Crumbley, Amero hear Georgia Supreme Court cases

From Staff Reports

Henry County Superior Court Judges Wade Crumbley and Brian Amero recently heard cases for the Georgia Supreme Court.

Crumbley was designated to serve in place of Justice Nels S. D. Peterson in the appeal of Wood v. The State. The Supreme Court of Georgia heard arguments in the case Aug. 15. The case centers on a man indicted for child molestation, who was appealing a Georgia Court of Appeals ruling, arguing the appellate court was wrong to reverse a Habersham County court’s dismissal of his indictment on constitutional speedy trial grounds.

Crumbley, 63, was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 2006 by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue. He was elected to a full term in a contested election in 2006 and has been re-elected twice without opposition. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he spent 27 years in private law practice.

Crumbley graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from UGA’s School of Law in 1978.

Crumbley served as County Attorney for Henry County from 1979-1980 and from 1994-1999. He served as Special Master in the State Bar of Georgia disciplinary proceedings from 1995-1999, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Death Penalty Resource Center from 1998-2005. Crumbley also served on the Investigative Panel of the Disciplinary Board of the State of Georgia from 1999-2002 and in 2005.

A member of the American and Henry County Bar Associations, Crumbley is also a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia. He has served as the president of the Henry County Bar Association and is also a past president of the Flint Circuit Bar Association. He is a past recipient of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Indigent Defense Award.

Crumbley is married and has four children.

Amero was designated to serve in place of Justice Michael P. Boggs in the appeal of Brindle et al. v. Rogers. The Supreme Court of Georgia heard arguments Aug. 14. In the high-profile case, attorneys represented a housekeeper who secretly videotaped her employer, the former chief executive officer of Waffle House, having sex with her. The housekeeper appealed a Georgia Court of Appeals decision upholding the attorneys’ disqualification as the woman’s lawyers.

Amero, 50, was elected to Henry County Superior Court in 2006, and was unopposed in his re-election bids in 2010 and 2014. Prior to his election to the bench, Judge Amero served as an assistant district attorney in the Clayton Judicial Circuit. He then worked for several years in civil litigation practices in midtown Atlanta before joining Meadows & Macie, P.C., in Stockbridge.

Amero received his Bachelor of Arts in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Political Science and International Relations and a minor in South African Literature. He received his Master of Arts in Political Science in 1991 from Wilfrid Laurier University and his Juris Doctorate in 1994 from the University of South Carolina.

Amero serves on the Judicial Council and on the Executive Committee of the Council of Superior Court Judges. He founded and has presided over the Henry County Adult Felony Drug Court. He also founded and has presided over the Parental Accountability Court in Henry County.

Amero has been married to his wife Carolina for 24 years. They have two daughters and are members of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church in McDonough.