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Money issues still swirl around proposed juvenile code rewrite

March 26, 2012 --

By JIM WALLS Wildly divergent estimates of the pricetag for Georgia’s proposed juvenile code continue to swirl around the Capitol as lawmakers return for their last three days of 2012. The 246-page bill has cleared the House and is expected to come before the full Senate this week, possibly Tuesday, with only minor changes. Gov. […]

Nov. 2

November 2, 2011 --

DeKalb misspent $40M meant for greenspace Cain profited from campaign business with company Brother of ATL mayor driving city vehicles illegally Safer day-care facilities become mom’s push Feds to investigate civil rights claim against Gwinnett schools Former McIntosh Co. sheriff indicted Supreme Court hears appeal in suit against Dougherty Co. prosecutors  

Oct. 14

October 14, 2011 --

ATL mayor wants new direction at Housing Authority Task Force for the Homeless sues Emory University Augusta investigating fire dep’t for porn use, vehicle misuse Outrage on the Ogeechee Prosecutors pull DUI plea deal for Clayton Co. commissioner 11 ATL educators sanctioned Cobb EMC board already seeing a changing of the guard

July 9

July 9, 2011 --

6 APD officers fired over Atlanta Eagle bar raid Prosecutors weigh indictments in APS cheating case ATL teachers: ‘We begged for help’ Beverly Hall: ‘I am accountable’ DeKalb planning commissioners pressured to fire attorney? Clayton Co. commissioners accused of open-meeting violation  

June 17

June 17, 2011 --

Ethics official: Cutbacks related to Deal investigation Ga.’s job stimulus program riddled with problems Fulton DA scrambles to replace prosecutors Ethics complaints coming against APS Senate banking chair has property in foreclosure FAA: ASA flew planes after lightning strikes

Fulton County: Whistleblowers cannot sue us

Fulton County: Whistleblowers cannot sue us
January 12, 2011 --

Two Fulton County employees who lost their jobs are not whistleblowers, attorneys for the county say, but even if they were, they can’t sue the county. The workers say they were caught up in a backlash against a politically sensitive probe of the misuse of county funds. Now the county contends it is immune from claims under Georgia’s whistleblower law — an argument that could undermine such suits across the state.

Jan. 8

January 8, 2011 --

Prosecutors: Cobb EMC saga began with broken promise UPS, FedEx are subjects of antitrust investigation Federal lawsuit claims discrimination in DeKalb Fire Department New panel formed to examine issues around church finances Cobb Co. manager answers grand jury’s questions Bed of Athens stream tainted

Supremes dismiss murder charge against Dem Franchize Boyz rapper

Supremes dismiss murder charge against Dem Franchize Boyz rapper
November 9, 2010 --

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.

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.

Aug. 18

August 18, 2010 --

ATL superintendent, business leaders orchestrated cheating probe Hall: Enrollment data may be ‘dirty’ Ethics chief: It’s time for prosecutors to take Oxendine donations case DeKalb residents get county’s commitment on South River DeKalb halts closed meeting on plans for GM site Cherokee commissioner resigns after lying about military service Gwinnett DA: No charges in chairman’s false DUI […]

Hunter freed after 7 years in prison for brother’s death

Hunter freed after 7 years in prison for brother's death
July 12, 2010 --

A Walton County man will walk out of prison after serving seven years in prison for murdering his brother while hunting on the family farm. The Georgia Supreme Court today unanimously threw out Joshua Hames‘ 2002 conviction, ruling that prosecutors never proved a critical element of the crime and that Hames’ lawyer, a former prosecutor, failed to challenge them on it.

Judge reprimanded for cussing out GBI agents, prosecutors

May 11, 2010 --

A North Georgia judge today acknowledged trying to intimidate prosecutors who were investigating another judge in her circuit for alleged election fraud. Lookout Mountain Superior Court Judge Kristina Cook Connelly Graham received a public reprimand in court today for two unrelated incidents in 2008 and 2009. The reprimand said Graham had admitted her actions.