Rep. Ralston, who championed a 2010 law that he touted as ethics reform, accepted a $17,279 lobbyist-funded trip to Europe later that year for himself, his chief of staff and their families. Ralston has had recurring tax difficulties, facing state and federal tax liens of more than $500,000, and he’s needed a little help paying off those debts.
Federal authorities deported a mentally ill North Carolina man even though he was an American citizen and had never set foot in Mexico before he was deported there, the ACLU alleged in a lawsuit filed today. Mark Lyttle, now living in Griffin, spent four months in jails and homeless shelters in Central America before he got back to the U.S. “I didn’t think what happened to my brother could ever happen in America,” said David Lyttle, one of his brothers. Read the ACLU news release and the lawsuit.
The Georgia Supreme Court today told the State Bar it was too easy on a lawyer who took $493,000 from his employer. The court rejected a six- to 12-month suspension for Michael J.C. Shaw. The Bar’s recommendation miffed Justice David Nahmias, who wrote that he believes most lawyers and “almost every citizen in this State would be equally disturbed by that concept of attorney discipline.”