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Middle Ga. judge faces suspension for alleged retaliation against witnesses

April 23, 2010 --

A middle Georgia judge retaliated against two witnesses who testified in January about his courtroom conduct, state investigators say. Those actions may cost Twiggs Probate Judge Kenneth Fowler his paycheck.

Meet the homeowners whose loss was Paulson’s $1B gain

April 22, 2010 --

The Wall Street Journal tracked down homeowners whose home mortgages were part of the CDO (collateralized debt obligation) that forms the basis of the SEC’s lawsuit against Goldman Sachs.

April 22

April 22, 2010 --

Baker won’t sue Justice Dep’t over citizenship verification MARTA kept part of lease-back deals off books Judge Caldwell admits he made inappropriate comments Mountain Circuit’s Judge Cornwell was under investigation Attorney general: Looks like budget is illegal Perdue makes ethics group’s worst governors list New CRCT cheating charge probed in Richmond County Rome city schools: […]

April 21

April 21, 2010 --

Expert: Augusta nuclear reactor flawed House votes for school board ethics measure Ethics bill to come up for vote Wednesday 2nd District GOP chair resigns after impartiality questioned Milton wants to depoliticize ethics process 

Griffin Circuit judge agrees never to be a judge again

April 21, 2010 --

Griffin Circuit Superior Court Judge Johnnie L. Caldwell Jr. agreed he would never be a judge again when he resigned this week. That generally happens when the state has launched an investigation of the judge’s conduct. DA Scott Ballard acknowledged that a state investigator met with him Tuesday.

April 20

April 20, 2010 --

Proposal said to make Ga. death statute vulnerable to attack SCLC factions battle over bank accounts, leadership positions Ethics lawyer resigns amid investigation Gender pay gap not as severe in Ga. Bill seeks to ban lobbyists on boards Saxby Chambliss and the fight over derivatives ATL councilman calls for moratorium on parking enforcement Columbus State […]

Fulton judge rejects Dems’ challenge to voter ID law

Fulton judge rejects Dems' challenge to voter ID law
April 20, 2010 --

A Fulton County judge has dismissed an effort by Georgia Democrats to upend a 2006 law requiring voters to produce a photo ID before they cast a ballot. Democrats contended the law was an unconstitutional infringement on the right to vote. ‘Tain’t so, says Fulton County Superior Court Judge Tom Campbell.

Rules panel rejects gift limits, moves ethics bill on

Rules panel rejects gift limits, moves ethics bill on
April 20, 2010 --

UPDATE: The ethics bill was recommitted just now (12:20 p.m. Wednesday) to the Rules Committee. Not sure what’s up with that. We’ll find out when the committee meets at 1:30 p.m.

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The House Rules Committee today pushed ahead with Speaker David Ralston’s ethics bill after rejecting Democrats’ drive for a $50 cap on gifts from lobbyists. The panel scheduled the bill, tweaked just before the meeting, for debate by the full House on Wednesday. Procedurally, the measure was passed in such a way that it cannot be amended on the House floor.

Indicted hospital CEO’s golden parachute: $6.3 million

Indicted hospital CEO’s golden parachute: $6.3 million
April 20, 2010 --

Former CEO Ken Beverly, who pleaded not guilty last week to Medicaid fraud, walked away from his Thomasville hospital gig in 2008 with a payout of $6.3 million. Plus expenses. A federal grand jury this month accused Beverly, as chief executive of Archbold Medical Center, of falsifying records to con Medicaid out of more than $9 million for his hospital.

Griffin Circuit’s Johnnie Caldwell resigns judgeship after 15 years

April 19, 2010 --

Another one bites the dust: Johnnie L. Caldwell Jr., a Superior Court judge in Fayette and adjoining counties for 15 years, resigned today effective at the end of the week. Caldwell said he wanted “time to visit with my grandkids and maybe practice law.”

April 19

April 19, 2010 --

Riot at Downing Creek mirrors foster care morass Teacher sodomy case turns on privacy issues In time of cuts, state still pays for roadside beauty Prosecutor blames Fulton courts for case dismissal Everything’s relative with Augusta lawmakers’ appointees Officer at-fault collisions rise in Chatham County

If lobbyists don’t disclose spending on lawmakers’ travel, who will?

April 19, 2010 --

Lobbyists have reported shelling out $175,000 for lodging and other travel-related expenses for Georgia lawmakers since 2005: Sporting events, hunting excursions, and countless jaunts to beach resorts to attend meetings and conventions. Lobbyists may no longer have to disclose much of this spending under a proposed ethics bill. The question is: Who will? Read on […]