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July 12

July 12, 2010 --

Lawsuit: Legislator sought mortgage break for brother Sewage in the Hooch costs Douglas Co. 1.5 cents per gallon Candidates spar over ethics at GOP debate Ga. developing new day-care improvement system

Hunter freed after 7 years in prison for brother’s death

Hunter freed after 7 years in prison for brother's death
July 12, 2010 --

A Walton County man will walk out of prison after serving seven years in prison for murdering his brother while hunting on the family farm. The Georgia Supreme Court today unanimously threw out Joshua Hames‘ 2002 conviction, ruling that prosecutors never proved a critical element of the crime and that Hames’ lawyer, a former prosecutor, failed to challenge them on it.

Audit: ATL code compliance looked good — after cooking the books

Audit: ATL code compliance looked good -- after cooking the books
July 12, 2010 --

Atlanta’s Office of Code Compliance manipulated inspection data to inflate the agency’s caseload and vastly overstate its performance, city auditors say. Its files were such a mess that workers often couldn’t even find paperwork for a particular case. Auditors said the office staff was told to record inspection dates even if no inspection had occurred. For one month, the faulty data made it appear the average inspection was conducted 14 days after the complaint came in; auditors calculated it really took nearly six months.