In 2015, Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Boulee to the DeKalb bench, where he founded the county’s veterans treatment court. Before that, Boulee was a partner at the Jones Day law firm and once served as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps.
Boulee has presided over the high-profile murder case against DeKalb police officer Robert Olsen, who shot and killed unarmed Afghanistan War veteran Anthony Hill at a Chamblee apartment complex in March 2015.
In a recent ruling, Boulee rejected Olsen's attorneys' claims that the officer was acting in self-defense and should be immune from prosecution. But with his nomination now before the Senate, Boulee may be unable to preside over Olsen's trial.
Staff writer Tamar Hallerman contributed to this story.