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  • Aug. 22

    August 22, 2010 --

    ATL superintendent loses shine Rash of judges stepping down after misconduct Numbers tell what lawmakers do, don’t — with Congressional report card Liens aim to collect Augusta officials’ back taxes Few signs of life in Athens creek after spill Be careful with your donations

    Aug. 21

    August 21, 2010 --

    Lawyer to probe repercussions of judge-defender affair Cobb courthouse project has illegals … but they’re all Americans Earmarks hidden under political rhetoric PSC staff: Cut Atlanta Gas Light rates DeKalb rescinds termination of probation contract Judge rejects Augusta State student’s lawsuit Chemical company sued over creek spill Inspector discusses violations at Kellogg’s plant Bowers, Wilson […]

    Aug. 20

    August 20, 2010 --

    Perdue: ATL cheating probe was stonewalled ATL superintendent pledges cooperation with state investigation APD major demoted over leak accusations Forsyth Co. official fired for sexually explicit e-mails, mismanagement Audit brings former Macon city clerk back into fray

    Aug. 19

    August 19, 2010 --

    Ga. company fined $3.3M in federal price-fixing probe Fayette school board faces accreditation inquiry Ga. EPD to investigate DeKalb development Perdue to investigate ATL school cheating 3 ATL firefighters file lawsuits in cheating probe Ethics Commission orders Sen. Harbison to pay $3,800 Clayton Co. cop accused of protecting drug dealers Is ATL school board protecting […]

    Aug. 18

    August 18, 2010 --

    ATL superintendent, business leaders orchestrated cheating probe Hall: Enrollment data may be ‘dirty’ Ethics chief: It’s time for prosecutors to take Oxendine donations case DeKalb residents get county’s commitment on South River DeKalb halts closed meeting on plans for GM site Cherokee commissioner resigns after lying about military service Gwinnett DA: No charges in chairman’s false DUI […]

    Ethics panel slaps ex-speaker’s wrist, waffles on some donation limits

    Ethics panel slaps ex-speaker's wrist, waffles on some donation limits
    August 17, 2010 --

    Former House Speaker Glenn Richardson must pay a $500 fine, but his political fund may keep $219,915 that was transferred improperly from his campaign account last year, the State Ethics Commission ruled today. The panel also dismissed a separate case, ruling that state law may place no limits on campaign contributions from one candidate to another.

    Aug. 17

    August 17, 2010 --

    ATL school board accepts cheating report amid other controversy State has just weeks to use or lose $7.6M DeKalb fears legal fight sends developers away Georgia banks’ troubled list shortens by 2 Synovus seeks dismissal of class-action suit over Sea Island Co. dealings Defamation suit against ATL lawyer, PR firm tossed Supreme Court won’t stay […]

    Crawford leaves public defender post for judgeship

    August 16, 2010 --

    Robert “Mack” Crawford was named a Griffin Circuit Superior Court judge last week despite a blistering eight-page critique of his management of Georgia’s system of public defenders. Criminal defense attorney Stephen Bright wrote the Judicial Nominating Commission trying to block Crawford’s appointment, describing his three years as director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council as an “unmitigated disaster.”

    Judges reject interrogation evidence in Gitmo cases

    Judges reject interrogation evidence in Gitmo cases
    August 16, 2010 --

    The federal government has lost eight of 15 cases in which Guantánamo inmates have said they or witnesses against them were forcibly interrogated. That’s according to a review of 31 published decisions that resolve lawsuits filed by 52 captives who said they’ve been wrongfully detained. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly and others rejected government evidence because of interrogation tactics ranging from verbal threats to physical abuse they called torture. More than 50 such lawsuits are still pending, two years after the U.S. Supreme Court gave Guantánamo inmates the green light to challenge their detention in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    Aug. 16

    August 16, 2010 --

    Atlanta graduation rate doesn’t add up ATL to pay slain woman’s family $4.9M Business groups spend thousands bringing legislators to resorts Secretary of State to probe judge candidate’s qualifications

    Evidence flimsy in probe of ethics attorneys

    Evidence flimsy in probe of ethics attorneys
    August 16, 2010 --

    Headlines trumpeted state Inspector General Elizabeth Archer‘s latest findings a few weeks back: “State’s ethics lawyers blasted for outside work.” “State attorneys ran private firm on public time.” “Moonlighting Ethics Commission lawyers violated state policies.” But look closer at Archer’s investigative files, as I did, and you’ll find fairly flimsy evidence behind some of her conclusions. Some “findings” are artfully worded to suggest impropriety without explicitly saying so. Not only that, there’s no sign that her office informed one of the attorneys of a key issue or asked for an explanation.