Vic Reynolds was born and raised in Rome, Ga., and is a graduate of Floyd County public schools. In 1979 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro.
After graduating, Vic returned to Rome, where he was in law enforcement for four years. In 1986, Vic graduated from law school at Georgia State University and began prosecuting felony cases as an assistant district attorney in Fulton and Cobb counties. He was a prosecutor in Cobb when he was appointed as Chief Magistrate in 1994. Vic won election to a full term as Chief Magistrate in 1996, earning 72 percent of the vote. As Chief Magistrate, his duties included presiding over the Cobb County Drug Court. He left the bench in 1999 and began practicing criminal-defense law.
In July 2012, Vic was chosen by voters as the Republican nominee for District Attorney of the Cobb Judicial Circuit, and he won the office without opposition in the Nov. 6, 2012, general election.
He and his wife, Holly, who is also from Rome, have two daughters.
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DA Reynolds to speak at free elder-abuse seminar set for Dec. 14
EAST COBB – Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds is among the featured speakers at a free seminar on elder abuse to be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 in east Cobb. It is sponsored by the Cobb Elder Abuse Task Force.
The meeting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Sterling Estates senior community, 4220 Lower Roswell Road, in east Cobb. The seminar, which is free and open to the public, will provide information on various types of elder abuse and how to identify, prevent and report them.
District Attorney Reynolds will speak about the issue and answer questions, and representatives of local law-enforcement agencies will also be available.
Cobb deputy chief ADA to co-chair evidence program
Michael Scott Carlson with his father, Professor Ronald L. Carlson,
and District Attorney Vic Reynolds.
ATLANTA – Michael Scott Carlson, deputy chief assistant district attorney in Cobb, will co-chair an Institute of Continuing Legal Education program titled "Carlson on Evidence," on Dec. 19, 2013, at Georgia State Bar Headquarters in Atlanta.
Deputy Chief Carlson and his father, Ronald L. Carlson, Callaway Chair of Law Emeritus, at the University of Georgia Law School, have recently published the second edition of their book, "Carlson on Evidence." That work is a comprehensive comparison of the Federal and Georgia rules of evidence.
The daylong seminar for lawyers will feature six sessions, with a focus on Georgia's new evidence rules. Cobb County prosecutors and judges who are slated to participate as panelists include District Attorney Vic Reynolds; Don Geary, chief assistant district attorney; John Melvin, deputy chief assistant district attorney; Cobb Superior Court Judge James G. Bodiford; and Cobb State Court Judge Henry R. Thompson.
DA Reynolds, who will be a featured presenter during the “Judges and Lawyers Panel,” noted his enthusiasm about the event.
“Ronald and Michael Carlson are experts in the area of evidence, as well as being entertaining personalities," Reynolds said. "I am honored to participate in this powerful program.”
Lawyers interested in attending the seminar can find more information by visiting the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia website here.
SPSU forensic-auditing students get real-world example through mock trial
MARIETTA – Thirty undergraduate students from Southern Polytechnic State University came to Cobb Superior Court recently to participate in mock trials.
For their final exam, the students in Professor William Beeken's Fraud Examination courses had to prepare an expert report, which included analyzing data, generating trial exhibits and coordinating with attorneys on a case. The group then selected one student to undergo direct and cross examination during the mock trials.
Prosecutors and forensic-accounting professionals worked with SPSU students on mock trials of fraud cases.
"The District Attorney’s Office coordinated this event with SPSU and IAG Forensics to provide a real-world example of what these young forensic auditors will have to face in their future careers," said Deputy Chief ADA John Melvin, who heads the White-Collar Unit in the Cobb DA's Office.
Some of the students are also interning with the White Collar Unit.
DA Reynolds speaks on Stand Your Ground
Other panelists included Cobb Superior Court Judge C. LaTain Kell; Cobb State Court Judge Marsha Lake; Cobb Solicitor Barry Morgan; and attorneys Nathan Wade and Cindy Yeager. Mr. Reynolds also fielded questions about expungement of criminal records, in addition to discussion on the Stand Your Ground law.
“Accountability Courts” like the Mental Health Court put an emphasis on accountability and treatment, as opposed to punishment and incarceration. The idea began in 1989 with the creation of the first Drug Treatment Court, which started when a Florida judge became fed up with the revolving door of drug offenders.
Cobb’s Mental Health Court is a voluntary program for certain felony offenders with a documented severe and persistent mental illness that contributed to the crime charged. The treatment-based program aims to address the individual’s underlying illness and prevent future criminal acts.
“County jails are often a community’s largest mental-health treatment facility,” Moore said. “We’re trying to improve, in the long term, the safety of the community.”
As of November 2013, there are 15 people participating in Cobb’s Mental Health Court. Each participant is part of the program for a minimum of two years, and he or she has an individual treatment plan to follow. Treatment is delivered through the Cobb/Douglas Community Service Board.
Other program features include regular court appearances; medication compliance; frequent but random drug and alcohol tests; curfew checks and house searches; and employment and education requirements. Participants must have stable housing in Cobb County.
During the first several months, someone with the program – a case manager, for example, or a therapist or judge – will physically see the individual nearly every day.
“That way we know what’s going on with them,” Moore said.
Under District Attorney Vic Reynolds, Moore has been able to work full-time on the accountability courts and diversion program.
“The Cobb District Attorney’s Office is a strong supporter of the Mental Health Court and of accountability courts in general. We believe this court combines a treatment aspect with a long-term goal of prevention, all while holding a defendant accountable,” District Attorney Reynolds said. “This court is an example of the criminal justice system in Cobb County thinking outside of the box and developing a viable alternative to the standard way of dealing with a defendant who suffers from mental challenges.”
Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary E. Staley presides over the court, with Judge J. Stephen Schuster assisting. Kristie Garrett is Cobb’s Accountability Courts Director, and Superior Court Administrator Thomas Charron is also part of the Mental Health Court team.
Domestic Violence Vigil
District Attorney Vic Reynolds gave a powerful speech on men’s involvement in the fight against domestic violence during the annual vigil. The event was held Oct. 25 in Marietta Square.
There are several resources available to assist Cobb residents who need help.
Domestic Violence and Adult Sexual Assault
For shelter, support groups, program services, counseling, community education and prevention, Latino outreach, contact the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.
For crisis services-intervention, assessment and treatment; forensic interviews, evaluation and counseling; community education and prevention, contact the SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center.
Find out about support groups, annual memorial services, and community education through the Crime Victims Advocacy Council.
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