Lawyer Pate Pate, who regularly featured on CNN as a legal expert on topics such as Georgia’s investigation of potential election interference by former President Donald Trump, the deprivation of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis of the Walt Disney Special District, and the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, has died. off the coast of Georgia on Sunday, his law firm Pate, Johnson & Church said CNN. He was 55.
The famous trial attorney lived all his life in Georgia, living between Atlanta and St. Simons Island. Acting Glynn County Fire and Rescue Chief Vinnie DiCristofalo told CNN that Pate was swept away by a reverse current near Gould’s Bay beach, at the last location.
DiCristofalo told the publication that just after 2 p.m. on Sunday, rescuers received a message about “two swimmers in distress.” The acting chief confirmed that the two swimmers were Pate and his son.
While his son made it to shore safely, Pate did not. According to CNN, a rescue boat pulled Pate out of the water and took him to the hospital, where he died.
DiCristofalo said, “I don’t have direct information if they were together and broke up.” But Hurricane Earl, which hit Puerto Rico the weekend before, parallel The east coast heading north during the week may have strengthened local reverse currents.
According to CNN, Pate is survived by his wife and two sons.
Pate has been a regular contributor to local and national media outlets on legal issues and high-profile lawsuits, including regional outlets such as 11Alive News, CBS 46 News and WABE in Atlanta. He has also been a regular contributor to CNN and has been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, and many other national and local publications on constitutional law and other legal issues.