult patient with developmental disabilities.  In affirming the Nursing Board’s decision, Judge Walker rejected the LPN’s assertion that he had been unprepared for the [..] Read More..

Ethics commission’s case against candidate dismissed on statute of limitations grounds

Topic: Elections, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 2125875 , Decision Date: 2021-10-18 
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In granting a candidate’s motion to dismiss, Judge Walker concluded that this particular adverse action—which the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission commenced itself, as opposed to being commenced by a third-party complaint—fell outside the relevant statute of limitations. Currently on appeal.

Dismissal granted in case alleging violation of campaign contribution limits

Topic: Elections, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 2125871 , Decision Date: 2021-10-18 
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Judge Walker granted a motion to dismiss allegations against a candidate for public office, brought by the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. The Judge concluded the existing law prohibiting “affiliated corporations” from exceeding maximum allowable contributions only punishes the donor, and not the [..] Read More..

Environmental permit affirmed for City of Columbus’s sewer system

Topic: Environmental Law, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 2114835 , Decision Date: 2021-09-14 
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Judge Walker affirmed the Environmental Protection Division’s issuance of a permit to the City of Columbus for its Combined Sewer System, thereby rejecting the water works’ contention that three of the permit’s conditions—concerning effluent limitations and discharge flow into the Chattahoochee River—were unlawful. Currently on [..] Read More..

Physician cannot waive requirement of in camera review and nondisclosure to the public.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: ******* , Decision Date: 2017-02-15 
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Because the governing statute provided that the results of physical and mental examinations at issue in actions against physicians’ licenses “shall be” received in camera and not disclosed to the public, the physician could not exercise any privilege to waive disclosure of the record.

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