Georgia Magazine - October 2011 - (Page 38B)

Georgia Gold Medal Plant of the Month A landscaping asset BY CONNIE COTTINGHAM A rkansas Amsonia was discovered in central Arkansas in the 1940s and has proven to be a great asset to home landscapes. This plant creates a fi nely textured, fl uffy mound about 3 feet high and slightly wider. It thrives in full sun, moist conditions and great drainage—and may get considerably larger when in the perfect location. It can tolerate part shade, but give it too much shade and the branches may fl op. It also can withstand dry conditions. In April and May, clusters of small, light blue, star-shaped fl owers appear at the end of each stem Liberty notes Importance of public trials to protect liberty BY JIM JESS T he authors of the Sixth Amendment, which requires public trials, were familiar with secret trials in England. One notorious example was the Court of the Star Chamber. Known for its secrecy and abuses of liberty under the English Stuart kings, there was no appeal from its decisions. The injustices of the Star Chamber demonstrated the need for public trials. The English settlers who came to our shores recognized a public trial as one of the rights of Englishmen, and it has been a cherished right for generations of Americans. In 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right to a public trial in the case In re Oliver. William Oliver was convicted of contempt before a judge conducting a one-man grand jury investigation in secret, as permitted by the laws of Michigan. The judge believed the defendant was evading his questions. The Supreme Court stated that while Oliver was testifying, 38B “the proceedings abruptly changed.” The investigation became a “trial,” the grand jury became a judge, and the witness became an accused charged with contempt of court—all in secret. Following a charge, conviction and sentence, the petitioner was led away to prison— still without any break in the secrecy. The court concluded: It is “the law of the land” that no man’s life, liberty or property be forfeited as a punishment until there has been a charge fairly made and fairly tried in a public tribunal. … The petitioner [defendant] was convicted without that kind of trial. The court acknowledged some of the history of secret trials: The traditional Anglo-American distrust for secret trials has been variously ascribed to the notorious use of this practice by the Spanish Inquisition, to the excesses of the English Court of Star Chamber, and to the French monarchy’s abuse of the More online at lettre de cachet. [The lettre de cachet was an order of the king that one of his subjects be imprisoned or exiled without a trial or an opportunity to defend himself.] All of these institutions obviously symbolized a menace to liberty. … Each of them had become an instrument for the suppression of political and religious heresies in ruthless disregard of the right of an accused to a fair trial. The Sixth Amendment, which requires public trials, allows citizens to view the actions of judges and prosecutors, thereby serving as a check on their power in the court of public opinion. For more Liberty notes, see page 8. For the U.S. Supreme Court decision In re Oliver, see case.html. GEORGIA MAGAZINE To read this month’s Georgia Gardens story on creating a nighttime garden, see page 32. How are the plants selected? Plants are chosen by the Georgia Plant Selections Committee, a nonprofi t organization composed of professionals in the horticulture industry. For more information, visit www.georgiagold of Arkansas Amsonia. Each fall the feathery green foliage turns a bright shade of wheat-gold, which is a dramatic contrast to many plants, especially those with bold, russet leaves. Connie Cottingham is a freelance Arkansas Amsonia, Bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii) garden writer, master gardener, garden club member and landscape architect who gardens in Zone 7b Athens. GEORGIA GOLD MEDAL PROGRAM Bonus Content

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - October 2011

Georgia Magazine - October 2011
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Georgia's Energy Outlook
Naturally Florida
Florida Destinations
2011 Reader's Choice Awards
Other Top Picks in Our Readers’ Choice Contest
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks
More Snapshot Submissions
Gardens Plant of the Month; Liberty Notes
More on Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Energy-Efficiency Tips
More Great Recipes

Georgia Magazine - October 2011