CALHOUN, Sept. 5, 2012 — The notorious “Meth 6” motel here has sold in foreclosure for pennies on the dollar, potentially clearing the way for lenders to pursue two Georgia lawmakers for a defaulted loan. On Aug. 16, after the abandoned motel brought $370,000, a Gordon County judge signed an order allowing a bank to seek payment on the rest of a $1.88 million debt from U.S. Rep. Tom Graves and Sen. Chip Rogers. Graves says the order is merely a formality.
A Marietta attorney who won 105,000 votes in a 2008 race for a Cobb County judgeship was disbarred today by the Georgia Supreme Court. In a 10-page ruling, the court said Joan Palmer Davis failed to show up in court on behalf of a client who was seeking to terminate his child-support obligations, then tried to resign from the case without telling him.
A coastal Georgia judge whose actions drew national attention now must defend herself against formal charges that she denied a suicidal defendant and others the right to due process and ignored conflicts of interest with her family members. Judge Amanda Williams’ conduct amounted to “tyrannical partiality,” the Judicial Qualifications Commission said today.
State Rep. Paulette Rakestraw Braddock owes more than $36,000 in taxes, interest and penalties, the IRS says. But the debt will not affect her standing as a Georgia legislator. The debt for unpaid payroll taxes was incurred by the Paulding County lawmaker’s failed direct-mail marketing firm, but she said she couldn’t negotiate a settlement until the debt was rolled over to become her personal liability.
A child molestor who spent 22 months too long in prison can sue Fulton County court officials for mishandling papers that would have led to his release, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled today. Former Fulton County Superior Court Clerk Juanita Hicks cannot claim immunity from liability, the high court ruled in a unanimous decision, because the error breached her statutory duty to notify prison officials of the man’s reduced sentence.
Dawson County’s longtime court clerk admitted today to stealing $120,000 of court funds from 2006 through 2009. Becky McCord, 62, faces up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to federal tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud.
Fired Atlanta arborist Tom Coffin settled his whistleblower suit against City Hall on Tuesday, just before his case was scheduled to go to trial, his lawyers say. Under the deal, the city admits no blame and Coffin gets his pension back and $165,000 in damages and fees, lawyers Gerry Weber and Brian Spears announced today. The City Council still must approve the settlement.
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.
The board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was justified in removing officials under investigation for financial misconduct, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Al Dempsey ruled today. Dempsey said former SCLC chairman Raleigh Trammell and treasurer Spiver Gordon breached their fiduciary duty by using SCLC funds without authorization to pay their legal fees. Dempsey gave […]
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.
The State Ethics Commission has every right to issue subpoenas as it investigates ethics allegations against gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine, a judge ruled today. The decision clears the way for investigators to get a better idea of any communication between 10 Alabama political action committees and the source of $120,000 in apparently illegal political contributions.
The Fulton County Ethics Board has placed its yearlong investigation of County Commissioner Lynne Riley on hold, after her attorney filed a last-minute lawsuit challenging the board’s jurisdiction. Board chairman Donald P. Edwards said the six complainants against Riley deserve swift resolution, and the board prides itself on speedy, sound decision-making. In this case, he said, “Commissioner Riley has been an exception to that expeditiousness.”