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Glen Edward Ashman (1956 in New York City, New York) is a jurist who has been a judge in the Municipal Court of East Point, Georgia since 1988. He was last reappointed on July 2, 2007. The East Point City Court is one of the state's busier municipal courts, handling traffic, housing code, East Point City ordinance and other criminal cases.
Ashman received his B.A. from Emory University and his Juris doctor cum laude from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, where he was on the Mercer Law Review. He was admitted to practice law in Georgia in 1980.
Books and articles
Ashman is the author of the Georgia Municipal Judges Benchbook, updated annually and used by judges across the state as a basic reference. He has authored the Benchbook since 2002. The benchbook is published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (ICJE) and the Georgia Council of Municipal Court Judges.
Online Forums and Blogs
Ashman is a long-time participant in the online world, hosting some of the longest lived forums on Delphi Forums. His Personal Law dates to the mid-1990s. He also briefly served as a former member of the DelphiForums staff. His Personal Law's "Ask a Lawyer for Free" is one of the oldest legal help resources on the internet, dating back to 1994. He is also active on LawGuru.com's Ask a Lawyer service.
The Kudzu Case
One of Judge Ashman's more notable and unusual cases had the unexpected result of ultimately defining the law for appeals from municipal courts in Georgia. Russell v. City of East Point, 261 Ga. 213, 403 SE2d 50 (1991), an appeal of Judge Ashman's decision, dealt with how appellate courts handle appeals of Constitutional issues from local courts. Locally, it is more commonly known as the kudzu case, and dealt with an attorney's home being overgrown with the weed. The constitutional issue was whether a right to a jury trial applies in a local ordinance case in which the court has held that there is no possibility of incarceration.