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Whistleblowers: Homeless money diverted, we lost our jobs

Whistleblowers: Homeless money diverted, we lost our jobs
September 21, 2010 --

Two whistleblowers are preparing to sue Fulton County Manager Zachary Williams, claiming he eliminated their jobs because they reported waste and fraud in county government. The potential plaintiffs told Williams that more than $150,000 in county funds — disguised as payments for homeless shelter supplies — had bought lavish linens, Chiavari wedding chairs and other supplies for an employee’s private event-planning business, their attorney said.

Fulton judge orders hearing to open courthouse access

Fulton judge orders hearing to open courthouse access
April 27, 2010 --

Fulton County’s top judge, Doris L. Downs, has had enough of the tediously long lines to get into the courthouse, and she’s ordered the sheriff to explain why he can’t fix it.

Gwinnett impanels special grand jury to investigate land deals

Gwinnett impanels special grand jury to investigate land deals
September 24, 2009 --

Gwinnett County judges have created a special grand jury to investigate land purchases by county government, including parks and sites for libraries, highways and baseball. D.A. Danny Porter said he has already assembled details of 41 parkland buys since 2005, to be followed by particulars on purchases for libraries, rights of way and other property — “probably” including the $5 million purchase of 12 acres for the minor-league Gwinnett Braves’ stadium.