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.
Deaths in Richmond County jail raise questions about care Georgia’s Satilla River seen as ‘poster child’ for mercury poisoning Atlanta schools soft on cheats? Local pool might be hazardous to your health
Macon NAACP challenges ruling that ended firing oversight Court halts recall effort against Fayette commissioner busted for pot Douglas County election challenge sent to attorney general Brantley County jail beds intended to raise revenue lay empty
Hundreds of customers had their water service cut off earlier this year because the city of Atlanta mishandled retroactive billing for a rate hike, according to a new city audit. Moreover, an estimated one in five customers were not told before their water was turned off, as required by city code, the audit found. Water commissioner Robert Hunter disputed the findings.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard complained this week about judges releasing accused murderers on bond, after one allegedly shot a second victim in the face. He listed 45 defendants and wanted to know how they could return to the streets while awaiting trial. But jail records show four of the defendants are not accused of murder. A few others remain locked up. And the man responsible for releasing two of the suspects was … Paul Howard.
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The State Ethics Commission today opened a two-week window for job applicants who want to be the state’s new top ethics enforcer. The commission hopes to interview three finalists in public at its Oct. 15 meeting. When Rick Thompson was chosen in 2006, candidates were interviewed in closed session. Senior assistant attorney general Stefan Ritter described that today as “not the best practice.”
Domestic violence and the death last year of a beloved grandmother may have played a role in the suicide of a DeKalb County fifth-grader, an investigative report released Wednesday says. Retired Fulton County judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore found “no evidence” that school officials were told of alleged bullying of Jaheem Herrera, 11, before he took his life. But the judge suggested Jaheem was affected by domestic violence directed against his mother and by the death six months earlier of the grandmother who raised him.
Atlanta police officers refuse to cooperate with citizen review board Atlanta fires 911 chief Fulton DA: Too many murder suspects get bond Fulton fires prisoner monitoring company after escape, attack EPD approves permit for coal-fired power plant
Gov. Sonny Perdue took office in 2003 vowing to push “comprehensive ethics reform” and reverse 140 years of entrenched, Democrat-controlled good-old-boy cronyism. Now, as the governor’s final year in office approaches, a legislative smackdown suggest tougher ethics enforcement is an idea whose time has yet to come: The State Ethics Commission was stripped of its rule-making authority, took a 30 percent budget cut and lost a bid for tougher penalties for candidates who file financial reports late, or not at all. Now, executive secretary Rick Thompson is stepping down. He says it’s time to go. “I just believe in my own life it’s time to move on,” he said.
Two years ago, a Fulton County sheriff’s lieutenant almost lost his job for pocketing a civilian’s knife, then lying about it. Department rules say dismissal is the minimum penalty for lying, but Sheriff Myron Freeman let Lt. Earl Glenn stay with a 30-day unpaid suspension. Today, Glenn admitted that he repeatedly struck a jail inmate last year and lied when the FBI asked about it. He faces up to 15 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine.
The Good News: Residential burglaries are down 2 percent in Atlanta so far this year. The Bad News: That small dip follows a 65 percent spike during the three previous years. So reports Terminal Station, an Atlanta real estate blog that has started picking apart Atlanta’s crime statistics. An excellent, if somber, analysis that advances discussion of the issue beyond the spin from City Hall.