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Ex-N. Ga. prosecutor fined, reprimanded in election case

March 2, 2011 --

The State Election Board has fined a former north Georgia prosecutor for absentee-ballot violations, rejecting a judge’s recommendation to drop the charges for lack of evidence. Albert Palmour of Summerville, now an attorney in private practice, was fined $18,000 last week and given a public reprimand for his alleged role in a 2006 election fraud case in Chattooga County.

Ex-judge under scrutiny for possibly intervening in child support case

February 4, 2011 --

DeKalb County State Court Judge Barbara J. Mobley, who resigned today, allegedly misused her power to help herself, her church and a male companion, investigators say. News reports had raised questions about Mobley’s travel and possible misuse of state crime computers, but new court filings include an allegation that Mobley intervened in a child support case so a male companion could go with her on an overseas trip.

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.”

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.

AG to pursue civil charges in Chattooga election fraud case

AG to pursue civil charges in Chattooga election fraud case
August 31, 2009 --

Georgia’s attorney general will pursue civil charges in an alleged election fraud case involving former Chattooga County State Court judge Carlton Vines. A jury in Summerville couldn’t reach a decision in April on criminal charges that Vines conspired to fix a 2006 election. The State Election Board on Thursday voted to turn over its investigation to the attorney general. Board member Randy Evans has indicated a civil fine of $100,000 is possible.

Atlanta judge draws private discipline for DUI

Atlanta judge draws private discipline for DUI
June 5, 2009 --

Atlanta Municipal Judge Andrew Mickle drew a private reprimand from the state Judicial Qualifications Commission for a March 2008 DUI arrest. The terms of the punishment are sealed. Mickle refused to take a breath or blood test at the scene of his arrest, which could have cost him his driver’s license for a year or […]

Ex-Chattooga County judge facing possible $100K fine

Ex-Chattooga County judge facing possible $100K fine
June 3, 2009 --

The State Elections Board hasn’t decided an alleged vote-fixing case in Chattooga County yet, but they sure sounded Tuesday like they want to drop the hammer on former State Court Judge Carlton Vines (right). “We’re looking at basically a $100,000 fine,” board member Randy Evans said, drawing a gasp from spectators in the packed room. […]

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 […]

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 […]