Good news for open government advocates: The Georgia Supreme Court today upheld a lower court’s assessment of legal fees to citizens who challeged closed meetings held by the Statesboro City Council. The ruling comes after the council met in secret last year to discuss eliminating the jobs of the city’s police and fire chiefs.
Cobb Electric Membership Corp. violated a 2008 settlement with unhappy members who accused some co-op leaders of enriching themselves at members’ expense, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled today. Dissident members hoped to unseat board members in a scheduled 2009 election that was never held after the EMC’s leadership voted in secret to allow proxy voting by mail. The high court ruled the board may not unilaterally change the method by which its members are chosen.
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.
Survivors of the 2005 Fulton County Courthouse shootings have made a sufficiently strong case to revive their lawsuit alleging negligence by security officers, the Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled. Court workers contend sheriff’s deputies did little or nothing to step up security around inmate Brian Nichols and compromised courthouse safety by misusing sick leave and leaving their posts for a breakfast run.