GT JUNIOR JUDGE APPOINTED IN GEORGIA

JAMMING   by   MONTY ALEXANDER.

GT JUNIOR JUDGE APPOINTED IN GEORGIA

BY EWALT AINSWORTH              10 09 2012

Buxton celebrated and the Corentyne was in high spirits as Junior Knights, second son of former teachers and Guyana Defense Force Captain Stephen Knights was sworn in as a judge in Clayton County Georgia. Stephen senior practices immigration law primarily in New York and is considered a staple in the West Indian community.

His son Junior follows in his footsteps and is a second generation judge after being exposed as a prosecutor in Georgia. Stephen senior before leaving Guyana two decades ago for the United States was also a magistrate in the Georgetown jurisdiction.  Before becoming a magistrate Stephen senior was also  Legal Adviser to the National Insurance Scheme  (NIS) for a number of years.  His wife Hazel was a school teacher and resident of Buxton on the East Coast of Demerara.             Like father like son, Junior is married and also has three children of his own.  This writer was unable to speak with Junior directly because he had taken off for a long awaited vacation in the Pacific Islands.  He penned his curriculum-vitae which is reproduces here in its entirety…..

Attorney Stephen Knights, Jr

Attorney Stephen Knights, Jr. is a native of Georgetown, Guyana (South America). He is a second generation Attorney, following in his father’s footsteps. His parents, Stephen and Hazel, migrated to Brooklyn, NY, along with his sister, Portia, and brother. Joshua. He attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City where he majored in Criminology, with a minor in Psychology. While at John Jay, he was a member of the Firearms Training Society. He was also a top-rated host on the school’s radio station. Before graduating, Knights volunteered as an Auxiliary Police Officer with the 17th Precinct of the New York City Police Department where he assisted in protecting the citizens.

In 2005, he received his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. While in law school, he interned with the Innocence Project. While with the Innocence Project, he reviewed cold cases (old and closed files) to see whether newly-discovered DNA evidence could exculpate incarcerated individuals.

Later, he interned with the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There, he represented and assisted over 100 clients who faced misdemeanor and felony charges.

Further, while in Law School, he was active in Moot Court and Mock Trial competitions and represented his school across the country in Competitions. He was the Chairman of the Moot Court Board and Vice-Magister for Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity. He was the Senior Research Editor for the Law Journal and the Features Editor for the school newspaper called “The Pillar.” Knights was also a Senior Staff Writer for “The Docket” which is a monthly Legal magazine.

Knights was the Winner of the First-Year Moot Court Competition, Best Advocate of Intra-School Mock Trial Competition, and Winner of the Intra-School Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition. He received the Distinguished Student Award as well as several other notable Awards. He gave the valedictory speech at his graduation.

In 2006, he became an Assistant Solicitor General with the Clayton County Solicitor General’s Office in Georgia. There he prosecuted all misdemeanor offenses ranging from traffic offenses (suspended license, speeding, tag violation, no insurance, etc.) to Driving under the Influence (DUIs) and Battery-Family Violence (Domestic Violence) cases. He also received the Professional Image Award while at that office. That award was given to Knights because he represented the office in a professional, diligent and capable manner. It was the first time that award was given to anyone in that office.

In 2007, he became an Assistant District Attorney with the Griffin Judicial Circuit in Georgia. There he specialized in prosecuting drug offenses and had cases in Spalding, Pike, Upson, and Fayette Counties. He had numerous jury trials, ranging from ounces to kilograms of drugs including; cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Part of his duties also included arguing Motions to Suppress, Preliminary Hearings, Bond Hearings, and Juvenile Court proceedings.

In 2009, Knights became a Senior Litigation Assistant District Attorney with the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office in Georgia. He prosecuted all felony criminal cases including murders, armed robberies, rapes, and child molestations. In addition, he handled appeals to the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court. He completed 10 successful appeals. Most recently, in June 2011, he successfully presented a case in front of the seven justices of the Georgia Supreme Court. The case involved an issue of the inconsistent verdict rule in a murder conviction. The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed the conviction in the case of Guajardo v. State, S11A0965. While at the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Knights had a 98% conviction for his two and a half years tenure, and a 100% conviction rate in 2011.

Knights is licensed to practice law in Georgia, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. He has over 6 years experience as a Prosecutor in Georgia, and he has over a decade of experience in the Criminal Justice System. In January 2012, he joined his wife, Keysha Knights, law firm. He specializes in Criminal Defense. Keysha Knights practices Immigration Law, Personal Injury, Family Law, and Wills. The website is www.knightslegal.com and the telephone number is 678-373-4433.

In August 2012, Knights was sworn in as a Magistrate Court Judge in the Clayton County Magistrate Court in Georgia. He was appointed by Chief Magistrate Court Judge Daphne Walker. In that role, Knights presides over criminal and civil matters; signs arrest and search warrants, and performs other tasks. As a Judge, Knights pledges to be responsible, impartial and fair.

SNK, Jr., Esq.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Congratulations Attorney Stephen Knights!

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    • Posted by Megan Lambert on October 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Congratulations, you have done your parents and your country Guyana proud. Keep up the good work. God bless.

      Reply

  2. Posted by francis jackson on October 12, 2012 at 4:21 am

    The brightest and the best are leaving Guyana and applying their skills elsewhere – who is left?
    congratulations fellow compatriot …

    Reply

  3. Posted by VeRnon on October 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Congratulations.I am so proud, more so because I am an ex Sergeant of Police from Guyana living here in Georgia.Again congrats on your achievements.

    Reply

  4. Posted by Margaret on October 15, 2012 at 12:40 am

    You have made us back home so very proud of you. Let God be a part of your success

    Reply

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