Q: Why did you agree to defend Nichols?
A: I have spent 25 years practicing and teaching the art of trial advocacy, and a significant part of the last 15 years thinking about and working through the difficult issues associated with the trials of death penalty cases. . . . The first calling of a trial lawyer is to translate difficult and complex facts and frequently arcane legal concepts into comprehensible terms and to do so in a persuasive manner. I think I can help do that. Beyond that, violence, and most especially deadly violence, hurts families and communities in many and often complex ways. My view of the art of criminal defense calls on the lawyer to be sensitive to those injuries and to seek restorative justice wherever possible. The community in Fulton County is in tremendous need of restorative justice."