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March 31

March 31, 2011 --

Broadcast prompts threats and calls for judge’s ouster Bill would scrap Ga. Public Defender Council 22,000 face losing unemployment benefits Lawsuit targets police documentation of seized funds Senate banking chair responds to FDIC’s suit Ethics panel declines to sanction APS board member

Crawford leaves public defender post for judgeship

August 16, 2010 --

Robert “Mack” Crawford was named a Griffin Circuit Superior Court judge last week despite a blistering eight-page critique of his management of Georgia’s system of public defenders. Criminal defense attorney Stephen Bright wrote the Judicial Nominating Commission trying to block Crawford’s appointment, describing his three years as director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council as an “unmitigated disaster.”

Indigent defendants in NE Ga. win state’s promise of an attorney

Indigent defendants in NE Ga. win state's promise of an attorney
July 9, 2010 --

Jailhouses are rockin‘ in northeast Georgia, as hundreds of defendants awaiting trial are once again guaranteed an attorney if they cannot afford one. The Georgia Public Defender Standards Council this week settled a lawsuit alleging it had abandoned poor defendants in the five-county Northern Judicial Circuit. The judge signing the consent order concluded the state’s indigent-defense system is “fraught with a lack of accountability.”

Gwinnett judge must assess ‘systemic breakdown’ in defender system

Gwinnett judge must assess 'systemic breakdown' in defender system
June 28, 2010 --

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.

June 11

June 11, 2010 --

DA: Deputy caught Fayette judge, public defender having sex Review board: Discipline officers in Eagle raid Cheating investigation exonerates ATL firefighters Stockbridge mayor under investigation for cemetery clean-up

May 5

May 5, 2010 --

Creative Loafing’s 2010 Golden Sleaze Awards Judge’s alleged relationship with public defender prompts conflict questions ATL firefighters accused of cheating Planned coal ash rules could affect Plant Scherer WellPoint being investigated by state

May 4

May 4, 2010 --

12 ATL schools are ‘highest priority’ in cheating investigation McBerry denies having sex with that high school girl A peek inside Ga.’s legislative fund-raising game Metro ATL public officials take lavish trip to Phoenix Ex-legislator hopes to prove selective prosecution Controversial Senate chairman retiring High court rejects public defender complaint Group blasts school districts for […]

May 1

May 1, 2010 --

DA probes alleged relationship between judge, public defender Report: Ga. tax laws tough on poor Some members of Congress spend hundreds of thousands on ‘franking’ Bill allows more access to DFCS records

March 8

March 8, 2010 --

Toxins threaten Ga. dolphins Four Clayton County officers fired amid sex, drug claims State may move more public defender costs back to counties Lawyers, ATL to meet over airport billboards dispute Marietta judge facing 21 misdemeanor charges resigns

Aug. 8

August 8, 2009 --

Council: Public defender cuts may compromise representation Cobb EMC puts off yearly meeting Audit calls for closer eye on Athens-Clarke HED grants