WYNNE

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abil­ity to as­sess what was im­por­tant and ef­fi­ciently present the state’s case in a clear, eth­i­cal, un­der­stand­able and con­vinc­ing man­ner. Ken’s ex­pe­ri­ence in the district at­tor­ney’s of­fice as an as­sis­tant district at­tor­ney and as the elected district at­tor­ney have tested his met­tle as a lawyer and as a man. Af­ter al­most 10 years as a pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor he is bat­tle tested. Now he is ready for a new chal­lenge,” he quoted fur­ther.

“So let’s get Ken sworn in so he can con­tinue to use his tal­ents to the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple of Ge­or­gia,” Cook said.

Wynne then placed his left hand on the Bi­ble, held his right hand in the air and fol­lowed Per­due’s lead as he re­cited the ju­di­cial oath of of­fice.

He then spoke to the as­sem­bled crowd, which con­tained many of his friends, in­clud­ing Judges Sa­muel Ozburn and Ho­race John­son, his Chief As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Layla Zon and other ADAs, Chief Pub­lic De­fender An­thony Carter and mem­bers of his of­fice, Clerk of the Su­pe­rior Court Linda Hays and other politi­cians.

In his speech, he per­son­ally thanked the sev­eral fam­ily mem­bers in the au­di­ence, in­clud­ing his wife Pam, daugh­ters Court­ney and Ken­dall, his broth­ers Jimmy, Tim and Tony and his sis­ter Deb­bie.

“The two peo­ple who gave the most for me and their other four chil­dren are my par­ents. Though they are no longer with us, their lega­cies of hard work and giv­ing re­mains,” Wynne said, speak­ing of their strug­gles as Ger­man World War II refugees and lives as share­crop­pers. “Nei­ther of them had the ed­u­ca­tion that I re­ceived, but they were bound and de­ter­mined that if I wanted to be a lawyer, they would see it hap­pen. They wanted a bet­ter life for their five chil­dren, and they sac­ri­ficed to see it hap­pen.”

Wynne went on to thank Cook, rem­i­nisc­ing about his days in the DA’s of­fice.

“My friend Alan Cook … trusted me with more re­spon­si­bil­ity than he prob­a­bly should have. As I look back on those times in the early 90s, I think that Alan must have been crazy to name me as his chief as­sis­tant,” Wynne said.

“My broth­ers and sis­ters in the de­fense bar made me a bet­ter lawyer and a bet­ter pros­e­cu­tor. By their tenac­ity, they helped me to re­dou­ble my ef­forts to make sure that I was not wield­ing the power of the state un­fairly and to make sure that I was not pros­e­cut­ing the in­no­cent.”

Wynne said he would miss the DA’s of­fice, but looked for­ward to his role as judge and knew his for­mer of­fice would be in Zon’s good hands. By law, she will be the act­ing district at­tor­ney un­til Per­due of­fi­cially names a re­place­ment.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, Ozburn said he was look­ing for­ward to hav­ing Wynne join him. Wynne will not be al­lowed to han­dle crim­i­nal cases at first, un­til any cases that he would have been in­volved in have passed through the sys­tem. He will han­dle only civil cases.

“He has great in­tel­lect, great com­mon sense and a great knowl­edge of the law,” Ozburn said. “I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with him.”

Wynne will of­fi­cially take the bench in Newton County Thurs­day. He will be hon­ored with a lo­cal re­cep­tion from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Fri­day in his new of­fice in the courthouse.

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