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Clarence Cooper
May 5, 1942 Clarence Cooper is born, Decatur, Georgia
  Clarence Cooper
January 19, 1982 Controversial fiber evidence introduced by Lewis Slayton in the Wayne Williams Atlanta Child Murders Trial is ruled admissible by Judge Clarence Cooper. Today this type of evidence is normally admitted.
  Clarence Cooper
  Atlanta Child Murders
January 25, 1982 Judge Clarence Cooper allows testimony linking Wayne Williams to murders other than the two he is charged with.
  Atlanta Child Murders
  Clarence Cooper
May 9, 1994 President Clinton appoints Clarence Cooper to the United States District Court as a Judge for the Northern District of Georgia
  Clarence Cooper
January 14, 2005 Federal judge Clarence Cooper rules Cobb County stickers refering to evolution as being theory are unconstituional.
  Clarence Cooper


At a time not far removed from segregation, Clarence Cooper began practicing law as a Legal Aid Society lawyer. He later began working for Fulton County District Attorney Lewis Slayton before being selected to fill a seat on the Municipal Court. He became the first African-American to be elected to the Fulton County Superior Court in 1980. Less than two years later he presided over the trial of Wayne Williams, accused murderer in the Atlanta Child Murder Case.

He was appointed to the federal bench because of his work in both Fulton County and on the Georgia Court of Appeals.




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