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Atlanta 500: Professionals opener

Atlanta 500: Professionals

These are Atlanta's 500 most powerful leaders. We spent months consulting experts and sorting through nominations to get a list of the city's most influential people—from artists to chefs to philanthropists to sports coaches and corporate CEOs. In this section, we focus on accounting, law, marketing, public relations, and media.

One Square Mile: Newton County Superior Court

Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr. sits behind a desk covered with case files, in the shadow of a 12-foot wall lined with law books thick as bricks. A mountain of words. He prepared yesterday for the civil docket he’ll preside over today: divorces, separations, child custody issues.

Finally saying goodbye to the birthday car tax

This month Georgia’s long-loathed ad valorem fee—better known as “that @#$?!* birthday car tax”—becomes history. But don’t celebrate too fast.

The Innocents

The letters are desperate. They are filled with obvious lies, or sorrowful grievances, or unrestrained rage, or childlike hope. They are peppered with grammatical errors of the uneducated and the legalese of the jailhouse lawyer.

The Prosecution Never Rests: The Making of Nancy Grace

There are times when Nancy Ann Grace dreads the darkness. The nightmares are especially vivid when the veteran Fulton County prosecutor literally takes her work to bed with her, snuggling up to the reports of murders, rapes and other violent crimes until she dozes off with the gruesome details of another horror coursing through her mind.

Leaders and Landmarks

When Donald L. Hollowell settled in Atlanta in 1951, with his law degree from Loyola University and his honorable discharge as Captain from the U.S. Army, he could enter the courthouse through the front door—but couldn't eat in the cafeteria.

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