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Overstreet to seek sixth term as Superior Court judge

Saturday, March 10, 2012 3:11 PM
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Augusta Judicial Circuit Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet has announced plans to run for a sixth term as Superior Court judge on the non-partisan primary ballot this summer.

J. Carlisle Overstreet  SPECIAL/FILE
J. Carlisle Overstreet

Overstreet, 66, serves as the chief judge of the district made up of Burke, Columbia and Richmond counties. He was appointed to office in 1991 by then-Gov. Zell Miller to fill the unexpired term of retiring Superior Court Judge Franklin Pierce. Over­street won an election for the seat the following year.

He became chief judge in 2008, succeeding Superior Court Judge William Fleming.

He said his desire to help the community and passion for law is what encourages him to continue his career in the justice system.

“You keep in the back of your mind you’re trying to improve society,” Overstreet said. “No matter what you do, people don’t always agree with you, but you’ve got to be committed yourself.”

In his 20 years on the bench, Overstreet said the most memorable was the 1999 trial of attorney William Lumpkin, whom he sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a real estate agent.

“It was a very involved case,” Overstreet said, noting the breadth of science used as evidence, including a fingerprint on a roll of saran wrap to prove Lumpkin’s location.

During his time in the courts, Overstreet said he has seen social changes in the city where he works. Compared with the early 1990s, the city has more drug crimes and incidents such as burglaries and robberies being connected to drugs, he said.

“In ’91, it wasn’t necessarily like that,” Overstreet said. “As far as the criminal justice system goes, that’s probably the biggest influence I’ve seen on it.”

Among his work in Augusta, Overstreet has led the creation of a mediation program, endorsed accountability and treatment courts, coordinated safety plans for the three courthouses, and helped plan the judicial center and John H. Ruffin, Jr. Courthouse.

“I’ve been on the bench for 20 years, and I’ve practiced law for 20 years so I’ve had some challenges, but I’m looking forward to another four years,” he said.

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raul 03/10/12 - 05:40 pm
Judge, there is a life after

Judge, there is a life after working. Retire and enjoy the rest of your life.

csraguy 03/11/12 - 01:36 am
He isn't quite as forgiving

He isn't quite as forgiving to repeat offenders as other judges seem to be so another 4 years will be good.

corazon 03/11/12 - 06:37 pm
Thank you Judge Overstreet

Thank you Judge Overstreet for been fair using the Law correct and sending those people and crooks where they belong. I will vote for you again.

butterball1 02/21/14 - 04:27 am
The reason I am emailing you

The reason I am emailing you is because ,we have a problem down here in Perkins Ga. I donot remeber the superior court judge we went in front of in 2013,about some land down here in jenkins county.We hired a lawyer Mrs. Evenlyn Hubbard and she is not doing her job and we can not afford to hire another lawyer.The superior judge told lorean Overstreet Smith he had to be a judge for augusta, Ga and aunt Mary Hunter is fighting for lorean overstreet land the 10.67 areas,that all she gets 2.00 areas of land.And Ms Mary Hunter is to pay taxs, frm 1994 to know , get the quiet deed right, by a lawyer , and Mary hunter has noy done this .We were hopingthat you could help us what the lawyerand Mary hunterand James William Overstreet ( Likley).And have her part survery the land and she said that she was not going to pay for nothing and so far she has not payed for not thing and our laewyer will not push it with the superior judge said to her and it is on the records down at millen court house but we do not remember who was the judge that done all of this whe we went to count. And yes you are kid to Lorean Overstreet Smith,her Dad's name is James Edward Overstreet, and his Dad was Doresy Overstreet. We need HELP Bad.We can not buy us a Doublewide with out the deeds to the land, We done everything that was legal by law,we payed the tax's,survice the 8.42 areas That we get and hired a lawyer. Our lawyer told me that she was going to take it back to court and get the Judge to override Mary Hunter,James William Overstreet because they are not doing any thing with their part of theland Mary Hunter gets 2 areas and James William Overstreet is geting a 1/4 of the land. That is all he gets.Can you fine out the judge we see down here in Millen Ga. Get every thing striaght. With the land, we have been wait a year and a 1/2. Can you PLEASE HELP US because our lawyer is not doing nothing. Lorean Overstreet and Bobby Smith 706-551-7511 or 706 -551-7444. PLEASE WE REALLY AND TRULY NEED HELP. Can you help us Please We are Begging you. We live at 2040 Sherrys Ln in Perkins Ga 30442 Email: is

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