Retired Georgia Supreme Court Justice killed in wreck
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.