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Councilman stung by ethics fine pushes oversight of ethics officer

Councilman stung by ethics fine pushes oversight of ethics officer
March 14, 2012 --

An Atlanta city councilman who tangled with the city’s ethics officer last year wants to place that job under the council’s control. Lamar Willis‘ proposal calls for the Board of Ethics to give the council three names to consider, rather than just one, to fill a vacancy pending since September. Ethics advocates fear the plan would politicize the appointment process and jeopardize the board’s independence. Former ethics officer Ginny Looney won settlements against Willis and five other council members since 2008. Willis said his proposal has nothing to do with his $3,500 ethics fine nor his complaint that the board’s case against him was “piling on” and not even “remotely necessary.”

Judicial oversight panel gets budget restored, loses director

Judicial oversight panel gets budget restored, loses director
May 7, 2010 --

Georgia’s Judicial Qualifications Commission got the bulk of a hefty budget cut restored for 2011, but it will lose its longtime director, former Rockdale County District Attorney Cheryl Fisher Custer. She declined comment on whether her departure is linked to criticism of her $82,560 salary for part-time work. “It’s just time to move on,” she said.

March 2

March 2, 2010 --

Ex-Clayton DA let statute lapse on hundreds of cases Strict immigration law lacks ‘teeth’ Deal’s resignation quashes ethics investigation North Georgia judge to hear public defenders case Woman jailed for asking ‘why’ sues APD, officers Fulton DA opens probe into top SCLC officials ATL school board to pick CRCT oversight panel

Embattled mid-GA judge: ‘I was just as lost as I could be’

January 28, 2010 --

A middle Georgia  judge belittled and argued with defendants, misstated points of law and improperly ordered jailers not to shorten inmates’ sentences for good behavior, witnesses told a judicial oversight panel in Atlanta today. Twiggs County Probate Judge Kenneth Fowler and his lawyer blamed much of the alleged misconduct on his lack of legal training. “When I first took office, I was just as lost as I could be,” Fowler testified.

Oversight panel: APD officers refuse cooperation, chief unresponsive

Oversight panel: APD officers refuse cooperation, chief unresponsive
November 4, 2009 --

Ten Atlanta police officers have refused to cooperate with investigations of alleged misconduct, and Chief Richard Pennington has failed to respond to a call for discipline in a case of excessive force against a lesbian couple, an oversight panel said in a letter released today.

Report: ATL police oversight panel needs stronger subpoena power

June 30, 2009 --

Atlanta’s police oversight agency could do its work quicker and more effectively if it had direct subpoena power, a human rights advocacy group said in a report issued Monday.