I chose to serve as a legislative intern because I believe it is important to have an understanding of the legislative process and how decisions on the state level impact all Georgians, said Hickey, whose time studying agricultural communication solidified her interest in the policymaking process.
I have learned that it truly takes a team of individuals working together to develop and pass a bill, Hickey said.
Hickey credits her agricultural communication courses with preparing her for work at the Capitol.
Appeals by the Hickeys on the issues of deductions for previous criminality and lack of consistency in the amount of their award compared with James Robinson were dismissed.
An independent assessor had ruled that the 'loss of earnings' element in awards to cousins Michael and Vincent Hickey should be reduced by 25 per cent to take account of the living expenses they had not incurred during their imprisonment.
Lord Brennan had awarded Michael Hickey, aged 42, a total of pounds 990,000, and Vincent Hickey, 49, pounds 506,220, subject to deductions for saved living expenses which they would otherwise have incurred as free men.
By surviving 16 years after a second heart transplant, Hickey has beaten the medical odds.
In those years, Hickey has studied and taught the Bible, watched his children grow up and have children of their own, and buried his mother and father.
Hickey was lucky to have a wife who refused to accept the grim prognosis from doctors after he suffered a heart attack in December 1986, when the couple were living in Denver.