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  • Aug. 15

    August 15, 2010 --

    Two fired over DeKalb school books Connections count at McKenna Long & Aldridge Gwinnett to repossess golf course, pay its $1.8M debt Decades-old jet fuel spill sparks water contamination fears in Bibb Co. Officials: Columbus retirement home owes $6.3M in property taxes Opinion: Misplaced priorities in Chatham school contract decision Opinion: Politics must not taint […]

    Aug. 14

    August 14, 2010 --

    DeKalb school corruption suspects plead not guilty Defeated Clayton Co. candidates file election challenge Fanny-flicking judge apologizes to two women DeKalb Housing Authority hit with critical report Counting new stimulus jobs at ATL airport a challenge Cuban immigrant costs Douglas County $400K

    Aug. 13

    August 13, 2010 --

    Female staffers: Judge behind photo incident committed crime Public housing demolition and premature death Troy Davis bid to reopen hearing for new evidence rejected Xpress commuter buses going broke Former Sea Island Co. president wants his $27M Gwinnett DA to mull charges in Bannister DUI mishap

    New bike paths spur ethics charge against DeKalb board member

    August 12, 2010 --

    A top DeKalb economic development official has a conflict of interest because he also heads a group that’s received $8 million in county payments, the DeKalb ethics board was told Wednesday night. McBrayer “is very clearly receiving a benefit from the PATH Foundation,” which has collected $8 million from DeKalb since 2004, said Brian Daughdrill, lawyer for a neighborhood group that lodged a complaint. But McBrayer’s lawyer, Elizabeth Branch, said those restrictions apply only to for-profit businesses, not non-profits: “Being a non-profit makes all the difference in the world.”

    Aug. 12

    August 12, 2010 --

    Newt Gingrich’s 2nd wife on his money woes, his philandering, his meltdown Fulton judge worked 8-hour weeks Women say judge’s groping illegal Report: 472 undocumented students at Georgia colleges Overpopulation remains a problem at Fulton Co. jail Lithonia woman: South River runoff threatens health, home Opinion: State reporting of ethics violations lacking Judge puts off […]

    Ex-speaker signs consent order over $220K fund transfer

    Ex-speaker signs consent order over $220K fund transfer
    August 12, 2010 --

    Former House Speaker Glenn Richardson has signed a consent order over his apparently unauthorized transfer of nearly $220,000 in campaign funds to a political committee under his control. The State Ethics Commission will decide whether to sign off on the consent agreement Tuesday. It is unclear whether the order would require Richardson or the MMV Alliance Fund to pay a fine.

    Aug. 11

    August 11, 2010 --

    Cobb judge resigns amid claim of touching co-workers inappropriately Fulton Co. courthouse security upgrades in jeopardy Federal board: Delta interfered in union vote Order tossing expert grabs attention in asbestos case Appling Co. school system placed on probation

    Proposed drywall settlement: Small payouts to victims, big fees to lawyers

    Proposed drywall settlement: Small payouts to victims, big fees to lawyers
    August 11, 2010 --

    Lowe’s Companies Inc., the nation’s No. 2 home improvement chain, has set off a legal firestorm by agreeing to a $6.5 million national settlement over tainted drywall in a class-action suit being decided by Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Bobby Peters. The $6.5 million settlement would pay relatively small amounts — Lowe’s gift cards in amounts ranging from $50 to $2,000 — to most victims who had the tainted drywall in their homes. But the handful of attorneys who quietly negotiated the deal will receive a separate payment of $2.1 million.

    Cobb’s chief judge Kenneth Nix resigns abruptly

    Cobb's chief judge Kenneth Nix resigns abruptly
    August 10, 2010 --

    Cobb Superior Court Judge Kenneth O. Nix resigned abruptly today, citing a desire for an “orderly transition” into offices in the county’s new Court building.

    GBI: Stockbridge lawyer forged judge’s signatures

    GBI: Stockbridge lawyer forged judge's signatures
    August 10, 2010 --

    GBI agents arrested a Stockbridge lawyer this morning on charges that she forged a judge’s signature in four adoption cases and later lied about it on the stand. Lynn McNeese Swank allegedly forged Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan’s name, the GBI said.

    Aug. 10

    August 10, 2010 --

    DeKalb school leaders’ ‘friends and family’ nepotism plan Fulton Co. property taxes inflated Augusta State denies student’s religious-bias claim Clayton Co. Commission to ask state to investigate ex-DA Crawford Co. asks GBI asked to look into coroner-chief dispute

    Politicians win by playing ‘stall’

    August 9, 2010 --

    Most of us would get in a whole heap of trouble for spending tens of thousands of dollars that don’t belong to us. But for politicians, the world is often kinder, gentler and more forgiving. Case in point: Former state Rep. Pam Stanley, who paid for an apartment, cable TV service and a car rental and withdrew $38,000 in cash from her campaign account from 1999 to 2002. Stanley agreed to $65,100 in fines and restitution, but she hasn’t paid a nickel. A judge last week ordered Stanley to pay up.