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Thurmond skipped disclosures for 2 years; 9 others late in 2010

Thurmond skipped disclosures for 2 years; 9 others late in 2010
May 25, 2010 --

Gubernatorial candidate Eric Johnson neglected to report $289,000 in state payments to his architectural firm from 1999 to 2002, the Associated Press reports. But Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond can go him one better: He hasn’t disclosed anything whatsoever since 2007. (UPDATE: On May 27, Thurmond filed the disclosures that were due in 2008 or 2009. A spokesman described the omission as “a simple oversight” and then called me an idiot.)

Ethics deals signed for ex-Speaker, 10 current & former lawmakers

Ethics deals signed for ex-Speaker, 10 current & former lawmakers
October 15, 2009 --

Former House Speaker Terry Coleman and 10 current and former lawmakers closed ethics complaints today with the payment of a fine and a promise not to do it again. Coleman agreed to a $2,900 fine for making more than $38,000 in mortgage payments on a condominium that his business was purchasing. The panel also fined Congressman David Scott for failing to report the status of $83,000 left over in his state Senate campaign accounts since 2002.

New tax troubles for Reps. Talton, Mangham and others

New tax troubles for Reps. Talton, Mangham and others
August 13, 2009 --

Aug. 13, 2009 — Several Georgia lawmakers have gotten deeper into tax trouble this year, even as legislative ethics panels investigate some members’ failure to pay income taxes, property records show. The biggest unpaid bill belongs to Rep. Willie Talton of Warner Robins, who owes $39,197 for local property taxes.

Judge lobbied legislator who was defendant in his court

Judge lobbied legislator who was defendant in his court
May 13, 2009 --

An interesting sidebar to last week’s legal malpractice trial of state Rep. Randal Mangham: The judge who gave Mangham a new trial in 2008 had to drop the case because he’d been lobbying the legislator to fund a program in his court. A DeKalb County State Court jury on May 6 awarded $625,000 in damages […]

DeKalb legislator told to pay $635,000 for legal malpractice

DeKalb legislator told to pay $635,000 for legal malpractice
May 6, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS State Rep. Randal Mangham (right) should pay $625,000 in damages for legal malpractice, a DeKalb County jury concluded today. The jury awarded $435,000 in compensatory damages to plaintiff Karen Smith, a former client of Mangham’s, and $190,000 to her lawyers for attorney’s fees. That’s more than double the $293,000 Smith was awarded […]

DeKalb jury enters 2nd day in legislator malpractice case

May 5, 2009 --

A DeKalb County jury deliberated for 2 1/2 hours Tuesday in a case alleging legal malpractice by state Rep. Randal Mangham. The jury is considering three days of testimony regarding Mangham’s handling of a personal injury case stemming from a 1995 car wreck. Mangham’s former client, Karen Smith, claimed she suffered two herniated discs when […]

Lawmaker, former client, square off over alleged malpractice

May 1, 2009 --

A civil trial of a legal malpractice claim against state Rep. Randal Mangham got under way Thursday in DeKalb County State Court. Karen Smith, an employee of the Dekalb Sheriff’s Department, claims Mangham fouled up a personal injury case stemming from a 1995 car wreck on Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta. She alleges that Mangham’s […]

DeKalb legislator, accused of malpractice, back in court

April 29, 2009 --

A DeKalb County legislator gets his day in court today to defend against a legal malpractice claim that has lingered since 2004. Or not. State Rep. Randal Mangham lost a 2005 trial in the case and was ordered to pay $293,000 to a client who had been injured in an auto accident. Mangham won a […]