Fulton County prosecutors waited too long to indict rapper Maurice “Parlae” Gleaton and another man on murder charges, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday. The court held that Gleaton, one of four members of Atlanta-based Dem Franchize Boyz, was denied a speedy trial when prosecutors “effectively abandoned the case” for nearly four years.
A Gwinnett County judge must decide whether “an actual breakdown in the entire public defender system” has denied an accused murderer a speedy trial, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled today. District Attorney Danny Porter indicted Khanh Dinh Phan in 2005, but the state has never paid lawyers hired to represent him in the killing of a Lilburn man and his 2-year-old son.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard complained this week about judges releasing accused murderers on bond, after one allegedly shot a second victim in the face. He listed 45 defendants and wanted to know how they could return to the streets while awaiting trial. But jail records show four of the defendants are not accused of murder. A few others remain locked up. And the man responsible for releasing two of the suspects was … Paul Howard.