State House GOP Speaker David Ralston, an attorney facing charges that he violated State Bar rules regarding client payments, made a shrewd move by hiring Georgia’s most prominent Democrat trial lawyer– former Gov. Roy Barnes– to defend him and to seek a possible settlement. It is smart because the Supreme Court-appointed “special master” in the case is Mark Dehler, a Democrat married to former Secretary of State Cathy Cox. Dehler will ultimately make a recommendation to the high court, which decides on any punishment.  It’s too bad this case appears to have been politicized to this degree but, even so, now Ralston supporters hope his ship will be … RISING


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