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March 12

March 12, 2010 --

Officers posed with Roethlisberger hours before complaint Ex-Columbus judge’s court reporter not certified for nine months Former Dodge County sheriff pleads guilty to vote-buying Court rules Ken Hodges can’t be sued over Phoebe Putney case Property tax legislation clears Senate Brian Nichols case weighs on public defender system Contractor pays $800K settlement over Clean Water […]

Feb. 26

February 26, 2010 --

ATL nursing home chains pay $14M settlement Fulton County improves on elections Cobb EMC’s bylaw changes disputed Trial date set for former Dodge County sheriff

Towns County Sheriff Rudy Eller: 5 years in prison

Towns County Sheriff Rudy Eller: 5 years in prison
October 18, 2009 --

In 2007, Rudy Eller hid a gun fired by his chief deputy in a domestic dispute and lied to GBI investigators about it. A year later, Eller pleaded guilty to making false statements, tampering with evidence, hindering apprehension of a criminal, and violating his oath of office. Eller’s lawyer and the district attorney asked the judge to show mercy on Eller, who suffers from diabetes and emphysema. But Superior Court Judge Lynn Alderman was unmoved: “The court is in the business of justice. Mercy is for the Lord and other parties who are not here today.”

Cobb deportation drive: Enforcing the law, or isolating immigrants?

October 13, 2009 --

The Cobb County sheriff’s deportation efforts have undermined law enforcement work in immigrant communities and refocused police attention to traffic violations and other minor crimes, the ACLU says in a report issued Monday. Since it comes from the ACLU, many of you will automatically dismiss this report, titled “Terror and Isolation in Cobb.” I’m posting […]

Ex-Dodge sheriff charged with buying votes with cash, liquor & drugs

September 26, 2009 --

Cash, alcohol and — gasp! — drugs were used to buy votes on behalf of former Dodge County Sheriff Lawton Douglas in 2004, a federal indictment alleges. Douglas, who served one term and was defeated for re-election last year, and two others will be arraigned Thursday in Dublin on vote-buying charges. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

Sept. 23

September 23, 2009 --

Former Dodge County sheriff indicted GAO report says labs not safe enough Staff-to-inmate sex abuse allegations up in federal prison Augusta pastors rally around Commissioner Beard

Telfair sheriff Jimmie Williamson to serve 3 years for misusing county funds

Telfair sheriff Jimmie Williamson to serve 3 years for misusing county funds
June 26, 2009 --

Former Telfair County Sheriff Jimmie Williamson will serve three years in federal prison for misusing county funds, federal prosecutors announced. According to testimony, Williamson paid for an all-terrain vehicle with county funds, pocketed fines intended for the Probate Court and kept $5,000 seized in a traffic stop for himself, according to the Macon Telegraph.