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    Terrell Benton, Jr.

    by Former Representative John Barrow

    Posted on 2013-02-15

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    BARROW of Georgia asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. BARROW of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor the 50 years that Terrell W. Benton, Jr., has served as a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

    Terrell Benton earned both undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia and, as one colleague put it, is ``the very model of what a lawyer should be.'' Terrell Benton believes that all deserve effective representation in our courts. That may be common today, but in 1964, my daddy's first year on the bench, not everybody felt that way. In that year, Terrell defended a black man the State was trying to put to death for killing a white man. He was convicted of the crime he committed, but he was spared the death penalty thanks to Terrell. That would have been no small feat for the most accomplished lawyer in that time and place, but considering that Terrell was just 1 year out of law school made it all the more remarkable.

    Today, Terrell is general counsel to three school districts and serves on a host of civic boards.

    I know I speak for lawyers everywhere when I thank Terrell Benton for his commitment to equal justice for all and for his 50 years of service to our profession.


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