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Supremes: Wrongly imprisoned man can sue Fulton court clerk

Supremes: Wrongly imprisoned man can sue Fulton court clerk
July 5, 2011 --

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.

Fired arborist settles whistleblower suit against ATL

February 2, 2011 --

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.

Fulton judge defends release of trooper shooting suspect

Fulton judge defends release of trooper shooting suspect
January 3, 2011 --

A Fulton County judge had no choice last month but to release the man who allegedly shot and killed State Trooper Chadwick LeCroy a couple weeks later, the county’s chief judge said tonight. Gregory Favors was freed on a signature bond not because of “judicial whim or an adherence to some arbitrary self-imposed rule,” but because judges “have a duty to uphold the rule of law,” Judge Cynthia D. Wright wrote in a letter to Fulton County citizens.

Finally, 3 years later, trial set for alleged theft of public funds

Finally, 3 years later, trial set for alleged theft of public funds
October 4, 2010 --

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.

Judge backs ouster of SCLC officials under investigation

September 1, 2010 --

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: Stockbridge lawyer forged judge’s signatures

GBI: Stockbridge lawyer forged judge's signatures
August 10, 2010 --

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.

Fulton judge clears way for Oxendine ethics hearing

Fulton judge clears way for Oxendine ethics hearing
July 16, 2010 --

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.

Ethics case on hold after Fulton commissioner challenges board’s powers

Ethics case on hold after Fulton commissioner challenges board's powers
June 24, 2010 --

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.”

Rome insurers challenge ethics panel’s Oxendine subpoenas

Rome insurers challenge ethics panel's Oxendine subpoenas
June 2, 2010 --

Two Rome-based insurance companies have gone to court to challenge investigators’ demand for documents related to $120,000 in potentially improper contributions to Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine’s bid for governor. State Mutual Insurance Co. and Admiral Life Insurance Co. of America contend the State Ethics Commission overreached its authority when it subpoenaed the records. They also […]

Fulton judge rejects Dems’ challenge to voter ID law

Fulton judge rejects Dems' challenge to voter ID law
April 20, 2010 --

A Fulton County judge has dismissed an effort by Georgia Democrats to upend a 2006 law requiring voters to produce a photo ID before they cast a ballot. Democrats contended the law was an unconstitutional infringement on the right to vote. ‘Tain’t so, says Fulton County Superior Court Judge Tom Campbell.

Fulton judge orders state to hire lawyers for indigents

Fulton judge orders state to hire lawyers for indigents
February 23, 2010 --

A judge Tuesday gave Gov. Sonny Perdue 30 days to hire attorneys for convicted felons who have gone as long as three years without them. The state is constitutionally required to provide the lawyers even if the responsible agency, the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, doesn’t have the cash to do so, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry W. Baxter ruled.

Ethics panel’s Proctor sued for alleged lease default, fraud

February 19, 2010 --

Robert Proctor, who resigned a week ago from the State Ethics Commission, is being sued for allegedly defaulting on his law firm’s office lease and fraudulently transferring its assets to a new firm. The complaint seeks damages under the Georgia Fraudulent Transfer Act.