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(AP) — Georgia’s judicial branch has long fought to preserve its independence amid concerns that their counterparts in the Legislature or governor’s mansion are overstepping their bounds. Georgia’s top judges even threatened to go to court last year to block deep cuts to the judiciary ordered by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

But the latest threat to the judiciary isn’t in the form of sharp budget cuts but an obscure legal case that reached the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday about whether a court reporting company can dish out $25 gas cards as incentives to its employees.

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