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DeKalb jury enters 2nd day in legislator malpractice case

May 5, 2009 --

A DeKalb County jury deliberated for 2 1/2 hours Tuesday in a case alleging legal malpractice by state Rep. Randal Mangham. The jury is considering three days of testimony regarding Mangham’s handling of a personal injury case stemming from a 1995 car wreck. Mangham’s former client, Karen Smith, claimed she suffered two herniated discs when […]

Bob Barr Leadership Fund out of gas?

Bob Barr Leadership Fund out of gas?
May 4, 2009 --

The Bob Barr Leadership Fund, once among the largest political action committees in Georgia, appears to be just about out of cash. Looks may be deceiving, though. The committee’s fate, treasurer Paul Kilgore said Tuesday, is “to be determined. … I think they want to keep their options open.” Barr (right), a former U.S. attorney […]

Missouri developer’s PAC made $123,000 in political donations with no disclosure

Missouri developer's PAC made $123,000 in political donations with no disclosure
May 4, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS May 4, 2009 — A Georgia-based political action committee gave $123,000 in political donations in the 2008 election cycle without reporting them, Atlanta Unfiltered has learned. The PAC is funded primarily by a Missouri developer, Jeffrey E. Smith (right), whose companies receive state and federal tax credits to build low-income housing in […]

Atlanta sitting on $4 million in refunds to water customers

May 4, 2009 --

Atlanta’s water department has illegally kept $4 million that should have been refunded to 29,000 customers who closed their accounts, a city audit shows. Apparently, part of the problem is that no one ever told customer-service reps in the water department about changes last year in the city code. Auditors said employees who handle refunds […]

Ethics Commission drops Lisa Borders lobbying complaint

Ethics Commission drops Lisa Borders lobbying complaint
May 1, 2009 --

The state has dropped an ethics investigation of Atlanta mayoral candidate Lisa Borders (right) because the person who filed the complaint could not prove misconduct. Borders, who is president of the Atlanta City Council, was accused of improperly lobbying Georgia legislators to pass a so-called “private cities” bill on behalf of her then-employer, Cousins Properties. […]

Lawmaker, former client, square off over alleged malpractice

May 1, 2009 --

A civil trial of a legal malpractice claim against state Rep. Randal Mangham got under way Thursday in DeKalb County State Court. Karen Smith, an employee of the Dekalb Sheriff’s Department, claims Mangham fouled up a personal injury case stemming from a 1995 car wreck on Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta. She alleges that Mangham’s […]