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Appeals court blocks Albany hospital merger

July 7, 2011 --

A federal appeals court has granted a Federal Trade Commission request to temporarily halt the sale of an Albany hospital. In April, the FTC alleged that Phoebe Putney Health System’s purchase of Palmyra Medical Center would raise health care costs and that the deal had been structured to avoid anti-trust scrutiny.

Feds indict failed bank’s lawyer for alleged $5M scam

June 24, 2011 --

A lawyer and two top executives allegedly made more than $5 million by defrauding the Stockbridge bank that employed them, prosecutors said today. Robert E. Maloney Jr., once in-house counsel for FirstCity Bank, is accused of conspiring with the bank’s president and senior loan officer to secure loans to borrowers who were buying property that one of them owned.

Dec. 2

December 2, 2010 --

Airport runway extension contract raises protests State committee talks sunsets for special-interest tax breaks DeKalb police dumping ex-chief’s  ‘magic buses’ Paying at the curb to state troopers’ motorcycle unit Federal judge dismisses Cumberland Island lawsuit Three of Augusta’s biggest delinquent tax bills paid ATL schools face accreditation teams next week Fulton County DA says jail […]

Nov. 19

November 19, 2010 --

Federal judge pleads guilty to drug charge Deal to put assets in trust Attorney general getting case against former Twiggs sheriff, son Ethics complaint, e-mail snafu in Supreme Court race Ga. ranks 43rd in smoking-prevention funding

Ex-ATL city attorney gives up law license for 6 months

October 16, 2010 --

Former Atlanta City Attorney Clifford Hardwick IV will give up his license for six months for failing to represent a client accused of illegally downloading music. Today’s announcement marked the latest round of intrigue for Hardwick, who had been disciplined twice previously by the State Bar and who was shot and critically injured in a Cascade Road Starbuck’s in 2008.

Oct. 5

October 5, 2010 --

FBI: Federal judge bought drugs from stripper Legal tab nears $3M for Hartsfield-Jackson lawsuit AT&T to pay $300M to IRS Houston Co. DA fires candidate for judgeship

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.

Oct. 1

October 1, 2009 --

Tempers flare over DeKalb school district’s legal services DeKalb schools suffer maintenance neglect countywide Federal judge rejects plan for Georgia’s mental hospitals; ‘harmful & unsafe’ conditions continue AGCO settles Iraq kickbase case for $20M+ 3 million tires at Georgia dump to stay put Outstanding ATL water bills reach $811,000 Panel: Fayette commissioner violated ethics Olens: […]

Aug. 4

August 4, 2009 --

Controversial land deal voted down in Gwinnett Gwinnett DA warns of grand jury probe of contentious land deal Citing Madoff, federal judge in Atlanta slams SEC DeKalb legislator Chambers satisfies 2007 tax delinquency Lawmakers who owe taxes now in ethics probe

Fired DeKalb rec director had stormy 7-year history

Fired DeKalb rec director had stormy 7-year history
July 21, 2009 --

Monday’s firing of the DeKalb County recreation director, ostensibly for messing up entries for a state swim meet, actually may have been seven years in the making. Marilyn Boyd Drew was dismissed after her department missed several opportunities to enroll 67 kids in a statewide swimming competition to be held this weekend. But Drew has been accused of job discrimination, based on reverse racial bias, almost as long as she’s been running the department.