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State auditor, not Olens, to review Deal investigation

State auditor, not Olens, to review Deal investigation
October 22, 2013 --

Oct. 22, 2013 — State Auditor Greg Griffin, rather than the attorney general’s office, will try to sort out charges that a 2012 ethics investigation of Gov. Nathan Deal was compromised. Griffin agreed to investigate allegations that the director of the state ethics commission, after talks with key staffers in Deal’s office, ordered the case closed with a minimal penalty. The commission, which announced Griffin’s role late today, had voted last month to ask Attorney General Sam Olens to name a special assistant to review its handling of the case.

Olens, as it happened, had been mentioned as one possible factor in Deal’s resolve to settle the case in 2012 rather than let it reach a public hearing. A commission attorney has testified she was told that the governor didn’t want Olens, a potential rival in the 2014 governor’s race, to play any role in the proceedings.

Teen: Guards incited fights at Rome youth detention center

Teen: Guards incited fights at Rome youth detention center
February 13, 2012 --

Haley Bonds says she did everything she could think of to protect her 16-year-old daughter from the beatdown she was expecting at a youth jail in Northwest Georgia. Yet, just 20 minutes after a supervisor assured her Whitney Bonds would be safe, another officer called Haley to say her daughter was “bleeding out” and being rushed to the emergency room. Two months later, Whitney says guards at the Rome RYDC used bribes of food to set one youth against another. “It’s like they’re dogfighting these kids,” her mother said.

Ex-Fulton financial supervisor charged with stealing county funds

Ex-Fulton financial supervisor charged with stealing county funds
November 5, 2010 --

Fulton County police on Thursday arrested a central figure in an alleged theft of taxpayers’ funds and an alleged cover-up by county commissioners. Nicola Hosier, formerly a financial systems supervisor in Fulton County’s human services agency, faces 15 counts of forgery and credit card theft. Republicans, meanwhile, questioned the timing of the arrest — which came two days after the general election.

Test scores questioned at 1 in 10 GA schools

Test scores questioned at 1 in 10 GA schools
February 10, 2010 --

One in 10 Georgia public schools showed a suspicious number of changed answers on the 2009 Criterion Referenced Competency Test. The state Board of Education may order local investigations and monitoring of the 2010 CRCTs to “eliminate future problems and help students who have been adversely affected by test tampering,” said Kathleen Mathers, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. We’ve got the list of schools.

DeKalb dismisses 4 firefighters who left scene of fatal blaze

January 29, 2010 --

DeKalb County terminated four firefighters Friday for neglect of duty after finding they had left the scene — without leaving their trucks — of a reported fire that killed an elderly Dunwoody woman.

Overseers to probe alleged arrest quotas, ‘extra jobs’ at APD

Overseers to probe alleged arrest quotas, 'extra jobs' at APD
October 16, 2009 --

Atlanta’s police oversight board will study charges that officers implicated in the 2006 Kathryn Johnston shooting, and other officers, had arrest quotas and worked extra jobs while on duty. The Citizen Review Board, created two years ago in response to the Johnston case, will also dig deeper into FBI files that suggest other unindicted officers broke the law or departmental rules

Judge refuses to block release of Kathryn Johnston file

Judge refuses to block release of Kathryn Johnston file
July 8, 2009 --

A Fulton County judge this morning refused to block an oversight board’s access to investigative files in the fatal 2006 police shooting of Kathryn Johnston. Atlanta police turned over the files Tuesday to the city’s Citizen Review Board. The International Brotherhood of Police Officers tried to stop transfer of the files, but Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob told the IBPO’s lawyer today that his timing was off.