Justices of the Supreme Court of Georgia heard cases before bare walls this week, as portraits of their predecessors are being transferred to the state’s new judicial center a few blocks away. Along with the paintings, the court is expected to bring to its new digs a debate with prosecutors over trial judges’ powers to overturn a jury verdict in exceptional cases.

Last month, seven of nine justices warned prosecutors that appealing judges’ “13th juror” decisions based on their assessment of evidence and testimony credibility, have “no realistic chance to prevail” and would only waste everyone’s time and resources.

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