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The Supreme Court of Georgia routinely emphasizes the importance of interpreting the Georgia Constitution on its own terms, and not merely importing federal interpretations of the federal Constitution. That makes sense, “[r]eal federalism means that state constitutions are not mere shadows cast by their federal counterparts, always subject to change at the hand of a federal court’s new interpretation of the federal Constitution." But independent interpretation of the Georgia Constitution is often easier to talk about than to do.