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Oct. 14

October 14, 2010 --

Barnes claimed tax breaks on house he didn’t own Nathan Deal lobbied AG, EPD for landfill Nathan Deal answers ethics questions Is DeKalb CEO disregarding budget cuts? N. Ga. judge involved in campaign conflict? Ga. board of education delays adopting ethics policy model Barrow Co.’s HR director quits, drops complaint Oconee commission backs ethics ordinance

ACLU sues feds for deporting mentally ill U.S. citizen

October 13, 2010 --

Federal authorities deported a mentally ill North Carolina man even though he was an American citizen and had never set foot in Mexico before he was deported there, the ACLU alleged in a lawsuit filed today. Mark Lyttle, now living in Griffin, spent four months in jails and homeless shelters in Central America before he got back to the U.S. “I didn’t think what happened to my brother could ever happen in America,” said David Lyttle, one of his brothers. Read the ACLU news release and the lawsuit.

Oct. 13

October 13, 2010 --

Deal, staffer asked county to rezone business’s property, maintain adjacent road Ga. to investigate foreclosures Cancel, delay; Delta among worst

Oct. 12

October 12, 2010 --

Gwinnett commission chairman avoids indictment Ga. Perimeter College violated policy for years on non-paying students Cash-strapped MARTA spent $2,600 on food for meeting Suit alleges Bishop Long defaulted on property loan

The sky’s the limit for Georgia PACs

The sky's the limit for Georgia PACs
October 11, 2010 --

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour‘s political committee collected $231,000 last quarter, far outpacing the $148,000 it had raised in the previous nine months. Barbour reported the donations not in Jackson, but in Atlanta, where state law allows unlimited corporate contributions to political action committees. Mississippi caps corporate donations to PACs at $1,000. The sky’s the limit in Georgia, where Barbour’s committee is registered. There, in a nutshell, is why political action committees love Georgia. Read on …

Oct. 10

October 10, 2010 --

Deal’s federal taxes baffling APD’s CSI unit still understaffed, undertrained, underpaid Few study power of school boards Ex-lawmaker’s tax evasion trial set for April City: Repaying feds won’t hurt Augusta charities GBI probing Kingston, Ga., finances again

Oct. 8

October 8, 2010 --

Bannister resigns as Gwinnett commission chairman E-mails: Ag secretary decided hastily to fire Ga. official over racial remarks Attorney general says ATL school board change was wrong Truth-o-meter: House candidate said rival took money meant for schoolchildren

Oct. 7

October 7, 2010 --

ATL traffic offenders get hard sell for court diversion program Document: Barnes law firm appeared 37 times before judges he appointed Internet privacy suits filed against Yahoo, others APD: ‘Most dangerous’ ranking not true

Oct. 6

October 6, 2010 --

Gwinnett grand jury may indict commissioners in probe of land deals Supreme Court denies Ga. death penalty appeal Analysis: LNG trucking disaster could endanger Savannah hospitals, schools Carroll County to pay $100K+ in EPD fines Bad appraisals, loans caused Appalachian Community Bank to fail

Ex-U.S. attorney to probe motive for Fulton firing

Ex-U.S. attorney to probe motive for Fulton firing
October 5, 2010 --

Fulton County has hired former U.S. Attorney Richard H. Deane Jr. to determine whether political pressure squelched an inquiry into possible financial misconduct. Attorneys allege a current and former county employee lost their jobs for looking into the alleged misuse of $183,000 in public funds. “Taking it outside was the proper thing to do,” Commissioner Robb Pitts said. Read on …

Oct. 5

October 5, 2010 --

FBI: Federal judge bought drugs from stripper Legal tab nears $3M for Hartsfield-Jackson lawsuit AT&T to pay $300M to IRS Houston Co. DA fires candidate for judgeship

Finally, 3 years later, trial set for alleged theft of public funds

Finally, 3 years later, trial set for alleged theft of public funds
October 4, 2010 --

Three years ago, a grand jury indicted Davetta Johnson Mitchell, alleging she used seven checks to steal $40,000 in public money. Now, after the case nearly slipped through the cracks, a judge says the former executive director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority will finally get her month in court.