Re­tired Ge­or­gia Supreme Court Jus­tice killed in wreck

Rome News-Tribune - - NEWS - Ross Wil­liams, Ma­ri­etta Daily Jour­nal

MA­RI­ETTA — For­mer Ge­or­gia Supreme Court Chief Jus­tice Har­ris Hines has died.

Hines was killed in an au­to­mo­bile crash Sun­day. Ac­cord­ing to Supreme Court spokes­woman Jane Hansen, Hines and his wife He­len were head­ing back to Cobb from New­nan Sun­day af­ter­noon, where they were likely vis­it­ing fam­ily.

Hansen said He­len Hines sur­vived the wreck and de­scribed her con­di­tion as “okay.”

Hansen said it is not yet clear whether other cars were in­volved, but the two Hines were the only ones in their ve­hi­cle.

Hines re­tired from the state Supreme Court at the end of Au­gust af­ter serv­ing as a judge since 1974, when he was ap­pointed to Cobb’s State Court in 1974 by then-Gov. Jimmy Carter.

For­mer Gov. Zell Miller ap­pointed him to the Supreme Court in 1995, and was elected Chief Jus­tice by his col­leagues in 2016.

His fel­low jus­tices said they were in shock at the loss.

“He was a great man,” said Jus­tice David Nah­mias.

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